Pressemitteilung vom 23.06.2020

20 Sunsets

20 Sunsets

July 16-August 23, 2020
Concerts, films, readings

Open air on the roof terrace
(Weather permitting)

Tickets: Concerts €10/8, Literature €5/3, Films €5/3. Please book tickets online:
No combination tickets. Box office is open only for the guest list and unsold tickets.

Summer will be different in Berlin this year. Community and gathering are being reorganized during the pandemic. The outdoors is taking on new importance. For six weekends from July 16 until August 23, HKW invites the city to its rooftop terrace at dusk for the 20 Sunsets festival: with concert sets, films, readings, and talks by and with Berlin’s international artists and cultural professionals. Come together – outdoors and with a little distancing!

The concerts span the spectrum from singer-songwriters to avant-garde and ambient sounds to South American and Arabic music – all made in Berlin. Berlin’s extremely diverse music scene has always been the background for the music program at HKW – now is the right time to bring it to the fore. The “Mississippi”-themed Wassermusik originally planned for 2020 is postponed until 2021.

On six weekends, with Arsenal 5 at HKW, Kino Arsenal will present film highlights from its archives. The films take the audience to landscapes sacrificed to tourism, they dig up images from the earth and from archives, they observe animals and their critical gaze. They cross the desert and finally explore the interior of HKW. The films include the world premiere of Michael Busch’s How Long is Now, Thomas Heise’s Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit and Vaginal Davis’s film performance series Contemporary Vinegar Syndrome.

On six Thursdays, HKW invites guest to gather around literary topics and writings. In readings, performances, listening sessions, and roundtables, Berlin authors transmit the intimacy of reading to the social space, thus highlighting the dialogue aspect of contemporary literature.

Concerts by Lisa Bassenge, Monica Besser, Stella Chiweshe, Tara Nome Doyle, Marla Hansen, Rolf Hansen, Bernadette La Hengst, Mira Mann, Mary Ocher, Nansea, Masha Qrella, Tonia Reeh, Christiane Rösinger, Kitty Solaris, Stella Sommer, Derya Yildirim and others

Films by James Benning, Michael Busch, Filipa César, Denis Coté, Thomas Heise, Armin Linke, Maha Maamoun, Hila Peleg, Philip Scheffner, Kidlat Tahimik, Akram Zaatari Kino in collaboration with “Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art as part of Archive außer sich”

Readings with Ricardo Domeneck, Hanne Lippard, Senthuran Varatharajah, Lucrecia Dalt, Olivia Wenzel, Banafshe Hourmazdi, Minh Duc Pham, Malu Peeters, Sharon Dodua Otoo, Enis Maci, Wolfram Lotz, Kabeljau & Dorsch, Flaneur Magazine and others

New at the HKW: Enjoyment of art and culture requires nourishment! On the Spree side of the HKW, the newly designed restaurant Weltwirtschaft invites you to enjoy food and drinks. The restaurant and its terrace are open daily from 10 am until at least 10 pm. Information on the menu and program:



WEATHER FORECASTS will be posted on the day of the event from 2 pm at

SPACE will be utilized in accordance with the applicable health regulations. Please note the limited seating options. Seating only, no standing room.

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Haus der Kulturen der Welt is supported by the Minister of State for Culture and the Media as well as by the Federal Foreign Office. Film program in collaboration with Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art as part of Archive außer sich.

Press contacts:

Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Press Office

Phone +49 30 39787 196
Festival: Anne Maier
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Literature: Jan Trautmann
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Concerts/Films: Guido Möbius

Marie Kloos
Press & PR, Archive außer sich

Phone +49 30 26955 143