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Dear reader,

We have a lot going on these days:

We're making up for last week's cancelled Focus Session on "Festival Season 2021" already on Thursday, 29 April, starting at 4:00 pm.

Today we are launching the Call for Proposals for the International Music Journalism Award 2021, and we continue to welcome submissions to our Call for Papers on topics for our September conference and briefly introduce you to the recently published Guide to Music and the SDGs.

Finally please also keep 7 & 8 May in mind: Then, we will be discussing the topic "Pop n Politics - Global perspectives on nighttime recovery" on our digital conference platform.

© Maureen Vollmer


Festival saison 2021

Together with our Media Partners Musikwoche and Höme we present the digital Focus Session on the topic "Festival Saison 2021" on 29 April.

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© Aisha Nafu


 Call for Proposals: International Music Journalism Award 2021

Today we are launching the call to find the Music Journalist of the Year and the year's best works of music journalism 2021. So from now on you can suggest great works right after you have read or heard them (retroactively until June 2020).

Who has helped you understand music better? Where do you go to find the best background information? Which format has been most exciting in the last year?

For the 5th time, the International Music Journalism Award is to be awarded at Reeperbahn Festival 2021. The ceremony will take place on Friday, 24 September. Save the date!

We are very pleased that, together with our partners Centre national de la musique and Steppeulven - den danske Kritikerpris, we can once again honor prizes for works from the French and Danish language areas alongside those in German and English.


Call For Papers

Anybody who would like to give a talk or present a project for the Reeperbahn Festival Conference program 2021 is now invited to submit a proposal by 16 May 2021. The proposal should relate to the music industry and raise as many new and unusual aspects as possible and convey, in a best way scenario, in an interesting and innovative way. 

  • Reeperbahn Festival Conference 2021:
    22 – 25 September 
  • Hamburg
  • Apply until: 16 May
  • For anybody who would like to give a talk or presentation at #rbfc21 
 On 7 & 8 may


The online edition will start on Friday, 7 May 2021 with the Focus Session "Global Perspectives on Nighttime Recovery" – including The Global Nighttime Recovery Plan, workshops and panels from 3:00-7:00 pm on the digital conference platform.

Pop'n'politics is a cooperation between Reeperbahn Festival and Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, presented by Rolling Stone.


post-pandemic nightlife: how can it become more resilient & sustainable?

Findings from the Global Nighttime Recovery Plan will be presented, followed by interactive workshops on The future of safe(r) and equitable nightlife spaces and The future of nightlife and its freedom.

Hosted by Lewamm "Lu" Ghebremariam (BRENN.,, Tara Duvivier (Pratt Center, New York City), Lo Marshall (UCL London), and Michael Fichman (PennPraxis, University of Philadelphia).

global perspectives on nighttime recovery

The "Hamburg declaration for the future of nightlife", signed by more than 60 Nightmayors, is the basis for the panel Global perspectives on nighttime recovery: Working towards a more resilient, sustainable and equitable future. 

Moderated by Torsten Groß (Rolling Stone), with participants from Alarmstufe Rot, Yourope and UN Habitat. 

pop'n'politics debattenraum: dancefloor

On Saturday 8 May from 8:00 - 10:00 pm we will stream the Saturday Night Show pop’n’politics – Debattenraum: Dancefloor. Gedanken, Geschichten und Songs über Gender, Diversity und Identität, with guests including Sam Vance-Law, Silly, Celina Bostic, Jackie Thomae and the Make a Move Band.


Guide to Music and the SDGs 

The Center for Music Ecosystems has recently published a Guide to music and the sustainable development goals. It offers a new model to think about the impact music can have on our world and how we can meet the Global Goals by 2030 and will be a perfect preparation for the planned third Summit on Music & the SDGs at Reeperbahn Festival in September. 

Reeperbahn Festival Website

Reeperbahn Festival Conference is organised by 
Inferno Events GmbH & Co. KG
Neuer Pferdemarkt 1, 20359 Hamburg / Germany
PhG: Inferno Events Verwaltungs GmbH, 
Gf: Alexander Schulz, Detlef Schwarte, HRB: 78130

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