19th Edition

CTM Festival 2018

We’re very excited to announce the dates and theme for this next edition. CTM 2018 will take place from 26 January to 4 February 2018 at various Berlin venues, some of them new and others veteran festival partners like Berghain, HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Kunstquartier Bethanien. The 2018 topic is Turmoil.

The CTM 2018 Radio Lab Call, returning for the fifth year in a row, is now open. It is an open invitation to submit ideas for the creative interface between radio art and live performance or installation art.

The first artists and other participants appearing at CTM 2018 will be announced in early October, at which time we will also reveal the 19th edition’s visual identity and release a limited number of Early Bird Festival Passes.

CTM 2018 Theme


Since its early days, CTM Festival has featured music and art that acts as a mirror for social and political conditions. Our 2018 theme, Turmoil, builds on the insights of 2017’s Fear Anger Love, and continues its inquiry into the potential of sound and music to invigorate resilience and awareness at a time when we have begun normalising the ongoing barrage of political, social and environmental crises and the resulting unsettling feelings that resonate through our on- and offline lives. CTM 2018 explores the state of music and sound practice in the face of a confusing and critical present: What is the sound of turmoil? What are aesthetics of tumult? What to do with such intensities? Which other sonic and musical responses could we conceive of to counter the current overload of agitation, anxiety and animosity?

Call for Works

CTM 2018 Radio Lab

For the fifth year in a row, Deutschlandfunk Kultur – Radio Art / Klangkunst and CTM Festival – in collaboration with the ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst, Ö1 Kunstradio, and with the support of the British music magazine The Wire – are delighted to commission an artistic project. The call is for unusual audio projects that couple the radio medium with the potential of live performance or installation while also relating to the CTM 2018 Festival theme. Apply now. Deadline 17 September 2017.

CTM Partner Festival

transmediale 2018 – face value

As in previous years, the CTM Festival will take place parallel to and in collaboration with the transmediale – festival for art and digital culture, which in 2018 will adopt the theme "Face Value". Read more about the 31st edition of transmediale here.

Citywide Partner Programme

Vorspiel 2018

Vorspiel is a citywide programme of events before and during the transmediale and CTM festivals. In 2018 it will see its 8th edition.