StreamBerlin is a joint cooperation between AVA, the Association of Public Libraries in Berlin (VÖBB) and Berlin's cultural institutions.
While creating the project, our joint goal was to not only represent Berlin's art and cultural scene online, but also to make this content freely available to all citizens.
StreamBerlin shows Berlin's cultural life in all its diversity. The Konzerthaus Berlin, the streaming initiative United We Stream, the Quasimodo Club, the dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests, the short film festival interfilm and the European Film Academy are all represented in the program. Among StreamBerlin collections viewers can find DJ and live sets, discussions, classical and jazz concerts, dance theatre and opera performances as well as short films and award-winning children's and youth films. The offer is complemented by educational content from the Konzerthaus Berlin for children and youth, as well as dance tutorials from the dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests.
Wherever Berliners are - on holiday, on the train, in the home office or in quarantine - Berlin cultural life is always within reach via the Berlin libraries!
Music moves people and brings them together – the Konzerthaus Berlin is convinced of this. From classics performed at the highest level, such as Johannes Brahms’ symphonies with the Konzerthausorchester Berlin under principal conductor Christoph Eschenbach, to hybrid music events both live and online with ensembles from the Berlin music scene. The Konzerthaus and the Konzerthausorchester Berlin are committed to giving a broad public, regardless of education level or social background, the opportunity to enjoy classical music in an unbiased way. At the concert hall on Gendarmenmarkt, this includes large symphony concerts as well as innovative formats, such as the enthusiastically received “Mittendrin – Right in the Middle”, in which listeners sit directly next to orchestral musicians in concert, public rehearsals moderated by conductors, our Mozart matinee with musical childcare.
For StreamBerlin Konzerthaus Berlin provides, apart from recordings of classical concerts, the award winning series of clips #klangberlins that reproduces the sound of Berlin city life.
The dance company Sasha Waltz & Guests was founded by Sasha Waltz and Jochen Sandig in Berlin in 1993. To date, more than 300 artists and ensembles from the fields of architecture, visual arts, choreography, film, design, literature, fashion and music from 30 countries have collaborated as »Guests« on over 80 productions, »Dialoge« projects and films. Apart from Berlin stagings, national and international guest performances and the continual work on the repertoire, Sasha Waltz & Guests has been increasingly committed to educational and social projects. In 2007, the Children’s Dance Company (»Kindertanzcompany«) was founded and since 2016 the interdisciplinary and open exchange platform »ZUHÖREN« serves as a »third space for art and politics«. Alongside these initiatives, the company continues to propose diverse offers in the field of knowledge transfer. Sasha Waltz & Guests is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
Berlin residents with a library card can on this platform dive into the works of Sasha Waltz and the company by watching filmic versions of »Travelogue I – Twenty to Eight« (1993), »Allee der Kosmonauten« (1996), »Körper« (2000), »noBody« (2002), »Impromptus« (2004), »Dido & Aeneas« (2005), »Jagden & Formen (Zustand 2008)«, »Passion« (2010), »Matsukaze« (2011), »Sacre« (2013), »Kreatur« (2017) as well as 2 production of the Kindertanzcompany (Children’s Dance company) or try dancing themselves with 3 dance tutorials.
Quasimodo is one of the oldest clubs in Berlin. Not only is it one of the most renowned live music clubs in the German capital, but also throughout the whole of Europe. Opened as a jazz club in 1975, Quasimodo soon became the second home for many international artists from a huge range of genres. Located beneath Delphi Filmpalast in the heart of Berlin, Quasimodo Club has become a world-famous venue for jazz, blues, rock, latin, soul and funk concerts, with a well-deserved reputation for high-quality music. Quasimodo unites music fans of all ages from across the world in the spirit of Rock’n’Roll. The club is a space where well-established artists together with emerging talent enjoy engaging with their audience.
For StreamBerlin, Quasimodo has exclusively produced a series of 7 videos in which concert footage alternates with reflections on the various musical styles and musican's personal stories.
The successful fundraising campaign for the Berlin clubs evolved into a global cultural platform and streaming initiative in the digital space. The cross-genre and interdisciplinary streaming formats offer low-threshold access and connect local cultural spaces, artists, cultural creators, enterprises and other institutions with a global audience.
As an international cultural platform, United We Stream is committed to preserving diverse club culture and its values. Together with its 124 global partner cities the initiative is facing the current crisis and is intensively engaged in the topics of modern cultural education and the digitalisation of the arts and culture.
interfilm is Berlin's largest and oldest short film festival. Every year in November, we fill a wide variety of venues throughout Berlin with a diverse program ranging from political concerns to artistic experimentation. More than 400 short films are selected for each festival and curated in the various sections. We have highly-endowed competitions as well as obscure special programs, regional focuses, film talks, workshops, concerts, parties and networking meetings as well as industry events. We are FFA- and OSCAR®-relevant.
For StreamBerlin, interfilm curated a selection of 50 short films from the #CoronaKino programme.
The creation of the European Film Academy was the initiative of a group of Europe’s finest filmmakers brought together on the occasion of the first European Film Awards Ceremony in November 1988. It now unites more than 4,000 European film professionals and seeks to support and connect these members and celebrates and promotes their work. The Academy’s aims are to share knowledge and to educate audiences of all ages about European cinema. Positioning itself as a leading organisation and facilitating crucial debates within the industry, the Academy strives to unite everyone who loves European cinema.
That also includes younger film-lovers and as an official category of the European Film Awards, the YOUNG AUDIENCE AWARD presents three European films to 12-14-year-old audiences across Europe. The young audiences participating in the YAA screenings act as a jury and vote for the winner who receives the European Film Awards statuette.
On AVA StreamBerlin the European Film Academy showcases five films that were nominated for or awarded with the Young Audience Award.