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Press Release
10 August 2021

Dear Media Partners, Dear Colleagues,

Pop culture has always been about lot more than just music, which is why Reeperbahn Festival's Art, Word and Film programme regularly puts the connections between other creative disciplines and music in the spotlight. So, again this year visitors to Reeperbahn Festival will gain insights into a variety of creative fields such as photography, silkscreen art, theatre and dance performances, readings, live podcasts and independent films. At venues such as the Arts Playground, the Thalia Theater, the Zeise Kinos, the Messehallen and many more, programme events will again be showing how closely linked current issues such as diversity and sustainability are with the topic of music. 
Events include: the exhibition including light installation (IN)BETWEEN Music & Graphics; Sibylle Berg's musical social critique, GRM Brainfuck; Reeperbahn Festival's collaboration with PHOTOPIA Hamburg; readings on the future of literary forms of our time; 31 + 1 declarations of love for live club culture, and the German premiere of the Sparks Brothers by director Edgar Wright. 

Frehn Hawel



Arts, Word & Film at Reeperbahn Festival 2021

Just about six weeks to go now before the 16th Reeperbahn Festival finally kicks off. The Arts, Word and Film programme is a firm fixture on the festival schedule. As well as the amazing number of live concerts, all festival visitors get to experience the overlapping of creative disciplines such as visual arts, spoken word or film with music and pop culture. Artistic interpretations of topical socio-political issues will give fans plenty of food for thought, portray future-based models of human coexistence, but will also serve up a hearty treat from a purely audio-visual angle. And 2021 Reeperbahn Festival audiences will also enjoy a broad selection of programme items from the fields of Arts, Word and Film.


In the Arts line-up, the multi-digital exhibition (IN)BETWEEN | Music & Graphics at the Arts Playground in the Festival Village will take visitors on an interactive journey between the worlds of graphics and music. Concert posters by international designers (including from this year’s partner country this year South Korea and the US, UK, Australia, Estonia) and insights into the colourful world of vinyl records will be on display in several sea containers. The exhibition will be staged via a lighting installation specially created for Reeperbahn Festival by the acclaimed collective Lichtgestalten, who have worked with Jan Delay, HONNE and many more.
At the Thalia Theater, Sybille Berg’s social portrayal, Thalia Theater | GRM Brainfuck, turns an angry lens on the progressive, inhumane neo-liberal marketisation of all spheres of life, among other things. The soundtrack to all this is grime, or GRM for short, the logical choice - a style dubbed by some of the greatest musical revolution since punk and performed live on stage by London grime collective Ruff Sqwad Arts Foundation. All Reeperbahn Festival visitors can reserve theatre tickets here and collect them at the Thalia box office up to 30 minutes before the start of the performance.
PHOTOPIA Hamburg | Share your Vision, a photography and film event taking place just a short walk from the Festival Village, is open to all Reeperbahn Festival visitors. Young and established artists from the digital imaging scene will be appearing, using two stages and a hall design with 350 sea containers offering ample space for installations, hidden galleries, keynote addresses and workshops for all photo enthusiasts, while notable photographic equipment manufacturers will present their latest cameras and kit.

This year’s Word programme is being held at various Reeperbahn Festival venues, and features the perfect event in the shape of the inaugural reading for the book release of Potzblitz | 31 + 1 Liebeserklärungen an meinen Liveclub (31 + 1 declarations of love for my live club): Ben Hartmann (Milliarden), Heinz Ratz (Strom & Wasser) and Ina Bredehorn (Deine Cousine), along with initiators Sebastian Schwaigert and Marc Huttenlocher, will present exclusive texts on their individual defining moments in live clubs.
At the talk event Zukunft Schreiben | Wie klingt die Gegenwartsliteratur Next.0 (Writing the Future | What Does Contemporary Literature Next.0 Sound Like), put on in collaboration with Missy Magazine, debut authors Hengameh Yaghoobifarah, Lisa Krusche and Ronya Othmann talk to Missy editor Jennifer Beck about the hurdles faced by newcomers to the traditional literary business and the changing forms of literature in these current times. Journalist (for taz, ZEIT ONLINE) and presenter Şeyda Kurt | Radikale Zärtlichkeit - Warum Liebe politisch ist (Radical Tenderness - Why Love is Political) (photo) dissects common love paradigms in the context of patriarchy, racism and capitalism and asks what a new concept of love for our age might look like.

The Reeperbahn Festival 2021 Film programme presents a curated selection of current international independent films at the Zeise Kinos with a special focus on diversity and identity issues.
At the Hamburg premiere of Nico (GER, 2021), a film about a Persian-German nurse who battles her way back into life again after a racist attack, some of the crew will provide insights into the background and making of this moving film by the multi-award-winning lead actress, co-screenwriter and producer Sara Fazilat.
The German premiere of the documentary The Sparks Brothers (USA, 2021) by Edgar Wright (Baby Driver, Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead, among others) provides insights into the stylistically eclectic and enduring musical career of the brother duo Ron and Joel Mael.
In No Ordinary Man (CAN, 2020), directing duo Aisling Chin-Yee and Chase Joynt accomplish not only a groundbreakingly different look at US jazz musician and transcultural icon Billy Tipton, but more so, a moving legacy of a special figure.

A run-down of all other Arts, Word and Film programme events can be found here.


Reeperbahn Festival Website

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