What is NØK?

In 2019, the cultural innovation office at NEXT Mannheim established the NØK – International Night Conference.
At NØK, you will get in touch with night-time culture and economy experts as well as city administration representatives from near and far to meet, discuss and connect!

Our conference keynotes & panels will focus on the most recent and relevant developments in modern nightlife and urbanism. Because of the persisting pandemic, this year’s edition of NØK will be virtual. Nevertheless, we want to discuss how to make the night safer and more sustainable for everyone.

Registration

Program

Panel 1:

More open spaces for (sub)culture

Panel discussion [GER] | 10:00 a.m (German time)

The Corona pandemic has hit nightlife hard. Closed music venues and the cancellation of concerts and festivals have led to young people spending more time in public spaces. This has caused tensions and, in some cases, riots throughout Germany. Again and again, there have been calls for open spaces to gather for young people. We would now like to discuss how such open spaces can be created, expanded and which successful projects have already been implemented.

Panel 2:

Creative Placemaking after Dark

Panel discussion [ENG] | 01:30 p.m (German time)

We are focusing on night as a place distinct from the day. By and large, urban planning and policy have neglected opportunities to create joyous and safe public spaces after dark. Today our panel will explore issues of safety in terms of welcome. We posit the question: what if lighting nighttime resulted in outcomes such as expanded opportunities for generational walkability, welcome and safety for women, and improved economic vitality?
Integrating lighting into street design is a practical way of stating a solution. However, we must reach out to residents, workers, and visitors, with an extra effort to marginalized groups, to learn what truly feels safe during the darkened hours for authentically better design. This input will result in better design.
You will learn about lighting controversies and trends, such as more light vs. less light regarding perception and energy-saving, light trespass and sky glow (light pollution), and nature conservation through darkness.
Together with geoscientists, safety, night-time culture, and light experts we will discuss how creative illumination designs, community involvement, and digital controls can provide safer gathering spaces, streets, and pathways at night.  

Panel 3:

Clubs as cultural places:
What are the possibilities?

Panel discussion [GER] | 10 a.m (German time)

Together with club representatives, culture and building experts we will discuss the following questions: What is the current status of the political/governmental approval of clubs as cultural venues? Which are the current developments in terms of noise protection? What effect does the political/governmental approval as cultural venues have for club owners? What effect does the approval as cultural venues have for the development of districts? What solutions are needed in enabling noise protection?

Panel 4:

Nightlife & Sustainability

Panel discussion [ENG] | 01:30 p.m (German time)

The climate change accelerated by us humans and the increasing gap between rich and poor will most likely lead to increasing social tension in the future. Nightlife culture is not necessarily known for its minimal ecological footprint, but rather its ability to bring people from different social spheres together. Transforming nightclubs, live venues or festivals to be more sustainable is usually associated with high costs. People with low income are often excluded from nightlife due to increasing prices. Together with club owners as well as music, social and ecological associations we want to discuss how to make nightlife greener, more sustainable and more accessible for everyone.

Speaker

Panel 1:

More open spaces for (sub)culture
Stephanie Haury
Simon Schnetzer
Julia von Wild
Christopher Weselek

Panel 2:

Creative Placemaking after Dark
Elisabeth Enhus
Andreas Jechow
Amy Lamé
Leni Schwendinger
Don Slater

Panel 3:

Clubs as cultural places: What are the possibilities?
Thore Debor
Ralf Eisenhauer
Theresa Kern

Panel 4:

Nightlife & Sustainability
Giacomo Botta
Sacha Lord
Konstanze Meyer

Hosts

Anna Blaich
Robert Gaa
Dr. Matthias Rauch
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Anna Blaich

Vice Chair EventKultur Rhein-Neckar e.V.

Panel 3:
Clubs as cultural places:
What are the possibilities?

Anna Blaich, M.A., studied Music Business at Popakademie Baden-Württemberg (Mannheim) and Cultural and Media Management at Hochschule für Musik und Theater (Hamburg). After different positions within the music business, she filled the position as the export manager with Initiative Musik and was responsible for the German representation at SXSW 2018 in Austin, Texas, and the German contribution for music export within the EU program “Music Moves Europe”. Since 2018, she has been project manager at the Cultural Innovation Office of NEXT Mannheim where she develops projects at the intersection of cultural and creative industries and economy, science, society, and innovation and, as project lead, oversees the use concept of the Multihalle Mannheim. Moreover, she has been deputy chairwoman of Bundesstiftung LiveKultur and part of the board of Eventkultur Rhein-Neckar and IG Clubkultur Baden-Württemberg and is a member of Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft.

