2019-09-25 16:39

Recap Reeperbahn Festival 2019

Looking back at the MCN events @ Reeperbahn Festival 2019

This year’s Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg featured a wide range of activities from and for the Music Cities Network. The first day of the festival was highlighted by the MCN General Assembly, where the 3 new member cities Bergen, Manchester and Reykjavik were welcomed and the current state and future outlook of the network was discussed. 

Thanks to our showcase partners PROMUS - Produktionscenteret for Rytmisk Musik i Aarhus, Devil Duck Records, Hamburg Music, Reykjavík Music City and Vyva Entertainment, the MCN had again the opportunity to present 4 exciting and aspiring artists from its member cities at famous Hamburg Haus on the second day of the festival. After a brief introduction to the network by Lena Ingwersen, Josephin Bovién (Aarhus/DK), Teitur Magnússon (Reykjavik/IS), Scotch&Water (Hamburg, DE) and Dobby (Sydney/AUS) presented a display of their incredible talent and set the crowd at the packed Hamburg Haus - figuratively - on fire.

The third day of the MCN activities started with the first and very well-received matchmaking session with over 25 music business representatives from Berlin, Groningen, Hamburg, Manchester, Nantes, Reykjavik, Sydney, Aarhus and Canada. With this format the network provided a platform to establish new international contacts between the member cities and beyond on a business level. To be continued. 

Concluding this year’s Reeperbahn Festival from a MCN point of view, a panel on Sharing strategies for smarter Music Cities gave room for insights and discussions on current developments in the connection of music cities. This question has derived from recent research, which has shown that the development of music networks and music cities are deeply entangled. Findings, experiences and recommendations for action need to be used more sustainable and be shared by network actors and their cities. 

Hosted by Lena Ingwersen (Music Cities Network), Prof. Dr. Carsten Winter (University of Music, Theater and Media, Hannover), Christine Preitauer (kre|H|tiv Netzwerk Hannover), Olivier Tura (Trempolino, Nantes), Dr. Shain Shapiro (Sound Diplomacy, London) and María Rut Reynisdóttir (Project Manager, Reykjavik Music City) discussed best practices, sustainable networks and future challenges for music cities. This final event was conducted in cooperation with the Gesellschaft für Musikkultur- und Musikwirtschaftsforschung (GMM). 

Looking at the current political situation on our world, the rise of right wing parties, prejudices against other thinking inhabitants - there is the urgent need to work together. Transnational exchange - without borders - are vital to learn from each other. Creating good frames for music in cities can be one tool to minimise discriminative behaviour and create new horizons. Members of international music city networks have a responsibility to underline the value of music to their city representatives, helping them understand that music needs to be understood as integrated tool of urban development. 

The Music Cities Network would like to express its gratitude to all participants, guests and persons who helped to establish the various events at Reeperbahn Festival. See you soon! 

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