Academy for Cultural Diplomacy

Art as Cultural Diplomacy

American Music Abroad Night

The Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (bpb), and the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) invite you to attend:

The influence of American music worldwide
Tuesday, 11th November, in the Amerika Haus, Berlin

America was and is the birthplace to many of the most popular music genres now present across the globe, from country music to R&B to rap. We invite you to take part in a musical journey that will let you experience and reflect on this influence through entertainment and discussion in the spirit of cultural and political education.

Podium Discussion
The event will begin with a podium discussion. A panel of experts from the fields of music and history will offer fresh perspectives and critical analysis on why music has been one of America’s most important cultural exports.

Music Festival
Following the panel discussion Amerika Haus will wind back the years and let music take centre stage. A collection of live performances will showcase the diverse history of America’s musical influence and take the audience on a musical journey through time.
Panel Speakers: Kara Johnstad (Singer/Song Writer), Reggie Moore (Jazz Ambassador, tbc), Jerome Bo Fitts (Crownn Recording), Prof. Peter Weniger (Universität der Künste, tbc), Matthias Kirsch (Jazz Radio), Mark Donfried (ICD)

Musicians: Garry Wiggins, Guitar Crusher, Jamestown Ferry, Hannes & the Blue Vinyl Freaks, Hardy Schwetter


18:15   Reception Refreshments will be served in the Lobby, with entertainment from Hardy Schweter
19:00   Welcome Address Gary Wiggins and Donna Brown perform the opening song, following which Mark Donfried (ICD) and Lothar Kopp (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung) provide the opening remarks.
19:15   Panel Discussion (with musical interludes) - A panel of experts from different musical backgrounds will discuss the influence of American music in Germany from the last century. The discussion will finish with an interactive question & answer session.
20:45   Reception
21:15   Live Music Festival A range of artists and bands will perform a representative selection of American music with a special emphasis on Rhythm & Blues, Rock n‘roll, Country and Outlaw Country.
23:15   Reception
23:30   Lobby sounds The lobby will host an after hours party and keep everyone socializing long into the night with a DJ providing the sounds.

The event is open to the general public and entry is free.
Complimentary food and drinks will be served throughout the evening.

American Music Abroad will taken place in the Amerika Haus
Hardenbergstrasse 22-24, 10623 Berlin (next to Zoologischer Garten station)
Enquiries to infoculturaldiplomacyorg Tel: 030 – 23607680