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Reeperbahn Festival 2014 opened with high-ranking guests

Speaker emphasise the festival's international significance. Karel Bartak, head of Creative Europe Coordination of the EU Commission, demanded: “Look outside the borders!“

In her speech, Professor Monika Grütters, Minister of State for Culture and the Media, emphasised the international significance of the Reeperbahn Festival: “Meanwhile the Reeperbahn Festival has an outstanding position not only in Germany. In the past years it has developed in an impressive way and is playing in the top league now, also at international level. This is reflected in the number of professional visitors from home and abroad, which has grown year after year.”

German gateway of music

As in previous years, Hamburg’s Lord Mayor Olaf Scholz did not want to miss the opportunity to say the welcoming words. Scholz claimed that the Reeperbahn Festival had already “turned into Germany’s gate for the music world”. He welcomed visitors from all over the world: “You all should know: Contrary to the Hamburg coat of arms which still symbolises the medieval protection of our citizens and whose gates are therefore closed, the gate of our city will be wide open to welcome you to the Reeperbahn Festival.“

Look outside the borders!

Karel Bartak, head of Creative Europe Coordination of the EU Commission stressed the cultural diversity of the Reeperbahn Festivals and demanded: “Look outside the borders!“ This is exactly what “Europe’s largest club festival” is all about. Here people look beyond borders and understand that music in times of globalisation is consumed differently and internationally.

On fire for music and culture

In his speech, Prof. Dieter Gorny, Chairman of the Board of Bundesverbandes Musikindustrie e.V. (Federal Association of the Music Industry) again asks federal politicians and administrations to start defining the regulatory framework conditions for the almost completed digital revolution. This must be done to give artists the necessary freedom for their passionate and enthusiastic creative work. This is something Gorny finds especially in Hamburg: “At the Reeperbahn Festival, I can see once again what is possible when people, when a whole city is on fire for culture and music.“

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On Reeperbahn Festival

Hamburg’s nightlife district St Pauli will once again be the the international hotspot of music with Reeperbahn Festival until 20 September. For four days, it will stage some 400 concerts at 70 venues, showcasing new talents from various music genres. Launched in 2006, Germany’s largest club festival meanwhile developed into one of the top three meetings of the music and digital economy in Europe. At the ninth edition of the Reeperbahn Festival, the organisers expect more than 30,000 visitors.

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