Berlin’s 2020 Pop-Kultur International Music Festival – August 26-28

Pop-Kultur 2020 photo credit
Photo/artwork credit: Pop-Kultur

Written by Monica Ng

Attention: Montrealers! You can buy tickets for this event and attend in person at Espace SAT on August 29, 2020.

What does the short film “Rat-Tribution Now” have to do with Pop-Kultur?

If you haven’t already, check out my interview with King Khan. King Khan and his daughter Saba Lou Khan produced a short film titled “Rat-Tribution Now”.  The film is commissioned by the Pop-Kultur and funded by FACTOR Canada and the Government of Canada.  I am told that the film will be released on August 28, 2020 at 8:20p.m. (EST). According to King Khan, “Rat-Tribution Now is a fictional story about the Musahars from Bihar, India. They were known as the “rat eaters” of India – they are even below the untouchable cast in India. The story is about the violation of a young girl by a group of men and her supernatural revenge.” The film is dedicated to the missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada that the police don’t care about.

I received an email from someone in Berlin’s Pop-Kultur Press Department who read my interview with King Khan and thought it would be a good idea to promote the release of “Rat-Tribution Now”.  At the same time, I could help spread the word about this year’s online festival.  I’m very excited to gain insider news about this event. Of course, I couldn’t resist the opportunity to do some research and write this article, because I love experiencing “art” created through the unique vision of artists, musicians and film producers. 

Pop-Kultur/King Khan/Ratribution
Photo/artwork credit: Pop-Kultur/King Khan/Saba Lou Khan


In just a few days (August 26-28, 2020), the world will be enjoying Pop-Kultur’s sixth annual event. Pop-Kultur (a project by Musicboard Berlin GmbH) is one of Germany’s International Music Festivals based in Berlin. The festival celebrates music, art, culture and film. This year’s event will feature 36 international artists/speakers including Canada’s very own – King Khan, Cartel Madras and Jessy Lanza!

The festival focuses on four main areas:

  1. Live and commissioned works – which include exhibitions and concerts.
  2. Nachwuchs – which gives opportunity for “young talents” to participate in workshops and network with others in the industry.
  3. Netzwerk – a platform for creative people to share their ideas nationally and internationally.
  4. Lokal –highlighting Berlin’s own talent.

Free Online Access!

Yes, I said the “F” word. The festival is FREE to enjoy! As much as I love events/festivals of this type, I admit that a typical deterrent for me is the distance to the venues and crowds. COVID may have wrecked havoc on the world, but there is at least one silver lining – this year, we can check out the festival online! That means that everyone across the globe can enjoy Pop-Kultur from the comfort of their own home.  Did I already mention – access to the event is free?

You can watch the Pop-Kultur trailer here:


Check out the full programme details on Pop-Kultur’s website.

In addition to Rat-Tribution Now, I’ll be sure to check out “Damage Experience” by CATNAPP. According to the write-up on Pop-Kultur’s website, “Damage” uses music or other stimulus to give you an experience which “awakens unresolved experiences that have been buried.” I am drawn to mysterious stuff like that…

Check out CATNAPP’s wicked music:

Go Canada!

I am so proud of our Canadian artists participating in the festival. Way to go!

This year, the Canadian line-up includes:

King Khan – musician and film producer (among other things).

Cartel Madras -a queer Indian-Canadian rapping duo.

Jessy Lanza – musician from Hamilton. Check out her new LP “All the Time.”

Go Virtual!

Honestly, I can’t think of a better way to experience something new and exciting, than participating in Pop-Kultur’s online festival. And just imagine…you can escape to another world just by entering the following website in your browser and hitting/clicking enter (or just click the link below).

Don’t forget to make some time between August 26-28, 2020 to stimulate your brain and awaken your senses.

I am a new fan of Jessy Lanza before I write this…last…word.

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