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Concerts, DJ's, performance, family programme, films, talks

This year, the international culture festival DURCHLÜFTEN presents unique live concerts and DJ sets in the Schlüterhof courtyard. On twelve summer evenings from July 13th - August 5th, each Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening from 7 p.m., the festival invites you to a experience international music. On Saturdays it also offers an open air family program. Admission is free.

The transcultural and cross-genre program presents Berlin based musicians and international guests whose musical references range from Accra to Bogotá, from Belgrade to Bangkok and from Harare to Rio de Janeiro and combine these influences with current Berlin sounds. For twelve evenings, the specially designed Schlüterhof is transformed into a place where different styles of music, artists and visitors of all ages come together. The program, curated by Melissa Perales, presents various styles from FraFra gospel and drones to Turkish psychedelic, Afro-Caribbean transcendence and rap from Makoboka, the oldest township in Zimbabwe.

Further more, five Berlin-based musicians are working on the Humboldt Forum itself and its collections as part of a research residency. The artistic results will be presented at the last weekend of the festival in the form of a joint, performative concert evening. This residence program continues the dialogue between artists and the Humboldt Forum which grew over the past two years. Above all, it is about a practice of mutual exchange, transparency and the creation of a sustainable dialogue in order to give different positions, narratives and references space and visibility.


ABENEKO & The Positive Mind Tanzania |  Alogte Oho & the Sounds of Joy Ghana | Ahmed AG Kaedy Mali | AWA Khiwe (African Women Arise) Zimbabwe | BANTUNAGOJÊJE Bln-Brasil | Brushy One String Jamaica | Ben Olayinka (DJ Set) | Combo Chimbita NYC-Columbia | Chris Menists (DJ Set) | duendita NYC - Puerto Rico | DJ Dauwd |  EsRap Wien -Türkei | Gordon Bln - Serbia | Gotopo - Columbia-Venezuela | DJ Maryisonacid | Maque Pereyra (Dj set) Bln - Bogata | Merope Belgien- Lithuania | MLDVA w/ Petra Nachtmanova Poland | Austria | Bln | Onom Agemo & the Disco Jumpers Bln | TootArd Bern - Haifa | The Paradise Bangkok Molam International Band - Thailand |  Selassie Bln - Ghana | Tribute to Stella Rambisai Chiweshe: w/ her daughter and speaker of the Nekati clan: Virginia Mukwesha-Hetze & former students: Stefan Franke, Camille Bokhobza, & Fabiano Lima) |  Selassie Bln - Ghana

CURATORIAL STATEMENT - Melissa Perales, Curator

“The curation this issue continues to create a platform for the artists stories to be told, musically creating a bridge for the audience to join in, listen and dance. I believe there is something to offer for every music lover, from Fra Fra Gospel to Drone to Turkish psychedelic to Afro-Caribbean transcendence and even Rap from Makoboka, the the oldest township in Zimbabwe! I am ecstatic that we are again able to offer a beautiful spectrum of culture and music for free and accessible to all, a low threshold for audiences to come together and discover the beauty in multiplicity around them through music. A big emphasis will be on the relevance of “Community” in music, and about sometimes having to go outside of our bubbles to grow and heal through creativity. Communities are relevant for all artists, but especially those with migrant backgrounds, it plays a large role, as I experienced myself. Inside these communities we find support and a family but also learn about exchange and how to celebrate each other. I am a Mexican-American curator living in Berlin for the past 27 years and it has been my honor and I feel my duty to create spaces and stages like this where room is made for underrepresented, uprooted, and lost narratives to be told.”

Be there when we immerse ourselves in trans-traditional rhythms under the Berlin night sky on twelve summer evenings and celebrate what we have in common.

- Admission is free
- Schlüterhof im Humboldt Forum
- Open Air

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