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Piranha Arts

Piranha Arts

Frank Klaffs

CEO
Frank Klaffs

Michael von Petrykowski

CEO
Michael von Petrykowski

Piranha Arts is a Berlin-based independent creative company up against all kinds of walls. From the very start, musical and cultural diversity have been the driving forces behind crossing borders - be they cultural, political or commercial. It all started officially with the staging of the Berlin premiere of Rufus Thomas and the release of the “Beat! Apartheid” compilation, our first vinyl long player in early 1987.

Today, we are a team of more than 30 Piranhas, inspired by our totem animal, exotic by nature, a swarming creature, fighting back if attacked, and easy to remember in all languages and regions. We operate both locally and globally, and we are active as cultural innovators, tech developers, curators, partners and multipliers.

In Berlin we are best known for the Karneval der Kulturen, the million strong annual street parade and festival. Since 1996 it has grown to become the biggest manifestation of cultural diversity in Germany. We travel Europe with the leading music showcase, conference and expo event WOMEX – the World Music Expo - and Classical:NEXT - the global gathering for all art music professionals. From the world, to the world, we carry new sounds and artists with our own independent record & publishing label Piranha, with a focus on African, Gypsy and Jewish music since the beginning.

The independent shareholder company is legally represented by CEOs Frank Klaffs and Michael von Petrykowski, and supervised by a board consisting of "first generation" Piranhas Christoph Borkowsky (President), Brigitte Bieg and Ben Mandelson.

For more info please contact
connect@piranha-arts.com

 
Piranha Records

Piranha Records

Label & Publishing

Christoph Borkowsky

Director
Christoph Borkowsky

Piranha is an independent record & publishing label, based in Berlin-Kreuzberg. We have been swimming among the sharks of the music industry since 1987 and now have more than 150 album releases and 1,200 copyrights to our name. Physically and digitally, the Piranha label is distributed internationally as part of the !K7 network while SMV Schacht Musikverlage and its set-up of sub-publishing partners administer and protect the Piranha publishing rights worldwide.

Piranha started as part of the world music movement in the 1980s, with a focus on African, Gypsy and Jewish music - everything the Nazis hated. Since then, we have stayed in tune with our original vision, introducing fresh sounds and artists from the world to the world, mastering the ever changing challenges of the music industry following digitilisation, while remaining a significant player in the global underground music scene.

For more info please contact
Director
Christoph Borkowsky
Label Manager & Communications
Dimitra Zina

 
 

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WOMEX

The World Music Expo

Alexander Walter

Director
Alexander Walter

"The most important international professional market of world music of every kind. This international fair brings together professionals from the worlds of folk, roots, ethnic and traditional music and also includes concerts, conferences and documentary films. It contributes to networking as an effective means of promoting music and culture of all kinds across frontiers."
UNESCO Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity

Since 1994, WOMEX has been travelling all across Europe, affirming the value of networking across borders, be they musical, political, cultural or commercial. Growing out of the 80s world music movement, it is now the most international music conference around. Recent stop-overs included Cardiff (2013), Santiago de Compostela (2014 and 2016), Budapest (2015), Katowice (2017), Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2018) and Tampere (2019). The 2019 edition saw 2,500 professionals (including 260 performing artists) from 83 countries representing 1,250 companies and 670 exhibiting companies.

From 21–25 October 2020, WOMEX will hold its 26th edition in Budapest, Hungary.

For more info please contact
Director
Alexander Walter
Head of Production
Michael von Petrykowski
Showcases
Dhari Vij

 
 

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Classical:NEXT

The Global Gathering for All Art Music Professionals

Jennifer Dautermann

Director
Jennifer Dautermann

"This is not just a conference that happens once a year. This is now a movement" Anthony Sargent CBE, CEO, Luminato Festival, Toronto Chair, International Society for the Performing Arts

Classical:NEXT is the annual, international professionals’ forum for all sectors and all approaches in the world of classical and art music. A unique platform for networking across all sectors, for exploring new artistic ideas and for developing pioneering solutions – for the love, and the future, of classical music.

The 2019 edition in Rotterdam saw 1,300 art music professionals representing 740 companies from 45 countries from all over the world, growing within just a few years into the world`s most important classical and art music meeting.

In 2020 Classical:NEXT will continue its partnership with the leading Classical Dutch player de Doelen for another edition held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 18–21 May 2020.

For more info please contact
Director
Jennifer Dautermann
General Manager
Fabienne Krause

 
 

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Karneval der Kulturen

Berlin Street Parade and Fest

Nadja Mau

Director
Nadja Mau

Piranha Arts is the operator of Berlin’s Karneval der Kulturen since 2016 – four days full of music, dance and enjoyment. Karneval der Kulturen brings out the diversity of Berlin every year and stands for an open and intercultural society. Culture can be many things in this festival: from culinary adventures to colourful costumes and masks from all over the world to dance, music and street theatre. Karneval der Kulturen attracts over a million visitors and has become a key event in the cultural calendar of Berlin.

Karneval der Kulturen 2019 took place from 7-10 June. The next edition will take place from 29 May-1 June 2020.

Karneval der Kulturen in numbers:

  • 4 day programme, which shows the joyful face of the diverse city of Berlin,
  • Over 1.1 million visitors in 2019,
  • 4.400 volunteers as part of the parade, who do integrative and creative work in Berlin throughout the year;
  • 1.000 artists as part of the streetfest who create…
  • a four day programme in more than 100 formations on three stages, 9 music corners, at „Rasen in Aktion“ and „Shanti Town“.

Karneval der Kulturen 2019 was realised through the commitment of the Karneval groups, an experienced team of staff, the operator Piranha Arts AG, the Berlin partners Berliner Sparkasse, Berliner Wasserbetriebe, GSG Berlin, Johanniter-Unfallhilfe e.V. and the support of the senate department for Culture and Europe.

For more info please contact
Nadja Mau

 
 

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