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Giacomo Botta

Researcher of Urban Studies at University of Helsinki

Panel 4:
Nightlife & Sustainability

Giacomo is currently a researcher at the Department of Geosciences and Geography, University of Helsinki and member of Urbaria, the Helsinki Institute of Urban and Regional Studies. He has widely researched the relation between music and urbanisation, and the night time economy, in an interdisciplinary approach. He has edited Nocturnes: PopularMusic and the Night (with Geoff Stahl, Plagrave 2018) and authored the monograph Deindustrialisation and Popular Music (Rowman 2020).

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Thore Debor

Clubkombinat / LiveKomm / clubsAREculture

Panel 3:
Clubs as cultural places:
What are the possibilities?

Thore Debor is the managing director of Clubkombinat Hamburg e.V. since 2012. Previously, he initiated the non-profit lunatic Open-Air Festival and taught project management in festival organization at Leuphana University Lüneburg for nine years. Since the founding of the music club Salon Hansen in Lüneburg in 2010, he was co-partner responsible for the club's operation until the end of 2018. Since 2018, he is spokesman for the LiveKomm AG Kulturraumschutz.

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Ralf Eisenhauer

Bürgermeister für Bauen, Planung, Verkehr und Sport in Mannheim

Panel 3: Clubs as cultural places: What are the possibilities?

Ralf Eisenhauer was born in Mannheim on February 2, 1969, attended elementary school here in Neckarstadt-West, and graduated from Ludwig Frank High School in 1988. After studying geology at the University of Heidelberg, he worked as an expert and site manager for contaminated site remediation and deconstruction. After postgraduate studies in business administration at the University of Applied Sciences Ludwigshafen, he was project manager for environmental engineering at an international construction group based in Frankfurt am Main for twelve years. Since 2012, he was responsible for construction and project management on the former US properties in Mannheim at the municipal development company MWSP. On November 3, 2020, the Mannheim City Council elected Ralf Eisenhauer as the new mayor for Department IV. His eight-year term of office began on January 1, 2021.

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Elisabeth Enhus

Professor of Criminology at Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Panel 2: Creative Placemaking after Dark

Els Enhus was full professor in Criminology at the Department of Criminology of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). Since September 2018 she is professor Emeritus in Criminology. Els is involved in teaching “Criminological Encounters” and “Crime and the City” (Master Criminology and Master Urban Studies). Her research focuses on the role and impact of discourses in the social construction of security and crime and the official reaction, security issues (e.g. crime statistics, fear of crime, multi-agency approach, prevention, cybercrime, new developments in criminology), police questions (daily work, culture, structure), and the relationship between the city and crime (public spaces, neighbourhoods, youth gangs).

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Robert Gaa

Night Mayor Mannheim

Panel 1:
More open spaces for (sub)culture

Panel 4:
Nightlife & Sustainability

Robert Gaa took a few detours until he finally became the second Night Mayor of Mannheim and thus also landed in the cultural sector from a professional point of view. His professional path began in Wiesloch with an apprenticeship as an industrial mechanic. After a short stopover in Karlsruhe, he then moved to Mannheim to complete an advanced training course as a state-certified mechanical engineer in neighboring Weinheim. For the next three years he worked all over Europe as a service technician. In addition to his professional activities, he is strongly involved in the Mannheim art and culture association peer23, which also grew his inner desire not only to help shape the cultural life in Mannheim in his free time, but also to leave his mark professionally. In addition, he is still active as a DJ and event organizer.

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Stephanie Haury

Projektleiterin Bundesinstitut für Bau-, Stadt- und Raumforschung (BBSR)

Panel 1:
More open spaces for (sub)culture

Stephanie Haury studied architecture and urban planning in Karlsruhe (KIT) and Barcelona. She works as an urban researcher and project manager at the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (BBSR) in Bonn, focusing on green in the city, citizen engagement, and community-based approaches to urban development.

