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Celebratory moments.

  • Jun 13 2023
  • Refuge Worldwide
    Refuge was started as a fundraising platform working in solidarity with grassroots and non-profit organizations. In January 2021, we launched Refuge Worldwide, a new radio station to amplify the music and issues that we care about, broadcasting 24/7 from Weserstraße 166, (12045 Berlin Neukölln).

    From our home in Berlin Neukölln, Oona Bar, we now host weekly workshops, training programs, and classes in media, creative fields, and mental health. These are free to attend as part of our community outreach. Refuge Worldwide is also involved in a number of collaborative projects around the globe with like-minded collectives, radio stations, and activists.

In this month’s installment of Live And Direct, we’ve selected three important moments in the programs of some Berlin institutions - big and small. Members of the Refuge Worldwide radio community are involved in all three, sharing in the collective joy and achievement of our peer organizations.


Initiative - Special Olympics World Games

The world’s biggest inclusive sports event touches down in Berlin this June, taking place across multiple venues including the Olympic Stadium from June 17th to 25th. Around 8000 athletes from 180 countries will participate in what the Special Olympics describes as “a global inclusion movement... changing the lives of people with intellectual disabilities.” Music will play a big part in the games, uplifting the atmosphere in the venues, bringing a little piece of each country’s vibe, and celebrating the athletes. Refuge Worldwide is proud to have curated the music library to put forward 10 DJs to play across the venues. Tickets for the games are still available here.


Release - Open Music Lab - Diffraction compilation

Our friends at the Open Music Lab have just announced their first physical release - a limited edition vinyl version of the Diffraction compilation they put out digitally last September. The record “celebrates the power of collaboration and learning from each other,” with music coming from their students who took part in an intensive 8-month music production course. On the record, you can hear everything from Brasilian-inspired club, Palestinian techno, minimal, lyrical poetry, and ambient, to a euphoric drag anthem. OML team member and Refuge Worldwide resident Ophélie has spearheaded the vinyl release with artwork from Sophie Douala and manufacturing from Disc Archive. Out now - come and grab a copy from Oona Bar!


Event - Hamburger Bahnhof Open House

On June 17 and 18, the Hamburger Bahnhof Museum opens its doors to the public for a free entry “Open House” weekend, hosting a range of installations and activities around the space. Refuge Worldwide has been invited to host a field recording and soundscape-making workshop on June 17th. An open group of participants will be led around the museum by Margaux and Nick Höppner and taught about capturing found sound. Armed with their recordings on their phones or some supplied microphones, the participants submit their sounds to a mixing desk in the Historic Hall and live edit them into a Hamburger Bahnhof soundscape. The workshop will be in English and German, free to attend and without application in advance. More info here.




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