Berlin Cultural Conference founded

The largest alliance of Berlin's cultural associations with its own legal form arose from an initiative for a Berlin cultural promotion law. The Berlin Cultural Conference has set out to represent the entire breadth and diversity of Berlin's organized cultural landscape to politicians and the public.

On December 11, 2023, 16 cultural associations from various sectors, including the GBDA Berlin-Brandenburg state association, founded the Berlin Cultural Conference. The association emerged from the joint work in the initiative for a Berlin cultural funding law.

The purpose of the association is interdisciplinary cooperation, networking and the mutual exchange of information between Berlin's cultural organizations and associations in order to achieve common goals. 

For the first time, the Berlin Cultural Conference provides the opportunity to demand the participation of culture in urban development processes and other bodies, as has long been the case for sport, for example. It is also possible to accompany the development of a cultural promotion law for Berlin as a counterpart to politics and administration.

Janina Benduski (LAFT Berlin - Landesverband freie darstellende Künste e.V.), Andreas Köhn (ver.di) and Franziska Stoff (Landesmusikrat Berlin e.V.) were elected to the first board for a four-year term.

The founding members include:

  1. Working group for children's and youth theater
  2. bbk Berlin e.V.
  3. Berlin Literature Conference
  4. German Library Association, Berlin Regional Association
  5. Deutscher Tonkünstlerverband, Landesverband Berlin e.V.
  6. GDBA Berlin-Brandenburg
  7. Coalition of the Independent Scene (Bündnis Freie Szene Berlin e.V.)
  8. Cultural Policy Society Berlin
  9. LAFT Berlin - Landesverband freie darstellende Künste e.V.
  10. Landesmusikrat Berlin e.V.
  11. Landesverband Kulturelle Jugendbildung e.V.
  12. Network of independent project spaces and initiatives e.V.
  13. Central and Regional Library Foundation (representation of public libraries in Berlin)
  14. Unisono, German Music and Orchestra Association
  15. United Networks gUG
  16. ver.di - Berlin-Brandenburg

The aims of the association are:

  • the promotion of cultural diversity in Berlin,
  • the social security of cultural professionals,
  • Securing and expanding the infrastructure for artistic and cultural work,
  • Stabilization of funding for the independent scene and cultural institutions,
  • Transparency, diversity, parity and accessibility in cultural funding,
  • Promotion of ecological sustainability in the cultural sector,
  • Cultural mediation and cultural education of the population,
  • Preservation of cultural heritage,
  • Support and appreciation of those working in the cultural sector on a non-profit basis,
  • Involvement of creative artists in the further development of funding structures.

Further information is available from the founding members and the Board of Directors. A website and e-mail address are in preparation. Until then, the contact details of the Board of Directors are as follows:

Janina Benduski: janina.benduski@laft-berlin.de
Andreas Köhn: andreas.koehn@verdi.de
Franziska Stoff: stoff@landesmusikrat-berlin.de

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