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Andreas Jechow

Researcher on light pollution at IGB Berlin

Panel 2:
Creative Placemaking after Dark

Andreas Jechow is an interdiscilinary physicist with a broad expertise in photonics, the science of light, and imaging. He received a PhD in photonics and laser physics from the University of Potsdam, Germany. He did a PostDoc in Australia where he imaged the "shadow of an atom" and subsequently worked in quantum microscopy.

Since 2015, Andreas applies his knowledge on light and imaging in environmental sciences where he works on light pollution and optical remote sensing of inland waters at the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB). His main research interest is measuring and assessing the impact of ecological light pollution. He currently coordinates a project on minimizing impact of lighting on key species (bats and insects) in nature conservation areas in Southern Germany (NaturLicht project).

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Amy Lamé

Night Czar London

Panel 2:
Creative Placemaking after Dark

Amy has a long and successful track record as a leader and collaborator in the cultural and creative industries. She is co-founder of the Olivier Award winning arts company and club night Duckie, and co-founded RVT Future, a voluntary LGBT+ community group campaigning to preserve the iconic Royal Vauxhall Tavern.

She served as Mayoress of Camden in 2010-2011, and spent her year highlighting the history and culture of live music and nightlife in the borough. Amy is a familiar presence on TV, in print and on radio. She broadcasted for a decade on BBC Radio London, and now hosts Sunday afternoons on BBC6 Music.

Her debut book, From Prejudice to Pride: A History of the LGBT+ Movement – the first LGBT+ history book for children – was published by Hachette in June 2017.

In 2018, Amy was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from University of East London (UEL) and appointed Honorary Professor at University College London (UCL).  Originally from New Jersey, Amy has been a proud Londoner for over 25 years. She has served as London’s first Night Czar since 2016.

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Sacha Lord

Nighttime Economy Advisor for Greater Manchester

Panel 4:
Nightlife & Sustainability

Growing up in Greater Manchester, Sacha has been involved in music for over 25 years.

Following a successful run of events at The Hacienda, in 2006, Sacha launched The Warehouse Project club nights, followed quickly by Parklife in 2010. Today, Parklife is Europe’s largest metropolitan festival, employing over 4,500 people each year. Combined, both The Warehouse Project and Parklife brought £20.9m into the Greater Manchester economy in 2019.

In 2018, Sacha was appointed Night Time Economy Advisor for Greater Manchester (UK), by Mayor Andy Burnham. In his role, Sacha has announced a raft of measures to improve safety, transport and cultural diversity in the region, and has been an outspoken voice during the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Konstanze Meyer

Clubtopia

Panel 4:
Nightlife & Sustainability

Konstanze Meyer is in charge of Clubtopia, a project for a green club culture. The project of BUND Berlin, clubliebe e.V. and Clubcommission Berlin advocates for sustainable and climate-friendly change in Berlin's club scene. The project networks experts in nightlife and sustainability and motivates them to take concrete climate-friendly action in club and event operations.

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Dr. Matthias Rauch

Cultural Innovation Officer

Panel 2:
Creative Placemaking after Dark

Panel 4:
Nightlife & Sustainability

Matthias Rauch, Dr. phil., studied American Studies, Business Administration and Communications at the University of Mannheim. From 2007-2010, he was a stipend in the graduate program „Formations of the Global“ at the University of Mannheim and visiting research fellow at York University, Toronto, in 2010. He has been lecturing at the University of Mannheim, the SRH Hochschule Heidelberg & Popakademie Baden-Württemberg. Matthias Rauch has worked as a freelance journalist for print and online publications for over 20 years. From March 2013 until October 2014, he was head of press & public relations at the Clustermanagement Musikwirtschaft Mannheim & Region. From 2014 until 2016, he was head of the Clustermanagement Musikwirtschaft. From January 2017 until 2020, he was cultural innovation officer and head of the cultural urban development department at NEXT  Mannheim. Since 2021, he has been head of cultural innovation & creative economy at NEXT Mannheim. He was vice chairman of the association for music business and music culture research (GMM e.V.) from 2014 - 2018. Since June 2020, he has been speaker of the regional group Rhine-Neckar of the Kulturpolitische Gesellschaft e.V. He initiated and conceptualized the first night mayor position in Germany for the City of Mannheim. He is a frequent keynote speaker on the topics of cultural and urban innovation, cultural urban development, creativity and the creative economy.

