CTM Festival 2020

The 21st edition of CTM will take place from 24 January to 2 February 2020 at various Berlin venues, including longtime and new partners Berghain, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Radialsystem V, and Kunstquartier Bethanien.

Entitled "Liminal," CTM 2020 dives headfirst into uncertainty, hoping to critically engage with our present and possible futures. We drift without assurance nor certainty, and music has long been a site of negotiating boundary-disturbing experiences and acts of transgression. So can it be used as a space for experimentation? As we rustle, challenge, disturb, and disrupt boundaries, can we tread through liminality to concoct and build new ways of being with one another? 

As always, the CTM 2020 programme will combine first-hand experience and critical reflection. Club events and concerts will be complemented by daytime offerings of broad-ranging discourse and debate. In addition to a lecture series, artist talks, and the festival exhibition, formats such as the MusicMakers Hacklab, the Research Networking Day, and other workshops and networking sessions will assure ample opportunities for exchange and learning.

CTM Festival will take place parallel to and in collaboration with transmediale – festival for art and digital culture. In the weeks before the two festivals, the Vorspiel programme will unite Berlin-based initiatives and venues in creating a city-wide programme of exhibition openings, performances, artist talks and more.

The first CTM 2020 programme announcement will be out in October, along with Early-bird Festival Passes and the release of our 21st edition’s visual identity. Save the date!

CTM 2020 Theme


Liminal phenomena and liminoid states are transitional phases in which a familiar order sees its values and symbols destabilised; norms are suspended or turned on their heads. We find ourselves in ambiguous spaces, somewhere between a past that is no longer valid and an ever-becoming future. With the theme "Liminal," CTM 2020 throws itself into limbo in hopes of stimulating a critical discussion of our present and possible futures.

Call for Works

CTM 2020 Radio Lab

Since 2014, the CTM Radio Lab has been commissioning new works that explore the intersection of radio with live performance or installation, within the context of the festival’s yearly theme. The initiative is led by CTM Festival and Deutschlandfunk Kultur – Radio Art / Klangkunst in collaboration with Goethe-Institut, ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst, Ö1 Kunstradio, and The Wire magazine. The call is now open for applications that respond to the 2020 Liminal theme, those interested should send proposals by 28 August 2019.

Call for Works


In the age of digital and social media, we constantly receive multiple and often contradicting streams of information that shape our increasingly complex and contested realities. The CTM Radio Lab’s new KONTINUUM commission reflects this situation by offering a singular audio channel to be modulated by one artist (or team of artists) over the period of one year. Interested applicants should send proposals by 28 August 2019.

Call for Papers

Research Networking Day

The Research Networking Day (RND) is an exchange platform for students and researchers from different European graduate and postgraduate programmes traversing the fields of audio, arts, media, design, and related theoretical disciplines. Those interested should apply by 30 September 2019.

CTM Partner Festival

transmediale 2020

As in previous years, the CTM Festival will take place parallel to and in collaboration with transmediale/festival.