CTM Festival

Festival for Adventurous Music and Art

Founded in 1999, CTM is a prominent international festival dedicated to contemporary electronic, digital and experimental music, as well as the diverse range of artistic activities in the context of sound and club cultures. The festival's aim is to present the most outstanding international productions in adventurous, experimental and electronic music and audiovisual performance, as well as to reflect on recent artistic, social and technical developments in music culture.

The yearly festival pairs 10 days of concerts, club nights and performances together with a vast daytime programme of talks, screenings, workshops, networking events, installations and exhibitions spread over some of Berlin's most exciting cultural and nightlife venues: HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berghain, Astra, YAAM, Heimathafen Neukölln, SchwuZ and Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien could among the many locations visited in recent editions.

Since its inception, CTM has taken place concurrently and cooperatively with transmediale/festival, Berlin. Together the two parallel festivals comprise one of the most comprehensive and relevant occasions in the world for yearly reflection on digital culture, attracting a broad and diverse public and offering artists, producers, agents and curators a lively platform for informed, thoughtful debate and networking opportunities.

Both festivals do much more than simply present new trends and developments. In their role as partners to the artists, as participants in on-going contemporary discourse, as active network facilitators, information resources, research bodies and disseminators of innovative work, they also make a vital contribution to the further development of critical, innovative music and media cultures.

CTM Festival is an independent project and organized by DISK Berlin. Next to the annual festival DISK and the affiliated DISK Agency produce and curate events and projects during the year, both in Berlin and abroad. DISK is a founding member of the ICAS network. 

Diversity at CTM 

At the core of CTM is a desire to bring together people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, cultures, and identities. The festival takes shape every year as different lifestyles, interests, and ideas converge. A balanced, wide-ranging, and inclusive lineup is a crucial, yet constantly evolving, part of our approach.

As awareness and conversations develop, we consistently work towards making our festival as inclusive and safe as possible. This extends to people of all genders, races, ages, abilities, classes, and all other groups that often go unmentioned. We urge everyone to be considerate of others; all attendees contribute to the culture and atmosphere of the festival, and we ask everyone to consider the ways in which they participate, and the energy that they bring.

At CTM, we have a ZERO tolerance policy towards discrimination, harassment, and abuse in any form. We are always working to come up with measures we can take to ensure that our artists and attendees feel safe and welcome. That doesn’t mean we always get it right, but we do our best to make sure we learn from any feedback, incidents, or mistakes to make sure they will not happen again.

This past year, we have taken part in workshops with I-Paed, Berlin’s Initiative intersektionale Paedagogik, and are also pleased to have worked with Diana Arce as part of her White Guilt Cleanup project to ensure that our festival is as inclusive as possible. These efforts are ongoing and we look forward to continuing to learn and improve.

The CTM team is grateful to participate in these crucial conversations. If you have any suggestions on how we could improve, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

For general feedback, or to report harassment or complaints, please email wesupportyou@remove-this.ctm-festival.de.

For accessibility inquiries, visit our Accessibility section or get in touch with accessibility@remove-this.ctm-festival.de.


 

»One of the world's leading experimental music festivals«

– Crack Magazine, INT

»Ahead of its time«

– Trax, FR

»CTM is more than a festival—it's a frothing petri dish of musical ideas, in equal measure entertaining and enlightening, for the artists as well as the audience.«

– Resident Advisor, INT

»CTM excels above other festivals: not because it sidelines traditional festival hedonism in favour of discourse but because it has found the empathetic balance between the two«

– The Quietus, UK

»Transformative, inclusive and celebratory«

– Crack Magazine, INT

»One of those festivals that provides a chance to encounter unique experiences«

– Les Inrockuptibles, FR

»The mount Olympus of adventure and experimentation«

– Kindamuziek, NL

 


Contact

Project Proposals / Demos / Ideas
Please note that due to the amount of proposals send to us we will only be able to respond to those that we are seriously interested in.
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Oliver Baurhenn
Artistic Director, Managing Director
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Jan Rohlf
Artistic Director, Managing Director, Concert Programme
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Remco Schuurbiers
Artistic Director, Managing Director
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Michail Stangl
Co-Curator
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Johanna Grabsch
Co-Curator
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Philip Gann
Festival Coordinator, Manager Administration and Finances
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Taica Replansky
Communications & EU Project Manager
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Lilli Maxine Ebert
Production Manager
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Zuri-Maria Daiß
Sponsorship Manager
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Facts

190
concerts, performances, installations

7-day
discourse and workshop programme

2
art exhibitions / installations

1-day
international festival network meeting

45 Partner Events
 CTM & transmediale citywide Vorspiel programme

1000
together with transmediale

CTM Magazine
Interviews, essays & visual art related to each edition