C/O Pop & C´n´B 2010: record number of artists and speakers!

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c/o pop festival 2010 opens in two weeks // Significant increase in artists and events: 6 days, 70 events, 250 artists // Representatives of the city council review music network Sound of Cologne // C’n’B – Creative Business Convention launches with over 120 speakers and 45 sessions

Cologne, 10 June 2010. In two weeks, c/o pop goes live for the seventh time, two months earlier than usual yet still bigger than ever before, with a new Convention and a festival which has been extended to six days.
“Despite the economic situation, we have managed, with the support of our partners and sponsors, to put together a first class festival and a unique, top quality conference”, revealed Norbert Oberhaus, Managing Director of cologne on pop GmbH. Between 23 and 28 June, c/o pop is spanning a pop-cultural net over the city, taking in the Staatenhaus am Rheinpark, home to the C’n’B - Creative Business Convention, the Opernterrassen, where the festival headquarters will be located, and over 30 other venues. A “pop design” festival is also scheduled to take place parallel to c/o pop.

Music network Sound of Cologne in review

Norbert-Walter Borjans announced his satisfaction with the development of the Ehrenfeld district of Cologne as a new centre for the regional creative industry. Within a short space of time, 70 businesses with links to the creative industry had joined c/o pop in what used to be the headquarters of the famous Eau de Cologne manufacturers 4711. The three-storey, 3000 m2 creative centre »cc4711« now accommodates firms ranging from a music magazine to online service providers and events organisers. Ehrenfeld, a multi-cultural district with a high number of reclaimed industrial buildings, forms the perfect setting for the new impulses generated by this creative community.

Georg Quander, Head of Culture at Cologne city council, reported on Sound of Cologne’s export activities. “In the first eighteen months of the project, artists and labels from Cologne have appeared at major festivals such as Sónar in Barcelona, Global Groove in New Delhi and SXSW in Austin/Texas. Sound of Cologne has also developed a music concept to accompany the NRW week (20 – 26 September) at the Expo 2010 in Shanghai (1 May – 31 October).”

Biggest c/o pop festival ever // High proportion of German artists // New partnerships and formats

Tobias Thomas, Head of Programme at c/o pop, presented a festival which, despite the reduction in preparation time caused by its move from the middle of August to the end of June, will, for the first time, last six days and feature around 250 artists and 70 events in over 30 locations. Thomas revealed that the festival had once again been able to find unusual venues for extraordinary artists. The jazz musician Bugge Wesseltoft, the electronic artist Henrik Schwarz and the New Music star Francesco Tristano are all appearing in the Philharmonic Hall, a venue which proved hugely successful last year. In cooperation with »Telekom Street Gigs«, c/o pop has also managed to secure an appearance by the headliners Phoenix on the parking deck of Cologne’s exhibition centre.

As always, c/o pop is dedicated to supporting both young and upcoming artists and national pop culture. Over half of this year’s exciting and varied line up is made up of German artists, including legendary acts such as Booka Shade, Klee, Die Sterne and Von Spar.

Thomas also stressed the importance of the partnerships with festivals and export offices which c/o pop has developed as part of its Europareise festival network. Once again, over 70 festivals from 30 countries will be coming to Cologne to engage in learning and exchange, and ultimately to show off what they have to offer in terms of pop culture. These partnerships are being bundled in an event entitled “Internationalpark”, a showcase format launched this year which involve musical presentations by Scandinavia, France, Canada, the Netherlands and India. The C’n’B is running various Europareise-relevant panels and repeating the International Matchmaking format successfully introduced in 2009. Once again, c/o pop is grateful for the support it is receiving from Initiative Musik.

As well as collaboration with the Ludwig Museum, a concert in Cologne zoo and a night of top class artists presented by »spex live«, c/o pop is also offering, for the first time this year, a programme especially designed for children and young families. »c/o pänz« has secured the involvement of some famous name DJs to present pop culture in a playful way. Furthermore, Sound of Cologne and c/o pop are cooperating with the creative cluster Design Quartier Ehrenfeld on a new festival combining pop and design. “By linking pop culture and design in an innovative festival format we are showing what can come out of collaboration between two creative clusters”, said Thomas.

C’n’B – Creative Business Convention with over 120 speakers

Head of Programme Claudia Jericho announced that the interdisciplinarity of the festival would continue at the new C’n’B – Creative Business Convention. In a break with tradition, the Convention is dedicated to the creative industry as a whole, as globalisation and digitalisation have created the same challenges across the board. “The distinctions between the various sectors are beginning to disappear and there is an increasing need for exchange. In this context the C’n’B sees itself as a mediator, initiator and provider of solutions.”

Although it was only launched in March, the C’n’B has put together an incredibly wide and varied programme involving over 120 speakers and around 45 different sessions.

Jericho explained that this first C’n’B was designed to bring life to the rather abstract term “creative industry”. The process will begin in the very first session, which features Jörg Grabosch (Brainpool), Cristiana Falcone Sorrell (World Economic Forum), Dieter Gorny (ECCE, BVMI), Andreas Mengele (Heimat Agentur für Werbung) and Joe Woods (The World Center for New Thinking Foundation), among others.

Other renowned guests at the C’n’B include Robert Tercek, president of the Oprah Winfrey Network, Brian Storm of MediaStorm, Sido, Busy P., the two ‘80s pop legends Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys of OMD, Peter Jenner, former manager of Pink Floyd and the designer Eva Gronbach.

“From copyright and community building to storytelling and social media, adult entertainment and cultural entertainment to sustainability, games, design and architecture, the issues we will examine and the way in which we do so will be exciting and controversial, relevant and very up to date,” Jericho continued.

Despite the lack of preparation time, the Convention has generated a staggering amount of content, an impressive number of speakers and a huge number of partnerships. It has embarked on new long-term cooperation with 38 different partners, including Koelnmesse, the NRW media forum, ECCE, the European Center for Creative Economy (founded by RUHR.2010 GmbH as part of the cultural capital initiative) and the clusters CREATIVE.NRW and MEDIEN.NRW.

24 established partnerships with creative industry associations ranging from AGD (the German Designer’s Alliance and BVDW (the German Association of Digital Businesses) to VDID (German Association of Industrial Designers) and VUT (German Independent Music Industry Association) also secure the Convention’s integration in a high calibre national and international network spanning all the creative sectors.

Participants in the press conference:
Norbert-Walter Borjans, Head of Business and Property, Treasurer, Cologne city council
Georg Quander, Head of Culture, Cologne city council
Ralf Plaschke, founder of PopData GmbH and co-initiator of Sound of Cologne
Norbert Oberhaus, Managing Director of cologne on pop GmbH
Tobias Thomas, Head of Programme, c/o pop Festival
Claudia Jericho, Head of Programme, C’n’B – Creative Business Convention


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