EIGHT BRIDGES | Music for Cologne 2021

New Music and Society

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Project description

The 11th edition of the festival “EIGHT BRIDGES | Music for Cologne” (ACHT BRÜCKEN | Musik für Köln) in 2021 will present a ten-day programme based on the motto “New Music and Society”. The Federal Cultural Foundation is supporting two interdisciplinary projects at the festival which address the relationship of culture and politics, and that of culture and economy.

In the project “Happiness – Seriousness”, the ensemble Klangforum Wien will juxtapose works by filmmakers and composers with the ideas of social theorists and economic philosophers like Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Adam Smith, and so doing, shed light on the relationship between music and economics. The project will combine text, film and music in a concluding performance staged at the Kölner Philharmonie (Cologne Philharmonic Orchestra). The concert will be accompanied by participative dance and composition projects developed by schools in Cologne which will be invited to participate in several-month long workshops to gain a better understanding and appreciation for New Music.

The project “DRZAVA – Federal People’s Republic of the ARTS” examines the artistic heritage of Yugoslavia and its successor states. The project will feature the debut performance of the Berlin ensemble PHØNIX16 and investigate the role of the avant-garde in society together with international noise artists, filmmakers and illustrators, including the Bosnian filmmaker Adnan Softić and the Slovenian video collective KOMPOSTER. The project will culminate in a multidisciplinary film concert in the main studio at WDR. A second performance is planned at the Zagreb Music Biennial in 2023.

Radio broadcasts and streamed events will be made publicly available for those who cannot attend the events in person.


Festival - May 2021, various locations in Cologne


  • 9 May, 2021 : DRZAVA

    Concert Environment for 12 Voices, Electronics and Percussion

    WDR Funkhaus Wallrafplatz, achtbruecken.de/mediathek, Online

  • 6 May, 2021 : Happiness Seriousness – A Counterpoint

    Animated Films with New Music and Positions on a Healthy Economy

    Kölner Philharmonie, achtbruecken.de/mediathek, Online


Achtbrücken GmbH

Bischofsgartenstraße 1
50667 Cologne
www.achtbruecken.de (external link, opens in a new window)