1st Programme Announcement

Deathprod, Hildur Guðnadóttir to play new underground venue, plus live shows by Kamaal Williams and Bbymutha announced for CTM 2020

The festival will feature a new extended listening format at Berlin’s new Betonhalle venue, a massive concrete space located underneath Silent Green, with a live rendition of Chernobyl by Hildur Gudnadottir with Sam Slater and Chris Watson, Deathprod supporting his first album in 15 years, and a long-duration 4 part meditation on death by Jacob Kirkegaard. Kamaal Williams and Bbymutha lead the festival’s concert and club programme, which also welcomes a new live by Dis Fig, the inimitable Aya fka LOFT, Discwoman affiliate Akua, winding techno rhythms of VTSS and Zamilska, julienned drum breaks of Aquarian & more. Open calls for the MusicMakers Hacklab and Vorspiel 2020 are currently out, and a limited number of early-bird passes are now on sale.

CTM 2020 Passes & Tickets

Festival Passes and tickets to certain individual events are available via our ticket shop. Limited quantity.

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 We find ourselves in ambiguous spaces, somewhere between a past that is no longer valid and an ever-becoming future.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 Participants

MusicMakers Hacklab: Shapeshifters

This year’s hacklab focuses on how performance practice and invention can change the performer—making them someone or something else, making them newly visible, or making them entirely invisible. We challenge our participants to engage in collaborations that remake one another’s onstage roles. We’ll have a week together to explore and invent, culminating in a live performance at Radialsystem on Sunday 2 February. Applications are now being accepted, with a deadline of 1 November.

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. The application period is now over. The RND 2020 programme will be announced later in October.

Connecting Radio Art & Performance

CTM 2020 Radio Lab

The CTM Radio Lab is dedicated to exploring the pairing of the specific artistic possibilities of radio with the potentials of live performance or installation. This year the Lab will support new works by Dani Gal & Ghazi Barakat as well as the duo NUM (Maryam Sirvan & Milad Bagheri). The Radio Lab is commissioned by Deutschlandradio Kultur – Hörspiel/Klangkunst and CTM Festival, in collaboration Ö1 Kunstradio, ORF musikprotokoll im steirischen herbst, and Goethe-Institut. Media partner: The Wire.

Radio Art

CTM 2020 Radio Lab KONTINUUM

Thomas Wagensommerer is the winner of the first ever KONTINUUM commission within the CTM Radio Lab. The Kontinuum open call offers a singular audio channel to be modulated by one artist (or team of artists) over a period of one year, and is an initiative by Deutschlandfunk Kultur, CTM Festival, and ORF Austrian Broadcasting Service.

CTM Partner Festival

transmediale 2020

As in previous years, the CTM Festival will take place parallel to and in collaboration with transmediale festival. In 2020, transmediale will extend into the heart of the city: closely linked to the central one-month group exhibition The Eternal Network at Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the two-day symposium of the 33rd festival edition will take place at Volksbühne Berlin for the very first time. CTM and transmediale will again produce a number of collaborative programmes, including the the city-wide partner programme Vorspiel.


Vorspiel is a citywide programme of events before and during the transmediale and CTM festivals. An open call for Berlin project spaces, initiatives, collectives, venues is currently out. Vorspiel 2020 will launch its 10th edition with an opening event at ACUD Macht Neu on 17 January.