30 years Piranha Arts
Music means the world to us
It was January 27, 1987, when Memphis Soul legend Rufus Thomas, the original "Funky Chicken", entered the stage for his concert at Berlin's Metropol at Nollendorfplatz - the first production under the Piranha company name, the first of many more to come. Had it been even the slightest bit more successful, Piranha might be a soul label only today.
Some months after the funky ignition the company was formally founded and the first Piranha record, PIR 1 "Beat! Apartheid" was released, the first pressing - oops! - still without blank grooves between the tracks.
"HeimatKlänge" world music festival - drawing up to 100.000 visotors a year during its heyday - was founded in 1988. 1990 saw the first edition of the World Wide Music Days that evolved into the travelling expo WOMEX in 1994 - the single common fixed date in the schedule of all people involved in global music worldwide today.
We programmed Jüdische Kulturtage Berlin's "Ballroom" for years - Allen Ginsberg backed by The Klezmatics in 1993! With Clubs United from 1994 we organized the mother of all "Lange Nächte" ( Long Nights ). We had a physical shop, took part in Karneval der Kulturen from 2000 on, in Fete de la Musique from 2001. We made Pope Benedict and his altar girls and boys sing and dance at Weltjugendtag 2005 in Köln, co-founded Porto Musical in Recife, took up business with China, had a research joint venture with Fraunhofer Institut.
In 2009 we widened our horizens to the world of classical music with C3 festival, founded Classical:NEXT in 2011 (5 editions to date with more than 1,200 having attended the last one in Rotterdam), established Piranha Consult in 2012 - and in 2016 as last edition to our activities to date took on the entire production of Karneval der Kulturen, Berlin’s million strong street carnival and fest.
And here we are - back in Santiago de Compostela to enter into our 30th year with you all. Have a nice WOMEX 2016, then celebrate 30 years of Piranha Arts in 2017 - and move on into the next 30 years. Here's to you - our fellow travellers on the global music trail. It's always a pleasure!