QuerKlang is a joint programme supported by the Berlin University of the Arts, klangzeitort, k&k kultkom, Kulturkontakt e.V. and Berliner Festspiele. Its aim is to promote experimental composition at schools and to present the results at the festival MaerzMusik. The teaching of new and contemporary music in schools is mostly limited to a few selected works and composers. This selective look at individual works largely ignores the fact that the language of contemporary music is a form of personal expression available to amateurs, too. A lack of understanding and tolerance towards the large variety of new music is the result.

QuerKlang counters this tendency by encouraging pupils to conduct their own experiments with musical material and to create their own compositions. The aim is not just to inspire curiosity and openness towards unusual musical materials, but also to develop a basic understanding of the working process involved in composition: Pupils will see themselves as composers who – beyond all criteria of “beautiful” or “ugly” music – invent, assess and modify musical processes and finally perform them together in public.

Under the guidance and accompaniment of composers, music teacher and music students of the Berlin University of the Arts, around 1,000 pupils from Berlin have explored the creation of musical processes as part of their music teaching since 2003: The goal is for them to develop compositions of their own to be performed in public as part of MaerzMusik.


“Parallelwelten” is a programme devised by young people for young people, looking at the world of (computer) games. In 2017, it will connect itself in various formats to the programmes featured by the festivals MaerzMusik and Theatertreffen and to an exhibition at Martin-Gropius-Bau, always in parallel to the contexts and duration of these events. Workshops and discursive formats will be developed together with a peer group of young adults, who will in turn contribute topics and priorities for the target group (16+). The main interest here lies in a close cooperation with Berliner Festspiele’s existing programme lines. The series will be hosted in cooperation with the Game Science Center Berlin and will be funded by Karl Schlecht Stiftung.

Idea & dramaturgy: Carolin Hochleichter / Verena Nagel
Peer group: Verena Caspari, Antonino Polizzi, Felipe-Jordi Rahn Bueno, Tomek Rudel, Simon Scharf
Scientific consultant: Melanie Fritsch

Programme 2018

Anton Lukoszevieze “Dovydai” 2017, graphic score

Schule machen: QuerKlang

Experimental Composing at School
Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Mon 19 Mar 2018, 18:00
Haus der Berliner Festspiele

Gewalt und Zeitlichkeit in der digitalen Welt

Parallelwelten 4 / Thinking Together – Workshop
Haus der Berliner Festspiele
WED 21 & THU 22 Mar 2018, 15:00
Anton Lukoszevieze “Dovydai” 2017, graphic score

Schule machen: QuerKlang

Experimental Composing at School
Kammermusiksaal der Philharmonie, Foyer
Thu 22 Mar 2018, 18:00
Berliner Festspiele

Seeing what’s ahead

Berliner Festspiele stand for a cultural programme where the new becomes visible.