Jun 14, 2022

The Wassermusik summer festival is back on the roof terrace at HKW to explore the Mississippi in concerts, films and readings

Wassermusik: Mississippi
Festival: Concerts, films, literature
Weekends, July 16 – August 6, 2022
Open-air on the roof terrace, films in the Westgarten
If poor weather is forecasted, in the auditorium
Tickets: 20 € / 14 € (concerts and film), 6 € / 4 € (reading and film), 6 € / 4 € (film only) hkw.de/tickets
Accreditation via

The Mississippi is the cradle of American music. In July and August, the Wassermusik festival is devoted to the river’s history and present. With jazz, funk, blues, cajun, zydeco, R&B, folk and more, Berlin audiences can experience the full range of Mississippi music on the roof terrace of HKW over four weekends.

The Mississippi River traverses the United States from north to south, a prime example of an Anthropocene landscape: People settled along the river even a thousand years ago. It served as a traffic artery for the plantation economy and slavery. Jazz and funk were born in New Orleans, the blues in its delta and rock ‘n’ roll in Memphis. Wassermusik 2022 considers the importance of the river for the history of music. It investigates whether these places on its banks still occupy exceptional creative status and what is being produced there today.

The opening of Wassermusik on July 16 is part of the Kultursommerfestival, free tickets for this evening will be available online from July 1.

More information: hkw.de/en/wassermusik
Press photos: hkw.de/pressphotos


Saturday, July 16

7 pm Sunny War (concert)
8.30 pm Kumasi (concert)
10 pm The Blues: Feel Like Going Home (film)

Thursday, July 21

7 pm Tuba Skinny (concert)
8.30 pm Rockin’ Dopsie Jr. & The Zydeco Twisters (concert)
10 pm You See Me Laughin’ – The Last of the Hill Country Bluesmen (film)

Friday, July 22

7 pm Joe Hall & The Cane Cutters (concert)
8.30 pm BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet (concert)
10 pm The Big Easy (film)

Saturday, July 23

7 pm Quiana Lynell (concert)
8.30 pm Delfeayo Marsalis & The Uptown Jazz Orchestra (concert)
10 pm Mississippi Burning (film)

Thursday, July 28

8 pm Hillary Jordan: Mudbound (reading)
10 pm Mudbound (film)

Friday, July 29

7 pm Quintron & Miss Pussycat (concert)
8.30 pm Swamp Dogg (concert)
10 pm Beasts of the Southern Wild (film)

Saturday, July 30

7 pm Sweet Crude (concert)
8.30 pm Jon Cleary Trio & The Absolute Monster Gentlemen (concert)
10 pm BlacKkKlansman (film)

Friday, August 5

7 pm Seratones (concert)
8.30 pm Donald Harrison (concert)
10 pm Up From The Streets – New Orleans: The City of Music (film)

Saturday, August 6

7 pm Alvin Youngblood Hart’s Muscle (concert)
8.30 pm Leyla McCalla (concert)
10 pm Up What You Gonna Do When the World’s on Fire? (film)

Visitor Information

Current hours: Daily except Tue, 12 noon–8 pm

Updated information for visitors at hkw.de/visit

Weltwirtschaft Restaurant opens daily at noon. weltwirtschaft.berlin


Program partner of Kultursommerfestival Berlin 2022

Haus der Kulturen der Welt is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and by the Federal Foreign Office.

Press Contact

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