After 19 years of experimental art and music supply, curation and performance, CTM Festival has developed a reputation. But that doesn’t stop it from maintaining an art-first attitude, even in the face of greater attention and demand.

The Berlin-based festival has announced that the theme for the 2018 festival — which guides its programming and artistic direction — will be Turmoil.

Within that artistic chaos, CTM will be presenting exclusive installations like Skalar, the audio-visual production of Kangding Ray and Christopher Bauder that’s redefining the relationship between light and sound. The festival will also showcase the live debut of Recondite’s new album, Daemmerlicht, which the German artist will perform on two occasions live at Saüle inside Berghain.

Since 1999, CTM festival has taken over venues across the city. This year, it will call established clubs and performance spaces like Berghain, YAAM, Kraftwerk and Festsaal Kreuzberg home for 10 days between January 26 and February 4.

Although the program is music-driven, CTM will, as usual, host a variety of discussions, lectures and panels, focused on subjects like the, “Sounds of China’s Underground,” or the prevalence of mandatory coding in our modern digital world.

Other musical highlights include a performance by the Holly Herndon Ensemble —collectively and individually — as well as the performance of James Ferraro’s Plague project in the historic Funkhaus Berlin. The former GDR national broadcasting centre will also host MONOM 4D Sound for select shows throughout the festival.


Passes for CTM 2018 are already sold out, but you can still buy individual tickets here.