Open Space 2021

Many thanks to all for bringing your expertise and experience around the table and engaging in such fruitful, constructive and open exchanges throughout the two days of the symposium “Curating Diversity: What does freedom sound like?”. We are grateful for the valuable and insightful discussions, the diversity of perspectives and the openness of everyone to follow such a (challenging) digital format.

Listening Sessions

The participants were invited to meet in groups and attend 45 min Listening Sessions, hosted by the following artists:

  • Ariel Wiliam Orah - Ravenative Keroncong 2021
  • Joseph Kamaru - artifices unknown
  • Elsa M'bala
  • Robert Machiri & Memory Biwa - PUNGWE
  • Grant Jurius (Future Nostalgia)
  • Hardi Kurda
  • Raven Chacon

Open Space

The second part of the Symposium was organized, using Open Space Technology. This participative meeting methodology invites participants to collectively create and organize the agenda and content of parallel working sessions around the central theme.

  • 1: A Creolised Usable Part for Music
  • 2: Should we cancel all postponed premiers?
  • 3: How does contemporary music relate to the topic of freedom?
  • 4: Experiences with freedom - conditions for it?
  • 6: Post pandemic festivals
  • 7: The Forgotten Creole, New Music in Latin-American
  • 8: Artists in the Third-space: cultural mobility, is it a curse or a blessing?

Action Planning

  • A: Youth-Educational and major cultural organizational inclusion
  • B: Seeking collaborators co-thinkers and co-presenters for new hybrid multi-creative projects with Ensemble Extrakte Berlin
  • C: Hashtag Guerilla
  • D: Organising a sharable database for touring (organisers contacts), tricks and tips regarding visas, opportunities, funding, travels, travel E: Networking Art Project
  • F: Look for cooperation for Bridge concerts for intersonanzen Festival
  • G: #CancelallPostponedPremieres or 100% new music quo

Please find the detailed documentation of the Open Space here.


We are very happy that so many people from different world regions joined us to exchange and feel encouraged to follow up and strengthen this transnational discourse. Please contact us if you wish to reach out to another participants but you do not have to contact detail. We are happy to connect you.

Open Call Gallery

We would like to thank all of you who contributed to the Open Call. Since the two days were so dense and not everybody might have found the time to visit the gallery, we have decided to leave it open for another 10 days.
Please note that we will delete all contents after those 10 days, unless you give us the permission to publish your contribution on the Sounds Now website (


The digital open space format was very new to most of us. We appreciate your feedback and are open to receiving your ideas, suggestions or criticism.
You can (anonymously) submit your feedback and ideas here until the 31st of May.


We look forward to seeing you at the follow-up meeting on October 6th 2021, 17.00 - 20.00 CET, to see how the various initiatives developed at the meeting have advanced.

Special thanks to the members of the Advisory Board consisting of Memory Biwa, Du Yun, Candice Hopkins, Lee Walters and meLê yamomo and the participants of the preparatory meeting for the Open Space with Il-Ryun Chung, Sandeep Bhagwati, Claudia van Hasselt and Katja Heldt as well as Jalalu-Kalvert Nelson for their advice and support.

We hope to seeing you soon again!

Kind regards,
Lisa Benjes, Julia Gerlach and Thorbjørn Tønder Hansen