Berlin clubs launch streaming platform to continue dancing at home

One of the cities in Europe known worldwide for its nightclubs and nightlife, completely stopped because of the coronavirus, launched on Thursday on the internet the largest virtual club on the planet.

Unthinkable to imagine Berlin without its techno music. In the German capital, some clubs can play from Friday evening to Monday morning without ever stopping. Thousands of DJs, artists and 9,000 employees live from these parties. Despite everything, in the middle of a Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, the Germans were called by their government to “stay at home” until April 20, initially.

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“There we are all unemployed”says Lutz Leichsenring, spokesperson for the Berlin Clubs Commission.

This interruption hit the entire cultural and artistic sector of the city very hard. It was unbearable. They had to turn on the lights and the sound.Lutz leichsenringat franceinfo

From where this idea assembled in less than five days to call the Net surfers to solidarity. Participation is free. You do not have to queue at the entrance and from 7 p.m. to midnight, a different club each evening opens its doors to you. To dance, you must connect for free on the site or via the platform Arte Concert, partner of this solidarity operation in favor of the nightlife of the city of Berlin. “It's not just the music that matters, but the people, the community, the connection, the love”, said this voice at the opening, which offers you a parenthesis in confinement.

These crazy nights have shaped the identity of Berlin for the past thirty years. They represent three million tourists and one and a half billion euros of income per year generated by these clubs, which have already tended to close in recent years.


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