Thurston Moore
James Pants
Family Fodder
John Maus
Francoiz Breut
Gary War
Buke and Gass
R. Stevie Moore
High Places
Jaqcues Palminger
Optimo Twitch & Wilkes
Michael Mayer + (...)

One weekend.
One former movie theatre.
One progressive programme, comprising concerts, films and performances: contemporary pop, post-punk, electronica and experimental music.

WEEK END is an indoor winter festival in the centre of Cologne within the
framework of the four-week “Globalize:Cologne” theatre festival.

Made by fans, for fans.

A magnificent building in the heart of Cologne is about to be rediscovered: Wilhelm Riphahn’s legendary UFA Palast on Hohenzollernring. On the first weekend of December this disused cinema will be brought back to life with a vibrant programme of music and film. Music festivals only take place in the summer? We’re determined to prove it can be done in the bleakness of midwinter. WEEK END will stage concerts by around 15 musical acts, as well as film screenings, performances and selected fringe events. Three of the thirteen auditoriums will be available for concerts and screenings, with a
total capacity of over 1000 people. As well as performing, bands and individual artists will also be involved in curating the film programme, presenting films that have inspired or influenced their work.
Space for relaxation and conversation will be provided by the large yet cosy foyer, which will be fitted out with a café, bar, record shop and bookstall.

It promises to be an unforgettable WEEK END: a genre-rich programme in a location brimming with character and charm. The idea of involving artists as curators has long been successfully realized in festivals such as All Tomorrow’s Parties in England. The initiative to organise this festival, which is named after Jean-Luc Godard’s 1967 film, stems from a desire to create an alternative to larger festivals, whose programmes are often shaped by commercial interests, in an atmosphere more intimate than a festival field.

WEEK END is an independent alternative to the ephemeral reception of music and represents a lively scene of international and local protagonists.

The location
The UFA movie theatre, built by the architect Wilhelm Riphahn in 1931, is one of the most spectacular buildings in Cologne. With a capacity of 3000 seats, it was the biggest cinema in West Germany for many years. Three of the most impressive auditoriums will be available for concerts and screenings during WEEK END. In addition, the spacious foyer will provide ample possibility for tie-in events.

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