START - TAKE A NUMBER
Close to the DJ-booth there are friendly people who provide number cards.
You‘ll know it‘s your turn when your number is projected on a screen (if you miss your turn you’ll have to pick a new number)
GO TO THE DJ BOOTH
Please show up at the DJ-booth one number BEFORE your own because the technician needs to give a listen and level out the volume.
PLUG-IN YOUR PHONE
It´s very important that your phone is fully charged! (If you have a weak battery you can charge your phone at the charging station. Please do this before it´s your turn!)
SWIPE YOUR PHONE
The technician doesn't know your pin (and don’t want to know it), so please switch it temporarily off and unlock your screensaver.
Choose your song and turn the volume up to maximum.
Usually tracks are played until the end but after 8 minutes the song will be faded out.
Please respect other people´s feelings when choosing your track. Feierwerk is a place for everybody, no matter what gender, nationality or sexual orientation. Everybody should enjoy the evening. If your track has racist, sexist or homophobic lyrics, it will be stopped immediately. Interpreters are on site that will indicate violations.
The PLUG IN BEATS party creates actively possibilities for new citizens to participate.
It contributes to the creation of accessible cultural spaces and include diversity in our cultural work.
A CHANGE OF PERSPECTIVE IS THE CONDITION FOR THIS PROJECT
The PLUG IN BEATS - Party concept creates actively participation and fosters inclusion.
... facilitates actively the participation of target groups (here: new citizens of Munich).
... functions as platform where individual knowledge, individual cultures and different experiences are useful, desired and appreciated (here: knowledge of music listened to in the countries of the new citizens).
... is conceived in a way so that EVERYBODY can access to it (here: free entrance, "cultural buddy" programme, clear guidelines to follow, translations, etc.).
... as no DJ defines the music, everyone can participate and contribute.
... during the evening, different groups start to interact.
... the common space and its defined values is being defended.
... new guests are being involved actively.
... traditional structures are being broken (example: women are being involved in classical male / men only dances).
... a strong sense of community and cooperation is present during the party (exemple: sharing choreographies and dance techniques).
The challenges Feierwerk came across
Many different language are present and the party concept and values need to be translated into those languages.
>>> Feierwerk worked with other socio-cultural organisations and volunteers to overcome this challenge.
How to stick to and defend the values if the lyrics of the music cannot be understand?
>>> During the first evening, volunteer interpreters were present, later,as the party guests became interpreters themselves and could alert if there was a problem.
Which procedure is fair to generate an order of the playlist ?
>>> Feierwerk solved this solution with by having the guest pick numbers upon their arrival.
How to avoid noises, crackles, different volumes to not quickly destroy the party atmosphere?
>>> Feierwerk solved this by having a sound technician pre-listening to the song and leveling those aspects before playing it. After a few parties, guests asked for training and took over this role.
How to manage to attract newcomers and locals to participate together at the party?
>>> As Feierwerk is a socio-cultural organisation, it already reaches out to a quite diverse audience with its social and cultural programme. Creating inclusive events with active participation of citizens is part of their long term project. Actively working with newcomers became an evidence for the organisation when the city of Munich installed a refugee camp in front of one of Feierwerk's music venues.
Feierwerk imagined Plug in Beats in reaction to a situation the organisation and the city of Munich were confronted to: the arrival in very large numbers of newcomers from different countries.
This project can serve as an inspiration and can be adapted to other individual contexts, for example: fostering participation and inclusion in a multicultural neighborhood. As a live music venue or other cultural organisation, such a project could be co-constructed with local socio-cultural partners.
Feierwerk is a non-profit socio-cultural organisation for children, adolescents, young adults and families that has been supporting young Munich art, music and culture for over 30 years.
Feierwerk manages four concert and party venues, they have an in-house radio station, an exhibition space, an information and networking centre for pop culture & music, an expert office that watches on racist movement developments, five socio-cultural spaces for children, adolescents and families.
Thomas Lechner is head of events at Feierwerk and responsible for the organisation's mission to support young and emerging musicians in Munich. He has initiated the party concept Plug in Beats that has become a regular event at Feierwerk. Thomas is also very active in social and political movements defending human rights, diversity and inclusion. In 2018, Thomas participated as expert at a Live DMA working group on the topic "audience diversity".
You can listen to the interview with Thomas Lechner, the project founder of PLUG IN BEATS in December 2017.
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