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Hamburg Funds Indie Culture With 500,000 Euro

Expert jury chose seven projects to be granted funds from the Ministry of Culture's "Elbkulturfonds"

For the third time, Hamburg is supporting high-quality art projects with cross-regional appeal with a total of 500,000 euro from the cultural and tourist tax. An expert jury evaluated all entries. They covered nearly all genres, and ranged from visual arts, dance, free theatre, contemporary music and literature to multimedia installations. Established in 2013, the Elbkulturfund has proven itself as an important and independent funding instrument of Hamburg’s Ministry of Culture for projects outside the arts and culture scene. It was set up to encourage artists to dive into innovative and experimental art projects, and to implement support for them. In 2013 and 2014, support was granted to seven projects.

Migration and Flight as Focal Themes

The selection of projects by the jury reflects this year’s focal themes: the problem of migration and the situation of refugees in Germany. By its decision, the jury wanted to accentuate the relevance of these topics approached from different angles and perspectives by the projects. Prof Barbara Kisseler, Hamburg Minister of Culture: “For Hamburg’s cultural landscape, it is very important to see the independent scene strengthened. With the Elbkulturfonds, we aim to support the arts and the creative scenes in Hamburg and strengthen the attractiveness of Hamburg as a place of artistic and creative scene”. Jury member Sabina Dhein adds: To promote quality projects in the coming years, Hamburg should continue the development and expansion of its infrastructure for artists. The efforts of the Hamburg Ministry of Culture in Hamburg’s upper port are a good start to a long-term strategy.”

Expert Jury

This year, members of the high-ranking jury of experts included Prof Sabina Dhein, Hamburg University of Muci and Theatre, Prof Dr Florian Matzner, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich, Prof Dr Friedrich von Borries, University of Fine Arts, Hamburg, Matthias von Hartz, Berliner Festspiele, Berlin, and Dr Margarte Zander, freelance journalist Berlin/Hamburg.

Funds for Seven Projects

As in 2013 and 2014, seven projects will be funded by the Elbkulturfonds 2015:

funding: 100,000 euro
application by: Hannimari Jokinen

L’homme machine
funding: 86,000 euro
application by: Jan Dvorak

The Silent University
funding: 87,520 euro
application by: Curating the City, Marenka Krasomil

funding: 50,280 euro
application by: Baltic Raw

Der Botschafter: ein deutsch-afrikanisches Singspiel
funding: 52,800 euro
application by: Gintersdorfer/Klaßen

funding: 57,914 euro
application by: Jana Beckmann, Rami Chahin, Michael Isenberg

“Planet Hamam – Das osmonische Reich“
funding: 63,000 euro
application by: Jens Dietrich

Considered for funding are projects of all artistic disciplines with the exception of film production. Preferably interdisciplinary, they could be realised in partnerships with national and international artists. In addition, they will have to be developed and presented for Hamburg, and be relevant to an audience or public within the city limits of Hamburg.

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