Half time: Intangible Cultural Heritage

+++ Raising Awareness and Recognition of the Need for Protection +++ Politics Supports the Idea of Recognising Culture +++

The plan­ning and approval process for tech­no clubs is com­plex, expen­sive and lim­it­ed. Clubs are not allowed to be opened every­where. Legal­ly, they still count as places of enter­tain­ment and if you want to open such a clas­si­fied dance loca­tion you are treat­ed like a broth­el or a gam­bling house. With seri­ous con­se­quences: In addi­tion to the dis­tance to oth­er places of amuse­ment, sig­nif­i­cant­ly high­er require­ments for safe­ty and order, an amuse­ment are­na must pay ten times more con­tri­bu­tions to pro­fes­sion­al asso­ci­a­tions. The Fed­er­al Build­ing Util­i­sa­tion Ordi­nance also does not per­mit clubs in every indus­tri­al and mixed-use area. So the hur­dles are high.


Application in the Federal Council

That’s why Rave The Plan­et has already pre­pared a pro­pos­al for UNESCO in 2019 to have elec­tron­ic music cul­ture rec­og­nized as an Intan­gi­ble Cul­tur­al Her­itage. Clubs are not places of amuse­ment in the legal sense, clubs make cul­ture. Places where elec­tron­ic music is played must not be infe­ri­or to oth­er inter­ests of neigh­bours, mon­u­ment pro­tec­tion author­i­ties, etc.

On 13.01.2020 the time had come: When our project was announced, the response was extreme­ly high. With appli­ca­tion 19/98832 the polit­i­cal par­ty FDP then applied for sup­port for our project in the Ger­man Fed­er­al Par­lia­ment. The Cot­tbus Uni­ver­si­ty of Applied Sci­ences sup­ports our appli­ca­tion with a team of sci­en­tists. One of our employ­ees at Rave The Plan­et has been writ­ing about the sci­en­tif­ic basis of the pro­tect­ed prop­er­ty for over half a year.


Support from Science and Scene

Oth­er authors like Hans Cous­to sup­port us and clubs like the Water­gate in Berlin are avail­able for fur­ther research and prac­ti­cal rel­e­vance. So we are cur­rent­ly work­ing on the con­tent of the application.

On 20.06.2020, fur­ther polit­i­cal par­ties, SPD, Die Grü­nen and Die Linke, final­ly sup­port­ed our idea and applied to the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Berlin to rec­og­nize clubs as cul­tur­al sites and to adapt the build­ing reg­u­la­tions accord­ing­ly. So the legal goals are mak­ing progress.

An impor­tant step: aware­ness and recog­ni­tion of the need for pro­tec­tion has been achieved. Half time, so to speak. So it’s half­time, we’d say.

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