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Kesselhaus and Maschinenhaus (Kulturbrauerei) – 365 days of entertainment
This special venue captivates due to its profile, which has been growing out of the eventful history of the area and the delicate content-related deployment within the current concern. Since the 1990s the Kesselhaus’ operators have been pioneers of the so-called “Berlin-Boom” and given culturally relevant new impetus in this context – for instance the Popkomm, the Berlin Music Week, the Fete de la Musique and the establishment of the Music board. The team has completed the evolvement into a modern venue for music, dance, theater, literature and parties and offers a program that extends far beyond short-dated trends. Nowadays a contrast is created through ultramodern technology, passion and energy in this rough and industrial appearing building – a contrast that has been enchanting the visitors for 25 years now.
The Kesselhaus is a venue for festivals, concerts, readings, dance events, theater productions and party series. Furthermore, the room provides an extraordinary setting for several TV productions.
The former brewery’s diverse musical profile ranges from Pop and Rock concerts (e.g. Smashing Pumpkins, Marius Müller-Westernhagen, Tame Impala, Sophie Hunger, Tinariwen, Haudegen, Green Day, FKA twigs, Roosevelt) to Latin-American and Francophone sounds, and Jazz and Blues. Therefore, the Kesselhaus is an internationally highly prestigious venue. Recurring events display the venue’s tremendous variety – such as the open-air festivals on the premises of the Kulturbrauerei, the “Hippie-Haus-Tanz” of the world music band 17 Hippies, the festivals “Jazzdor”, “Mississippi Blues & BBQ”, “PopKultur”-Festival and “French Night”. Paul van Dyk frequently uses the location for his “Vandit Night” and the Kesselhaus’ own party series “Move iT!” and “Right Now” have long since become an icon.
For major events, the Maschinenhaus can be used jointly, as it is situated right next to the Kesselhaus – a passageway also allows access to the contiguous venue Palais.
The program focus of the contiguous smaller Maschinenhaus rests on concerts as well as theater productions. The technologically ultramodern room can hold up to 250 guests. Outstanding concerts of newcomer bands, intimate acoustic concerts of star musicians and some of the international music scene’s insider tips can be experienced here. Meanwhile, the beat box musical “Razzz”, the readings of the festival “Literatur: BERLIN” and the weekly shows of the improvisational theater group “Paternoster” have become an institution. The Maschinenhaus, with its connection to the checkroom and to the entrance area on the ground floor, provides an ideal welcoming service. Kesselhaus and Maschinenhaus are placed next to each other, so that a thematic connection at bigger events may be enabled.