Pressemitteilung vom 21. April 2021

ACHT BRÜCKEN | Music for Cologne Takes Place from May 1 to 15 as a Music Festival via Video Stream

»For the second time, we are forced to cancel ACHT BRÜCKEN | Music for Cologne as a festival with a live audience present. However, we are turning necessity into a virtue and have manage to convert almost the entire programme of this year’s festival into online events.«

Louwrens Langevoort
(Festival Director and Artistic Director of the Cologne Philharmonie)

For its eleventh edition, the festival ACHT BRÜCKEN | Music for Cologne has chosen the motto »Cosmos | Comic«, examining the interfaces of contemporary music and sequential art, comics, graphic novels, illustration and animated film. Due to the pandemic, the festival is unable to welcome a live audience to its events; however, the programme will move online almost in its entirety, screening concert streams and music film productions.

From May 1 to 15, concert livestreams and video premieres will feature a total of 17 world premieres, including works by Richard Ayres, Gordon Kampe, Jennifer Walshe, Unsuk Chin and Frank Zappa, a reading of comics, live drawing with music as well as silent, animated and other films focusing on new music. All events are free of charge.

After their first screening, all films and concert streams will be available for 30 days via the ACHT BRÜCKEN media library (

Künstlerstatements und Programmvorstellung

Paul Barritt

Mark L. Vogler

Gordon Kampe

Anthony Cheung

Programmvorstellung vom 27. Januar

Partner von ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln

Henriette Reker

Oberbürgermeisterin der Stadt Köln

Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen

Ministerin für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen

Dr. Andrea Firmenich

Generalsekretärin der Kunststiftung NRW

Dr. Wilhelm Kemper

Vorsitzender des Kuratoriums KölnMusik e. V.

Leonie Müller

Projektleitung JaBe-Stiftung

Dr. Christian Esch

Direktor des NRW Kultursekretariats

Hanspeter Kottmair

KOTTMAIR Architekten

Claus Zemke

Lanxess / Leitung Corporate Communications

Matthias Kremin

Leiter WDR 3


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