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Turmoil is the theme for the next Berlin CTM festival

The 19th edition of CTM will run from 26 January–4 February 2018. It’s already open to submissions for its fifth Radio Lab Call

Describing its 19th edition as its last teenage year, Berlin’s CTM festival will mark its coming of age by making turmoil its central theme.

It expands on last year's Fear Love Anger theme, asking, “What is the sound of turmoil? What are aesthetics of tumult? What to do with such intensities? Which other sonic and musical responses could we conceive of to counter the current overload of agitation, anxiety and animosity?”

The theme continues the festival's inquiry into sound and music's potential to educate and drive resilience during a period which organisers see as marked by a normalisation of political, social and environmental crisis, all of which results in “unsettling feelings that resonate through our on and offline lives”.

Meanwhile, the fifth edition of CTM’s Radio Lab Call is now open for submissions. It’s sent out an open invitation to submit ideas that bring radio art and live performance or installation together based around the idea of turmoil. The commissioned work will premiere at the festival and then be broadcast as part of Deutschlandfunk Kultur’s Klangkunst programme. The Österreichischer Rundfunk (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) will then present the winning pieces via one or more of its platforms. More information can be found on CTM's website.

Running from 26 January–4 February, the CTM festival will include club events and concerts as well as day time lectures, talks, exhibitions and the sixth edition of MusicMakers Hacklab. It will take place at various Berlin venues, taking in new and veteran partners such as Berghain, HAU Hebbel am Ufer and Kunstquartier Bethanien. The first wave of confirmed artists will be revealed in early October.