cultural program

Concerts, parties, exhibitions, readings, workshops, screenings, and festivals – nowadays almost everything finds a place in the Gängeviertel, making it a unique cultural center in Hamburg. More or less professional clubs and pubs have grown out of former make-shift bars equipped with second-hand technics and lukewarm beer. Every weekend countless activists voluntarily host a cultural program with ten of thousands of guests per year. Fabrique, Druckerei, and Jupi Bar have become institutions of Hamburg’s nightlife and subculture. The reputation as an artists’ quarter roots in the many ateliers and three galleries, where art is produced and exhibited. This combination of nightlife and art-scene characterizes the Gängeviertel like no other neighborhood in Hamburg.

Art

Art is the key to the Gängeviertel and while it has been shown in many places here, today there are three main galleries in the area: The Speckstraße, Raum linksrechts and the mom art space. While the latter provides almost professional conditions for artists, the run-down rooms of the Speckstraße especially inspire collectives to unusual and innovative projects. Linksrechts mainly offers experimental space to young artists.
The annual program is being created by our curator-collective and occasionally supported by the city-council. Additionally, the outdoor areas of the neighborhood are used as an open-air street-art gallery – sometimes tagged and growing wildly and sometimes with planned huge murals or graffiti. Like this the appearance of the Gängeviertel changes every year.

Ateliers, workshops and small businesses

The Gängeviertel presents an alternative to the segregated city: It is a local community, where art joins politics, living, and working. Therefore, we have many open workshops for photography, bike-repair, screen-printing, and wood-work. Smaller businesses like the queer-feminist sex-shop, the bike shop xyz and the Café Nasch can also be found in the area. 
In countless ateliers, young artists produce with different materials: they draw, paint, sculpt, or make music. They use wood, ceramic, light, or steel. Affordable ateliers and workshops allow for free thinking, creative working, participation and development – for a new art and an open education.

Music and festivals

When the surrounding offices close their business and the streets of the Northern Neustadt become empty, the Gängeviertel actually comes to life. In big and small bars, clubs, and cafés DJs, bands, singer-songwriter and even choirs create the soundtrack to the Viertel – sometimes rough and raw, sometimes slow and melancholic. We try to promote acts, who would otherwise have a hard time finding an opportunity to play and who might have their breakthrough in a couple of years or never.
Our audience enjoys it and we’ve already won a couple of prices for the best club, the best festival, or the best party-concept. The characteristic mixture of self-made decoration, alternative booking and countless hours of voluntary work climaxes every year at the end of August, when the Gängeviertel-Geburtstag draws thousands of visitors to the neighborhood. Save the date!

Literature and readings

Techno and Punk – that’s when places and people in the Gängeviertel get loaded. Literature is a different story completely. You never know what happens. Sometimes you advertise like crazy for an awesome author or a great book and nobody shows up. Nobody!
Nevertheless, the Viertel is home to magical literature events and a place for meaningful contributions to political discussion from time to time. When Hamburg’s public libraries were threatened by budget cuts in 2010, we organized the first reading marathon: 48 hours of reading in 30-minute slots, sometimes performative and absolutely hilarious. A tribute to the joy of reading, whose unofficial highlight is the late-night reading of quotes from the internal Gängeviertel e-mail list. Maybe that’s not poetry, but it’s powerful.

Bars and Cafés

The corner-bar used to be the center of social life in the historical Gängeviertel – the small and narrow apartments simply didn’t offer enough room for guests or assemblies. Not much has changed since then and the Jupi Bar isn’t called the living-room of the project for nothing. A collective of our size needs spaces for exchange, discussions or just to unwind and chill. During the day in the Café Nasch or the Grünes Leuchten or at the bar in the evening.
Here, many conflicts were solved and plans made. The lubricants caffeine and alcohol can hardly be overestimated or what did that sign in the Jupi say? “Everyone needs to believe in something! I believe I’ll have another drink.”

cultural program