By Keren Karp, Maria Paula Gutierrez, David Karolinski and Claudia Rojas
Marzahn and other “invisible” districts of Berlin may very well be the next upcoming playground of the independent music scene in the city.
An offbeat course on the creative industries of Berlin, offered at the Hertie School of Governance in collaboration with INPOLIS, lured us into a small research project examining the relationship of Berlin’s public policy framework to the evolvement of the independent music industry in the city. Along our research, we reached the conclusion that public policy should foster the expansion of the music industry to districts located in the outskirts of the city, i.e. Marzahn. In this article, we present a short background to introduce our case study, our findings and our consequent proposals.
Music industry in Berlin and especially in Marzahn
The music sector is one of Berlin’s most important creative industries in regards to tourism and city branding and it has always been a driving factor in the German music scene. The relatively cheap real-estate prices in comparison to the German average are a key incentive for music sector players to move to the capital. Since this sector in Berlin is mostly composed of small-to-medium sized independent companies, the Berlin Music Commission (BMC) is the overarching non-governmental network representing the music industries political and financial interests through lobbying and public affairs. Continue reading
Rock al Parque, Bogotá
by Ares Kalandides
Last month Bogotá was designated “City of Music” by the UNESCO, and it now participates in the growing network of “Creative Cities” that counts 30 cities from all over the word – 5 of which are Cities of Music (the others being Bologna, Sevilla, Glasgow and Ghent). This is how UNESCO describes the decision:
“Bogota is recognized foremost for its fast growing musical sector and dynamic music scene as a major centre of musical creation and activity in Latin America.
In accordance with the mission of the Creative Cities Network, the city promotes music as a tool for socio-economic improvement and cultural diversity. With its unique profile as a cultural exchange hub on a national and regional level, Bogota is expected to strongly increase international cooperation opportunities for the Network. Continue reading
by Brendan Colgan
As a both a life-long fan and a musician, I have always admired how music allows us to seemingly transcend physical boundaries (no drugs required, I promise). I’ve gone Walking in Memphis, danced with Mrs. Hippo in Paris, and Left My Heart in San Francisco all in the impulses of one evening. You can internalize the music, the lyrics, and in a way, they become your own – even though they are written by others. Music triggers emotional associations- even with a place. Continue reading
by Renard Teipelke
In an ideal setting of a vibrant tourist city, tourists intermingle with residents and thereby experience a place authentically. This ideal balance can easily swing to either side. A great place that only a small number of tourists visit, normally qualifies as an insider’s tip. Where a place is inundated by thousands of tourists, it can become fragmented, and residents build their own sanctuaries, while tourist businesses create an artificial travel brochure setting (sometimes referred to as the Disneyfication of a place). In the current discussion, an overcrowding of Berlin by too many tourists is recognized. Examples range from the Disneyfication of Checkpoint Charlie and endless tourists streams at Unter den Linden to countless groups with trolley bags rushing from A to B and the highly controversial party crowds in a Kiez like Kreuzberg or Friedrichshain. Continue reading