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Simon Schnetzer

Jugendforscher

Panel 1:
More open spaces for (sub)culture

Generation Y, Generation Z, Generation Alpha. Simon Schnetzer is one of Europe's leading youth researchers and an expert on young generations and intergenerational interaction. Since 2010, the author of the "Young Germans" study has been researching the influence of digitalization on the living and working environments of tomorrow in order to make the future more attractive through participation.

As a speaker, Simon Schnetzer inspires his audiences with surprising insights, groundbreaking stories and clever simulations. In his presentations on Generation Y, Z & Alpha, he provides aha experiences and shows how participation creates solutions for the future and spreads a motivating generation togetherness. Simon Schnetzer works with creative participation formats such as The Future Shapers or Innovation Sprints to increase the impact of his presentations.

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Leni Schwendinger

Urban lighting and nightime designer, International Nighttime Design Initiative (NTD)

Panel 2:
Creative Placemaking after Dark

Leni Schwendinger is a published, award-winning authority on issues of city lighting, with worldwide experience creating illuminated environments. This work is shared through Leni’s public speaking and envisioning engagements, including the “NightSeeing™, Navigate Your Luminous City” program. Her projects can be experienced at sites such as parks, subways and bridges.  She directs International Nighttime Design Initiative to establish an interdisciplinary profession for transformation of neighborhoods after dark. Projects for the Initiative include Smart Lighting Guidance for New York State and advising think-tank New Urban Mobility.  Leni is a Visiting Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and holds fellowships at NYC Design Trust for Public Space and Urban Design Forum.

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Don Slater

Co-director Configuring Light/ Staging the Social research group

Panel 2:
Creative Placemaking after Dark

Don Slater is Reader in Sociology at the London School of Economics, and co-director of the Configuring Light research group. Configuring Light focuses on light and lighting as core elements of urban fabric, and aims to foster dialogue and collaboration between social research, lighting design and urban planning, particularly in public realm space and infrastructure. Prior to this, Slater worked for many years on information technology, media and digital culture in development contexts, including the South Asia, West Africa and Latin America, with projects for UNESCO and DFID.

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Julia von Wild

Clubverstärker Bremen e.V.

Panel 1:
More open spaces for (sub)culture

Julia von Wild is a freelance cultural worker and activist for pop and club culture in Bremen and deputy chairwoman of LiveKomm (Verband der Musikspielstätten in Deutschland e.V.).

She was a key player in setting up the Musikszene Bremen association and was a founding and board member of Clubverstärker Bremen. Here she has among other things planned the upStage! Festival, which is fully dedicated to the future of club culture. She is also the artistic director of the international street theater festivals tête-à-tête in Rastatt and ParkPerplex in Norderstedt and runs the office for cultural services zweifellos.net Currently, together with the project group Cesam58, she is responsible for the project BonusTrack as part of the Bremen Action Program Inner City.

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Christopher Weselek

Polizeipräsidium Mannheim

Panel 1:
More open spaces for (sub)culture

Christopher Weselek is a father of three, lives in Heidelberg and joined the Baden-Württemberg police force in 2003. Until 2007, Weselek completed his training and studies to become a senior police officer. He then worked briefly in patrol duty at the Heidelberg-Süd police station before moving to the Criminal Investigation Service in 2008. This was followed by positions at the state's Ministry of the Interior as well as the leadership group of the criminal investigation department of the then Heidelberg Police Department and as head of the leadership group at the Mannheim-Sandhofen Police Department. After completing his master's degree on Aug. 1, 2018, Weselek was head of Criminal Investigation Division 7 of the Heidelberg Criminal Investigation Directorate, where he was responsible for the Criminal Investigation Endurance Service, manhunts, the data station, central VP leadership and central financial investigation. Since June 2019, the 40-year-old senior detective has been head of the public relations unit at Mannheim Police Headquarters. In addition, he has also headed the "BAO West" / Aktion #Sichere Neckarstadt since 01.10.2019.

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Theresa Kern

First Seat IG Klubkultur

Panel 3:
Clubs as cultural places:
What are the possibilities?

Theresa Kern, who studied humanities and is a trained event manager, has been active in Stuttgart's cultural scene for over ten years. In addition to working in various cultural institutions, she has been organizing the Bunter Beton Festival in Stuttgart together with Feierabendkollektiv e.V. since 2019. In addition, she is on the board of Club Kollektiv Stuttgart as well as a founding member & 1st chairwoman of IG Clubkultur Baden-Württemberg.

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