A festival for Berlin
15.05.2020 – 24.05.2020
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the cancellation of the festival “SPAM – Spandau macht Alte Musik,” which would have taken place 15-24 May 2020.
This was not an easy decision to make, as this project was very dear to each of us. Following a planning period of more than one and a half years, we were looking forward to the extensive, beautifully balanced musical program that spanned eight centuries and would have been presented by 100 wonderful artists.
Until the very end, we held out hope that we could find an alternative, yet none of the possibilities that we considered would have been able to reflect the festival as it was originally planned. We therefore felt that the best solution was to cancel all 20 events.
Tickets purchased online will be refunded automatically and promptly. For tickets purchased at the Kulturhaus Spandau, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We consider it important to be able to pay cancellation fees to the musicians, and so we would like to ask you to consider donating your ticket(s) to that cause. In the field of early music, nearly all musicians work as freelancers, and their very existence is threatened by the shutdowns due to the coronavirus. The donation of your ticket(s) would help these artists immensely.
We would like to thank all of the artists who prepared so thoroughly for this festival. We are considering whether we will be able to realize “SPAM – Spandau macht Alte Musik” at another time.
Best wishes, and above all, good health,
The entire SPAM team
With the festival »Spandau macht Alte Musik«, the Kulturhaus Spandau has created an exciting new platform in and for Berlin, offering a stage for the city’s own outstanding early music ensembles, while also establishing a presence within Europe through its cooperation with international artists.
The Citadel and the 14th-century St. Nikolai Church in Spandau provide the ideal setting for music of earlier eras.
Based on the fundamental principles of interpreting music both in the context of its own time and on instruments of the period, the research and artistic work of musicians specializing in early music has changed playing and listening habits in the classical music world. Accordingly, the festival strives to ensure an increased presence of early music within Berlin’s cultural scene.
Through generous funding from the Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa, it has now become possible to help support and promote both this non-commercial branch of music and the city’s own professional musicians, as well as to further develop access to this unique music for a wider audience.