2nd Programme Announcement

Squarepusher, Dan Deacon, Nene H & Ensemble Basiani Lead 2nd Announcement

The festival welcomes live shows by Squarepusher and Dan Deacon supporting brand-new albums, a special commission by Nene H and Georgia’s Ensemble Basiani choir; a CTM x Nyege Nyege co-commission with Gabber Modus Operandi ft Wahono x Nakibembe Xylophone Troupe; a number of performances exploring liminality across spiritual, cultural, and conceptual axes, including Raja Kirik, Y-DRA, Jessica Ekomane, Andrea Belfi, and Lyra Pramuk; all-night longform projects at Säule with Frédéric Gies & Fiedel and 3Ddancer; and a wide-ranging club programme showcasing dancefloor oriented sounds from all over the globe with Sherelle, Tomasa del Real, Afrodeutsche, Rizan Said, Cera Khin b2b Lokier, DJ Firmeza, and plenty more.

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 We find ourselves in ambiguous spaces, somewhere between a past that is no longer valid and an ever-becoming future.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

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.

Open Collaborative Laboratory

MusicMakers Hacklab

MusicMakers Hacklab is a weeklong open, collaborative laboratory hosted by Peter Kirn, and philippie artist Tad Ermitaño. It allows practitioners from a range of disciplines to find new ways of exploring cross-cultural hybrids that imagine future topographies of sound and music performance. 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. Open to walk-ins from the public, the Hacklab also features four Input talks by artists/technologists. Hacklab fellows will present the culmination of their week of experimentation at the Hacklab Finale on Sunday February 2nd.


Research Networking Day

The Research Networking Day provides a platform to exchange ideas and experiences for students and researchers from different European graduate and postgraduate programmes traversing the fields of audio, arts, media, design and related theoretical disciplines. The 2020 participants and programme is now announced! Thematic modules will focus on the potentials for transcendent experiences in clubs and club cultures, on the relationship of sound and conflict, and on voice as a transmitter of identity and ideas.

Somatic Workshop and Longform Club Night

Technosomatics / Dance is Ancient

Frédéric Gies presents a “Technosomatics” movement workshop at HAU2 where participants individually and collectively explore their endocrine systems and chakras through dancing, and vice versa. The following day, Berghain resident Fiedel delivers seven hours of hypnotic techno, while attendees are invited to join Gies, who dances throughout the evening. Together, they create a catalyst for the audience’s participation in dance and trance. 

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.

Persistence & evolution of a threatened dance culture

Drops and Seeds

Referencing the brutal Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s, “Drops and Seeds” marks the persistence and evolution of Khmer classical dance, which today rests on the shoulders of merely a handful of artists. The project is created by choreographer Prumsodun Ok, founder of Cambodia’s first openly gay dance company, NATYARASA; and Berlin-based composer Ana Maria Rodríguez, with light design by Fred Pommerehn and music performed by Ensemble KNM.

Participatory robotic performance


In a dark take on technology and control, Louis-Philippe Demers & Bill Vorn present “Inferno,” exploring many persistent anxieties around the relationships between humans and technologies, and the shifting boundaries between. “Inferno” envisions infinite punishment as endless automation and subordination to the machine, as participants are drawn to the spectacles and thrills of submission.

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.

Focus on Southeast Asia

Nusasonic at CTM

Adopting a multi-perspective approach, Nusasonic is a collaboration between CTM Festival and Yes No Klub (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), WSK Festival for the Recently Possible (Manila, The Philippines), and Playfreely/BlackKaji (Singapore) that explores how contemporary sound practices enable connections and dialogues within the Southeast Asian region, and with Europe. A number of Nusasonic-supported artists will appear at CTM 2020. 

Citywide Partner Programme

Vorspiel 2020

Vorspiel is a citywide programme of events created by Berlin project spaces, collectives, communities etc before and during the transmediale and CTM festivals. Vorspiel 2020 will launch with an opening event on 17 January 2020 at ACUD Macht Neu.