Q3AMBIENTFEST is a three-day happening for neoclassical and experimental music, featuring artists from diverse genres, origins and popularity. The handpicked festival invites open-minded music lovers to discover today’s contemporary composers and performers, carefully curated by Potsdam-based award-winning cello-piano duo CEEYS.
With a first edition in 2017 and a second round in 2018, Q3A has hosted 29 artists from 15 different countries, and takes place at Fabrik Potsdam, near the world-famous film town Babelsberg, less than an hour away from Berlin.
Q3A is organised at Fabrik Potsdam from 12-14 April 2019 in partnership with Dutch music initiative Fluister. It also joins Piano Day, an annual worldwide event and platform for piano related projects founded by a group of likeminded people around pianist and composer Nils Frahm, that takes place on the 88th day of the year because of the number of keys on the instrument being celebrated.
From avant-garde to pop, Q3A is a mirror to the eclectic architecture of Potsdam, from neo-classical palaces to prefabricated ‘Plattenbauten’ (slab buildings). These Communist-era buildings gave its name to Q3A, which is an abbreviation for ‘Querwandbau‘ (cross-wall construction). Q3A seeks to explore the cultural and musical impact of East German heritage, a theme which has been fundamental to the creative concept behind CEEYS’ album and photography project Concrete Fields.
The photographs featured on this website were taken by Diane Barbé, exploring the visual and cultural influence of East German architecture. Images feature the unique superimpositions of neoclassical and socialist architecture in Potsdam, and hint as well to its international dimension with photographs taken on Zanzibar island, off the coast of Tanzania, where DDR teams of engineers were sent in the 1960s to experiment building ‘Plattenbauten’ in tropical contexts.
Curation and programmation by
Daniel & Sebastian Selke