WOMEX Academy


Global Venture For INternational Music Professionals


Piranha Musik

Piranha Arts

Frank Klaffs

CEO
Frank Klaffs

Michael von Petrykowski

CEO
Michael von Petrykowski

30 years of Piranha! Wow! Read below about our full journey. It all started with Piranha Events’ first concert (Rufus Thomas on 27 January 1987 in the »Metropol«, Berlin) as well as with Piranha Records’ first vinyl longplayer that same year – PIR 001 was called »Beat! Apartheid«. Founded in Berlin in 1987, Piranha has operated for three decades both locally and globally. With our team of more than 30 Piranhas, we are active as organisers, presenters, curators, developers and multipliers.

You can find out about our latest activities by subscribing to our newsletter and have a look at impressions of our first 30 years.

The Piranha Arts tree now has six dynamic branches. As a music publisher with its own label, we have been carrying new sounds and artists from all countries via Kreuzberg, Berlin to the entire world ever since. In Berlin, we initiated trailblazing festivals such as HeimatKlänge, Bands United, Fête de la Musique, C3 – Club Contemporary Classical and The Nights of Ramadan. With changing locations and partners, we organise the leading branch events WOMEX – the World Music Expo and Classical:NEXT. We entertain international partnerships and – with Piranha Arts Consultancy – work with professional conferences and network initiatives on four continents. Whether it is with our events or the global sounds of Piranha Records – we campaign for cultural diversity in Berlin and everywhere around the globe. Music means the world to us! This is why we engaged with Berlin’s street festival and parade Karneval der Kulturen right from the start: as musicians, in the jury, with record releases and with the after-parade party »Long Night of Soundsystems«… Since its 2016 edition, Piranha Arts has been the producer of the million-strong Karneval der Kulturen.

Piranha stays in flux and is always open for more. We stay active at the borders: between music and tech, by research & development, between music and audiovisual, with international film projects and programmes.

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 (Vice President) and Ben Mandelson.

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Piranha Events

Event Programming & Production

Anna Mechelhoff

Director
Anna Mechelhoff

Piranha Events specialise in the conception and production of cultural events with a focus on music and international cultural exchange. We have developed a strong expertise in the areas of programme consultation for small- to large-scale events as well as developing our own cutting-edge festivals such as HeimatKlänge, The Nights of Ramadan and Club Contemporary Classical C3.

Be it in Berlin or elsewhere, we know both the local and global players – not least through our activities across the Piranha Arts network – and can guarantee professional all-round services with a high standard of programme competence, flexibility and budget responsibility.

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Director
Anna Mechelhoff
Project Manager
Jana Schneider

 
 

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Piranha Records

Label & Publishing

Christoph Borkowsky

Director
Christoph Borkowsky

Piranha Records is an independent Berlin-based label and publishing house with more than 150 album releases and 1,200 copyrights to date, introducing new sounds and artists from the world to the world under the triad of globalisation, tradition & subcultural understanding.

Physically and digitally, the Piranha label is distributed internationally as part of the !K7 network while SMV Schacht Musikverlage and its set-up of companies and sub-publishing partners administers and protects the Piranha publishing rights worldwide.

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Director
Christoph Borkowsky
Label Manager
Christin Kunick
Label 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 Thessaloniki (2012), Cardiff (2013), Santiago de Compostela (2014 and 2016), Budapest (2015), Katowice (2017) and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (2018). The 2018 edition saw 2,700 professionals (including 300 performing artists) from 92 countries representing 1,450 companies and 750 exhibiting companies.

From 23–27 October 2019, WOMEX will hold its 25th edition in Tampere, Finland.

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Director
Alexander Walter
Head of Production
Sarah Ungan
Showcases
Dhari Vij

 
 

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Classical:NEXT

The Global Meeting For All Art Music Innovators

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 2018 edition in Rotterdam saw 1,300 art music professionals representing 750 companies from 48 countries from all over the world, growing within just a few years into the world`s most important classical and art music meeting.

In 2019 Classical:NEXT will continue its partnership with the leading Classical Dutch player De Doelen for another edition held in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, 15 - 18 May 2019.

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Director
Jennifer Dautermann
General Manager
Fabienne Krause

 
 

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Piranha Arts Consultancy

Christine Semba

Director
Christine Semba

We provide our international expertise for a diverse range of partnerships worldwide. Piranha Arts Consultancy is about the internationalisation of your local creative initiatives, cultural export, know-how transfer, mobility of artists, makers & shakers across borders, promoting cultural diversity and more.

We produce and consult on events of different shapes on four continents. The record ranges from entire showcase festivals, conferences, and cultural markets to other forms of networking platforms and capacity building workshops as well as education and IT projects. Partners include cities, national governments and the European Union as well as NGOS, government development agencies and private operators such as event producers, networks, festivals, universities, arts councils, foundations and the UNESCO.

WOMEX Academy is a new initiative of Piranha Arts Consultancy which aims to support artists and other music professionals who wish to strengthen their skills to access international circuits and markets. The world out there is full of opportunities but how to get a foot into the right doors? How to make substantial first steps in international circuits? Read more about WOMEX Academy.

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Christine Semba

 
 

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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 2018 took place from 18-21 May. The next edition will take place from 7-10 June 2019.

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 2018,
  • 4.000 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, 8 music corners, at „Rasen in Aktion“ and „Grüner Bereich“.

Karneval der Kulturen 2018 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 and GSG Berlin and the support of the senate department for Culture and Europe.

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30 years Piranha Arts

30 years Piranha Arts

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 visitors 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, have a look at just the last one of 30 crazy years in our multimedia album - 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!