Join this year's CTM Festival and stir up the Turmoil. Read up about what the 2018 edition of the famous festival has to offer and get a taste of the musical acts with our handpicked playlist.
Text by Gabriela Holesova
Now that we’ve leapt into the fresh new year, let’s use our renewed dose of drive and determination to confront the chaos in the world that hasn’t quite changed with the number in the calendar. Music has always served as an antidote against all the wickedness in the world, or, as a sort of a war cry fuelling our direct empowered actions. And Berlin’s CTM Festival has consistently been a place to house both: featuring music and art reflecting current social and political conditions. At its 19th edition, the event is likely more insistent than ever – this year’s theme being ‘Turmoil’.
Strained by the antithetical essence of the social, political and environmental climate, we yearn for music that is resistant in its nature – music that makes us think and aims to stir the waters rather than go with the flow; music that calls for a revolt. All centred around the theme of ‘Turmoil’, the programme will be branching out into two sections: night time concerts and club events along with daytime lectures, artist talks and debates.
The festival is set to span between 26 January and 4 February and will be held at various Berlin venues, both old and new. Traditionally, the locations will include HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berghain, and Kunstquartier Bethanien, as well as other venues such as YAAM, Festsaal Kreuzberg, SchwuZ, and this year’s newcomer – Club OST. The music programme will present the likes of Boys Noize (DE), Antwood (CA), Bad Gyal (ES), Batu (UK), Laurel Halo (US/DE), Gaika (UK), JASSS (ES/DE), Lotic (US/DE), Medusa’s Bed—with the one and only Lydia Lunch—, Violence (US), Soda Plains (UK), Swan Meat (US/DE), Drew McDowall (US), and coucou chloe (UK) or Lyra (US/DE), who we have both interviewed a while ago, amongst many. You can still get your hands on the tickets; for purchase and more info, head to the festival’s website.
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Text: Gabriela Holesova
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