Berlin considers converting public spaces into open-air clubs

Posted by Kirsten on 31 July 2020

Berlin is famed for its exciting and unusual nightlife options. However, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, dancing until the early hours of the morning in a cramped indoor club is not realistic.

Germany is slowly easing lockdown restrictions that have been in place since March, and is working on reviving its formally thriving nightlife industry throughout the country. City authorities in Berlin are now considering turning outdoor public spaces like parks, streets, and squares into open-air clubs, reports Time Out.

Berlin considers converting public spaces into open-air clubs

Outdoor open-air parties are popular in the summertime

In a letter to district mayors, City economics minister Ramona Pop requests that these public spaces be made available for club venues to rent so that the party can once again continue, in a safe and socially distanced manner.

‘Berlin misses its diverse club scene,’ Pop told the Berliner Morgenpost. ‘That’s why… we want to create legal opportunities to party in public areas for clubs and Berliners.’

This comes after rising reports of illegal raves in the city. According to the DW, parties are being held in parks, forests and abandoned buildings, and are typically invitation only.

Pop hopes these open-air clubs can open in the next few weeks as summer is a big season for such events. The city has already distributed €30 million (R602 526 600) to arts and nightlife venues to help support them amid the pandemic, and the culture ministry has committed to doubling this number within the next few months.

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