Symposium Day 2: Between Scathing Reviews and Marketing – the Future of Cultural Journalism in Dialogue with the Independent Performing Arts Community

12. August 2021 | 13:30 -
Refugio Berlin, Lenaustraße 3-4, 12047 Berlin

Symposium Day 2: Between Scathing Reviews and Marketing – the Future of Cultural Journalism in Dialogue with the Independent Performing Arts Community

2-day symposium on August 11 and 12, 2021

Day 2 for Everyone Interested

The results of the first day serve as a basis for day 2, which is open to all representatives of the independent performing arts and cultural journalism. This will result in an open exchange of thoughts and ideas whereby controversies, the unforeseen and surprises are all expressly desired, bacause the media landscape has changed radically! On the one hand, cultural journalists are losing gigs and income while the independent arts community is finding that it is featured less and less in newspapers, online magazines and on the radio. On the other, previously unknown perspectives, media and distribution channels are opening up. How can these changes be dealt with in a productive manner? How can cultural journalism be rethought? Has the time come, perhaps, for new alliances and solidarity between these two spheres? What opportunities do freelance cultural journalists have to earn a living from their work and yet remain independent? What alternatives does the independent arts community have for making its work known to a larger audience?

Day 1 for Professionals

On the first day of the symposium, we invite representatives from: press and public relations, cultural journalists, critics, bloggers, podcasters, students and other professionals. Together we want to pursue job-specific questions, think about challenges and possible solutions: press and public relations work and cultural journalism are in a state of upheaval. What makes cultural journalism important at a time when the diversity of voices has increased enormously? What channel does it take place on when newspapers struggle with rapidly falling circulation? What financing models are there? Which partners are needed? What is the difference between critics and influencers? Is the communication between art and journalists working? We, the cultural journalist Georg Kasch and the team of the Performing Arts Program, want to discuss these questions with specialist guests on the first day of the symposium.


Important Information for Registration

The programming will take place as a live event at the Refugio Berlin – in order to participate, a same-day negative COVID-19 quick test result with corresponding certification is mandatory. A list of nearby testing stations will be provided upon registration.

We ask you to make a binding registration by August 4, 2021 by sending an email to symposium2021 [at] The detailed hygiene concept for taking part in this event live and on location will be provided upon registration.


Schedule of Events

1:00 pm
Accreditation and Coffee

2:00 pm
Opening Greeting by Janina Benduski (LAFT Berlin)

2:10 pm
Presentation of the Discussion Results of the Previous Day

With Elena Philipp (, DLF Kultur) and Julian Kamphausen (Performing Arts Program)

14:40 pm
Keynote Speeches and Discussion

What do I want from cultural journalism? What do I want from the performing arts? And how will we work together?
With Sahar Rahimi (Monster Truck), Georg Kasch (critic) moderated by Elena Philipp (, DLF Kultur) and Julian Kamphausen (Performing Arts Program)

4:00 pm
Coffee Break

4:30 pm
Parallel Keynote Speeches, Rounds of Exchange and Table Conversations
Table A:
"New journalistic and high-visibility cultural techniques of self-empowerment"
With Özge (@oezgeschmoezge) and Dr. Tanja Maier (FU Berlin, freelance author)
Table B: "Gatekeeping Today I – who can help in the pursuit of money and fame?"
With Dr. Elisabeth Nehring (journalist, author, dramaturge), tba
Table C: "Gatekeeping Today II – who controls the currency of attention??"
With Susanne Burkhardt (DLF Kultur), Christian Rakow (

7:00 pm
Presentation and Closing Discussion

Between slates and director's falls – what can the media still achieve in terms of cultural journalism today? (How) can politics help? And can, may, should the public sector support cultural reporting?
With Petra Kohse (Berliner Zeitung), Holger Bergmann (Fonds Darstellende Künste e.V.) and Notker Schweikhardt (media policy spokesman for the Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen parliamentary group)

8:30 pm
Reception / Closing with wine, beer and snacks


Schedule Day 1

Registration by August 9, 2021:
symposium2021 [at]