Clubbing is Culture. Because it is. As we continue to see the eradication of spaces to dance and face the repercussions of living through a pandemic, we wanted to encourage people to see clubbing for what it was – culture – and something you have to work hard to nurture and protect.!
As with all culture, if it’s not nourished and given space to grow, it will die. And whilst it may not be * your * culture, that does not invalidate the fact that clubbing is indeed, culture. This mini doc features the voices of five prominent cultural commentators and creators against a backdrop of light projections on some of the most iconic former clubbing venues in Dublin.
Hazel Chu – Dublin Lord Mayor
Philly McMahon – ThisIsPopBaby
Mona Lxsa – founder of Gxrl Code
Una Mullally – Writer & co-presenter of United Ireland
John Mangru – Designer & Clubber
NoMoreHotels; Thinkhouse & Algorithm joined forces on Culture Night, an event that seeks to ‘Connect Through Culture’, to highlight the value of clubbing for connection; what’s lost when we dismiss its value and to reinforce the fact that clubbing is indeed, culture.
The carcasses of some of the most iconic former clubbing venues which have since been replaced with hotels came alive again with light projections of scenes of what has gone before and with pleas of where we need to go. If clubbing continues to be excluded from the traditional definition of culture in people’s minds, we’ll see the eradication of a culture that has persevered through some of humanity’s hardest times, has helped people survive and thrive and has been the catalyst for some of fashion, art, theatre and music’s most iconic moments. Culture.
With this project, we celebrate the fact that clubbing brings people together, it provides growth, art and identity – as well as a rich economy. We celebrate how clubbing enables us to communicate, create and connect in unique and magical ways.
The Global Nighttime Recovery Plan launches the fourth instalment that looks at support models for nightlife industry workers, individuals and vulnerable populations.
A collaboration from those working in nightlife and nighttime advocacy bring you a heartfelt and factual chapter four of the Global Nighttime Recovery Plan (GNRP)
Chapter four of the #GNRP is explicitly about the people who make up nightlife, their current needs and obstacles faced. Offering practical strategies from around the world with recommendations directed towards governments and industries willing to invest in nighttime culture.
Additionally, it provides recommendations for reforms which would create a more sustainable nighttime economy that provides more security, prosperity, and dignity to workers. industries, or other actors.
Why does it matter?
Nightlife was halted in March 2020 – part of the global shutdown response to prevent the spread of Covid-19. In early 2021, countries are still experiencing rising infection rates and business closures continue. Despite encouraging news about vaccines and rapid testing technologies, the end of the pandemic is not imminent and the hope that nightlife closures would be temporary has evaporated.
Nightlife workers have seen their income disappear, relief funds and subsidies have largely been insufficient with the majority of workers slipping through the cracks, adding to the fact that nightlife workers were often vulnerable and “unseen” prior to this pandemic.
“The pandemic has been hard on nightlife workers and on the spaces where they work. Creative spaces which rely on assemblies of people to generate revenue are the “first to close, last to open” –
Michael Fichman – City planner, researcher and lecturer at PennPraxis as well as nightlife organiser and musician.
The Corona pandemic forces us all to keep our distance and robs us of things that define what we are: human closeness and social interaction.
Deserted dance floors, silent speakers, abandoned DJ consoles, stationary mirror balls – there has probably never before been such a dark, quiet New Year’s Eve in the clubs around the world. German Chancellor Fellow Diana Raiselis was not able to dance the New Year in either. She is now doing everything in her power to ensure that the situation changes as soon as possible by designing safe, sustainable concepts for the nighttime economy. A former Chicago theatre director and a founding member of the Los Angeles Nightlife Alliance, the American has been in Berlin since October 2019. Her host during her fellowship is Lutz Leichsenring, executive board member and press officer of the Berlin Clubcommission, an advocacy group representing club culture. Diana’s original plan: research and analyse Berlin night life through the lens of the UN Sustainable Development Goals’ vision of environmental, social, and economic sustainability.
Bristol is set to appoint a new ambassador to champion the nighttime economy and spearhead economic recovery in the sector.
It will see the city follow in the footsteps of London and Manchester with the creation of the dedicated ‘night czar’ to support venues, bars, restaurants, clubs and cultural institutions, and help them to rebuild in the wake of the pandemic.
“This new advisor will be an ambassador Bristol’s fantastic night-time economy by championing the value of Bristol’s cultural venues, bars, restaurants and clubs and support the development of a more diverse range of late night cultural activities building on opportunities to diversify and grow Bristol’s evening and nighttime economy,”Said Marti Burgess, the chair of the Bristol @ Night panel and co-owner of Lakota
A job description for the new advisor position was approved by the Bristol @ Night panel on Thursday and the appointed person will not only seek to advocate for the nighttime economy but also play a key role in helping it to diversify and grow.
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The Independent reports that the UK turned down the “standard” proposal for non-EU countries, which would allow touring professionals to stay 90 days without a visa. This is because the UK, which recently introduced stricter controls on immigration, doesn’t want to grant EU states the same arrangement.
From this month, European artists must, like non-EU artists, apply for visas – to visit for more than 30 days – as well as providing proof of savings and a sponsorship certificate from an event organiser.
The Independent understands the UK did ask for a similar 30-day exemption for its performers, but rejected 90 days – to fit with its own new rules.
In order to find solutions to the impact of the global crisis, the collaborative creative laboratory of VibeLab and Jägermeister is organising the very first hackathon to save nightlife. “The Denkathon” will take place digitally between the 15th -17th January 2021.
The aim of the digital Denkathon is to find creative solutions for the preservation of night culture, taking into account diverse expertise from scientific, political, technological and the nightlife industry backgrounds.
“Awareness of the dire situation in the industry and financial support are important. But what is needed now above all is solutions and perspectives on how the nightlife industry will continue.”Kathleen Schied , Head of Marketing Jägermeister Germany:
What areas of nightlife will the Denkathon focus on?
The Denkathon will address five current nightlife challenges which will be processed in virtual rooms, called “clubs”, with groups of up to six people.
- The Club Social will focus on how we can stay connected in our private and professional life, despite the challenges physical distance can impose upon communities.
- The Daybreak Club is dedicated to problem solving how major events such as festivals and concerts can be resumed.
- Movers and Shakers Club will look at the pathways restauranteurs can take to generate sales despite persistent restrictions.
- Club Culture Club is about generating ideas for established and emerging artists who have been hit hard by the crisis because they can no longer live out their creativity. How will it be possible to give them a stage back?
- Club Dance explores what technologies help us to reopen locations like bars and clubs, taking into account the current restrictions?
Each club is moderated and inspired by experts. For example, the Berlin graduate psychologist Franziska Lauter will contribute to the Club Social . In her practice in Berlin-Mitte, Lauter primarily advises artists and people whose creative work is in public.
At the end of the think tank, a five-person jury will evaluate all possible solutions according to criteria such as creativity or feasibility.
On January 17th, the three most promising ideas will be announced at the Denkathon and the first three places will be rewarded with prize money.
The jury will consist of representatives from the hospitality, event industry, science, technology and politics. Among others, David Süß, who runs the Harry Klein Club in Munich and, as a member of the GRÜNEN in Munich’s city council, is committed to sustainable nightlife, is part of the committee.
“2021 will be a difficult year of transition, where creativity is required to give artists a stage, to generate income and to be able to hold events safely. We are hoping for exciting impulses and ideas with the Denkathon”Lutz Leichsenring, co-founder of VibeLab.