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Press / 26. April 2023

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20 years of Popakademie

26. April 2023

On 10 May 2023, the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg will celebrate its 20th anniversary. The anniversary will be celebrated at the Alte Feuerwache Mannheim with a reception and subsequent concert. The concert will also mark the public launch of the dialogue process in the field of popular culture in the state of Baden-Württemberg. Bands from the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg will play.

Petra Olschowski, Minister for Science, Research and the Arts of the state, as well as Dr. Peter Kurz, Lord Mayor of the City of Mannheim, and Udo Lindenberg will speak greetings. The anniversary is also the farewell to Prof. Udo Dahmen and Prof. Hubert Wandjo. The laudation for Hubert Wandjo will be held by Dr. Florian Drücke, Chairman of the Board, Managing Director & CEO, Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI). The laudation for Udo Dahmen will be held by Prof. Martin Maria Krüger, President of Deutscher Musikrat.

"On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, we look back on a unique success story: The "Popakademie is a place of musical innovation and creativity, of exchange and networking. It is the benchmark in academic education for popular music and the music industry. We offer students a unique platform to launch their careers. As a result, our alumni enjoy an excellent reputation, they are well-connected in the music scene and industry and celebrate great success. We are happy to celebrate the anniversary together with students, staff, alumni and all friends of the Popakademie," say Prof. Udo Dahmen and Michael Herberger, managing directors of the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg.

Bands from the Popakademie will perform in the evening, including Konstantin Gropper (Get Well Soon), Alex Mayr, Die Schlagzeugmafia, ok.danke.tschüss and others.
The concert in the evening will be the ceremonial prelude to the Dialogue on Popular Culture in Baden-Württemberg, which will be opened by State Secretary for the Arts Arne Braun.

Concert and at the same time kick-off Dialogue Pop Culture of the State of Baden-Württemberg
10 May 2023, from 8 pm, Alte Feuerwache Mannheim
Admission free, registration here