United We Stream hosted a virtual music festival on 25 and 26 July 2020 at four iconic locations in Berlin: the Neues Museum, the Botanical Garden Berlin, the former Tempelhof Airport, and the old Monopol distillery.
This innovative fusion of cultural-historical places with artists from a club cultural background sends a clear message: club and high culture take place at eye level.
The donations went to our campaign ‘Save Berlin’s club culture in quarantine’ to support Berlin clubs in the Covid-19 crisis. 8% of the festival proceeds went to the non-profit initiative ‘Gesicht Zeigen!’ (Show your face), which encourages people to take action against xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism and right-wing extremist violence.
Botanical Garden Berlin
The Botanische Garten Berlin (Botanical Garden Berlin) has always kept pace with contemporary discourse – bringing science and art together and opening up spaces for different ways of experiencing nature.
In solidarity with the crisis of Berlin’s cultural scene, the Botanical Garden supports the rescue of our spaces and the promotion of an interactive dialogue to create a new dimension of cultural events. Time-relevant developments are the key to responsible growth. On 43 hectares with more than 20,000 plant species, the Botanical Garden emphasizes the diversity of nature that needs to be protected – as well as the diversity in club culture, which is a place of retreat and protection for visitors.
The Monopol is an old distillery in Reinickendorf, on the border to Gesundbrunnen and Pankow, which is currently being revived. The federal monopoly administration for spirits was once located here for a long time.
Now a new alliance of entrepreneurs and organizations has come together to slowly bring this place back to life. In the next few years, a campus will be built here, where people from the most diverse cultures and fields will come together to jointly shape the future of the food industry. Where new digital technologies and artistic perspectives will find their space. Where working, living and learning merge in a contemporary way.
The monopoly is the best example of our vision of the United We Stream Festival. From its initial construction as a distillery, it is now evolving into a visionary campus where art, culture, technology and the future of food production merge and the course is set for a shared future.
Neues Museum x DUAT
The Neues Museum brings together exhibits from three collections that are interrelated in terms of space and content: the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection, the Museum of Pre- and Early History and the Collection of Classical Antiquities.
The stream took place in cooperation with the Berlin record label DUAT, which has been involved with ancient Egyptian culture and art since its founding in 2017. Amin Fallaha, born in Frankfurt, and Ruede Hagelstein, born in Berlin, combine a culture handed down thousands of years ago with contemporary dance music. Amin Fallaha follows the paths of his own origins. As the child of a Syrian father and an Egyptian mother, he has gotten to know different cultural circles since his birth in Germany. Through his roots he establishes a special connection to the exhibits of the Papyrus Collection.
Tempelhof Airport in its present form was built between 1936 and 1941 according to the plans of Ernst Sagebiel. The largest architectural monument in Europe stands for the monumental self-dramatization of the National Socialists, but has also become a symbol of freedom through the Airlift of 1948/49. In view of the opening of the new major airport BER in Schönefeld, Tempelhof Airport was closed forever on 30 October 2008. With the end of flight operations at Tempelhof, Berlin regained a large inner-city open space and one of the world’s largest buildings in a central location. Since then, the disused Tempelhof Airport with its monumental buildings and open tarmac has offered a place for experimentation and a new city quarter for art, culture and the creative industries. United We Stream sees the location as a symbol for the assumption of responsibility towards the past by giving it a format for the future.