If anyone asks you what you did that one time in Berlin, you can now say you were experiencing high culture – even if said culture was happening in the dark rooms of Berghain. And you wouldn’t be lying, Germany has officially declared that clubs and live music venues will be recognized as cultural institutions.
According to the Live Musik Kommission, an almost unanimous vote on Wednesday, 5th May, declared in favor of the recommendation to change the status of nightclubs and live venues from entertainment sites to cultural sites.
The news follows a year-long campaign by activists, club owners, and supporters. At the federal level, a coalition of cross-political parties, including the Greens, The Left, the Free Democratic Party, the Social Democratic Party of Germany, and the CDU/CSU, got together to form the Parliamentary Forum Club Culture and Nightlife at the German Bundestag (parliament).
The Forum appeared in parliament in Berlin last year to argue that clubs were “the pulse of the city,” annually attracting around 3 million tourists and contributing €1.5 billion (approximately $1.8 billion) to the local economy.