Music & clubs

Six things not to miss at Pop-Kultur 2023

Taking place once again at KulturBrauerei, Pop-Kultur is firmly establishing itself as one of Berlin's most important cultural events.

With a program that spans across three-days, the festival will delight visitors with a wide-spectrum of musical performances, DJ-sets, talks, films, and installations.

Showcasing a wide and diverse pool of talent from Berlin and elsewhere, Pop-Kultur is a place to discover new talents, enjoy the sounds of rising stars, and revel in the presence of pop-royalty. And with that, here are our top picks from this year’s festival.


Photo: TUCHA

Electro and EMB producer TUCHA (ТУЧА) is part of large and established crew of artists representing Ukraine at this year’s Pop-Kultur festival. As well as being outspoken about the war in her country, the award-winning producer and inter-disciplinary artist has been entertaining festival crowds across Europe with her flair and dynamism, projecting her energy and soul into her fully-charged, electric sets.

  • Alte Kantine, Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36, Prenzlauer Berg, Aug 30, 23:40-00:20.

Anika: Lost Voices

Photo: Sven Gutjahr

The Berlin, cold-wave cult star with the unmistakable voice, has been commissioned to produce a one-off performance for this year’s event alongside Mexican feminist film-maker, Tabatta Salinas. By manipulating pieces originally prepared for this private space, played across headphones, for one-night only the artists will ask attendees to explore the theme of lost-voices through this charged and engaging, political multi-media showcase.

  • Kesselhaus, Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36, Prenzlauer Berg, Aug 30, 20:00-21:00.

Empress of

Photo: Empress Of

What more can be said about Empress Of, that hasn’t been said already? We don’t really need to tell you that this is one of the must-see shows of the festival, if not this year. Sultry, lush and rhythmic pop, innovatively produced and exquisitely delivered, Empress Of is the unparalleled, alt-pop Queen of our generation. Miss at your peril.

  • Kesselhaus, Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36, Prenzlauer Berg, Aug 30, 22:50-23:40.

Crack Cloud

Part of a new wave of er, new wave indie post-punk rock kids from Canada, Crack Cloud bring the theatrical to everything they do. Always striving to surprise, entertain, and just generally be weird — in a good way — Crack Cloud are rarely seen in the German capital. Now’s your time to emerge yourself in their fantasy world of saxophones, and operatic post-noise.

  • Palais, Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36, Prenzlauer Berg, Aug 31, 23:40-00:40.

The Düsseldorf Düsterboys

Photo: Katharina Geling

This Essen duo draw influence from folk-pop and Brazilian tropicalismo for a sound that’s warm and heartfelt. Their lyrics and melodies switch back and forth between them in a way that radiates their love for the music infectiously.

  • Kesselhaus, Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36, Prenzlauer Berg, Sep 1, 20:20-21:20.

Artistic Talks

Alongside the performances and films, artists will take to the podium to tackle some of the most important issues affecting today’s music scene head-on. Highlights from this year’s program include multiple panels about artists with disabilities, inclusivity, the gender pay gap, global scenes, and much more.

  • Venues across Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36, Prenzlauer Berg, various times.
  • For the full program click here.