What is the TAG DER CLUBKULTUR?
TAG DER CLUBKULTUR is a project of the Clubcommission, launched in 2020 and funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Community and the Musicboard Berlin. Originally intended as a sign of life for Berlin's clubs in times of crisis, TAG DER CLUBKULTUR has since become an established cultural award and festival that annually honors the cultural and artistic commitment of Berlin's clubs and collectives.
How can clubs and collectives participate?
All Berlin clubs and collectives can apply for the award within the TAG DER CLUBKULTUR. The festival is also open to anyone who would like to be part of with their event. The motto of this year's TAG DER CLUBKULTUR is "Never Conforming - Ever Evolving". Submission is possible online during the period from June 05 to July 04.
What are the dates and deadlines?
June 05 applications open
June 14, 6 pm 1st info call for applicants
June 27, 6 pm 2nd info call for applicants
July 04 applications close
September 07 award ceremony
October 03 - 08 TAG DER CLUBKULTUR
Do we have to address both thematic focuses in our application?
Both topics are part of your application. However, how you interpret them is up to you, depending on your creativity and work. You can also answer one of the two topics in more detail and thereby set your own focus.
How are clubs and collectives awarded?
An independent board of trustees, consisting of five people representing different perspectives, disciplines and backgrounds of Berlin club culture, decides on the awarding of the prizes: BLEACH, Gudrun Gut, Smiley Baldwin, Yuko Asanuma, and one additional curatorial member to be announced shortly. Overarching criteria will also be included in this year's evaluation. These include the artistic and programmatic profile, the significance of the club or collective for Berlin club culture, awareness, diversity and anti-discrimination, ecological sustainability, promotion of young talent, contribution to international dialogue, and solidarity with staff and other cultural actors.
What are the program criteria for events during TAG DER CLUBKULTUR
The Board of Trustees attaches particular importance to diversity and equality in booking, as well as fair wages and support for local artists. Instead of flying in headliners for the TAG DER CLUBKULTUR, residencies and the local (club) cultural scene are to be strengthened. Therefore, interdisciplinary and intersectional programming, diverse and gender-parity lineups, viable security concepts as well as overviews of the recommended fees of the participating artists are desired. (see conditions of participation)
Do we need a firm commitment for a location when submitting our application?
We do not expect a fixed location. However, a possible location is part of an event concept. Therefore, ask yourself beforehand which location could fit your program and try to get in touch. If you have serious problems finding a location, please contact us.
In case we already book a venue for the TAG DER CLUBKULTUR event - will this be taken into account for the timings?
Yes, of course! It is our goal to fill the entire time period with events, but we will definitely take your availabilities, bookings, and scheduled dates into consideration.
Is the event for TAG DER CLUBKULTUR supposed to take place the entire time from October 3-9?
That is up to you. Your event can take place on one of these days, but it is also possible to organize an event that runs longer, takes place on different days or lasts the entire period. If you plan to start your event on the evening of October 2, this is also possible.
CAN TWO COLLECTIVES, A CLUB AND A COLLECTIVE, OR TWO CLUBS APPLY TOGETHER?
Yes, this is possible. This means that in case of an award you will also share the prize money and the trophy. Please make it clear in your application why you are applying together. Professional, programmatic, and artistic connections, a shared event history, or shared values may help the Board of Trustees better understand your joint application.
IN WHICH LANGUAGE CAN WE APPLY?
You can submit your application in both German and English. We have developed the entire application process in both English and German. We will have the applications translated into the respective other language for the Board of Trustees afterwards. Should you wish to do the translation yourself, you are very welcome to do so and submit the additional language version as a pdf via the application form. However, please note the character limits (of course, these apply to the language versions individually).
What about collectives that do not have a legal form yet?
First and foremost, we must be able to understand that you have been active for at least one year. At the same time, we need to know who is part of your collective, what activities you have implemented and what you plan to do in the future. The legal form is secondary.
Is a budget plan for the event of the DAY OF CLUB CULTURE part of the submission?
A budget plan is not mandatory, but it will help the Board of Trustees to better understand your approach. Nevertheless, the budget plan will not be part of the jury's decision. This is and will remain based on curatorial and artistic principles.
In case of an award, what does it mean to be part of the communication and documentation around the TAG DER CLUBKULTUR?
We will present all awarded collectives and clubs as well as their planned events on the communication channels of TAG DER CLUBKULTUR (website, Instagram, Facebook, newsletter). In addition, our photographers will visit your event and we ask you to document your event with photos as well. If you receive an award, we will inform you in detail about the texts and images we need from you.
What can the award be used for?
In principle, the money is available for free use, no proof of use is required. One possibility, for example, would be to use the money as deductible to future funding programs. Likewise, the prize money can be used for programming, for building measures or to improve the structures of your organization. It's up to you and you don't have to answer to us.
Does the prize money have to be used to finance the event on TAG DER CLUBKULTUR?
No, the prize money is not earmarked. You can use it as you wish.
Should the event for TAG DER CLUBKULTUR relate to the main topics of this year's announcement?
The thematic focus should be an inspiration for the programmatic design, but in the end the theme and content of the event is entirely up to you.
Can I organize a demonstration during TAG DER CLUBKULTUR?
Demonstrations may not be financed by public funds. Of course you are allowed to plan a demo as part of the TAG DER CLUBKULTUR, but in this case you will need to prove that the prize money will not be used to finance it.
What if my event for the DAY OF CLUB CULTURE cannot take place as planned?
Please contact us in time and we will try to find a solution together. However, if the planned event cannot take place due to unforeseen circumstances, this will not affect your award and prize money. These will remain with you.
Can we charge admission?
You can offer free admission to your event or sell tickets in advance as well as at the door. Depending on the format, please make sure to charge admission to your event in a way that allows financial accessibility to as many people as possible. Your door and admission policies, as well as the ticketing system, if applicable will be up to you to decide.