LSE WORKING GROUP – Relations with local authorities


As part of our Live Style Europe project, Live DMA organizes its first working group from the 8th to the 10th of November 2017 besides the Stadt nach Acht event in Berlin.

The working group will be dedicated to the topic The value of music venues to local authorities. Venues directors, programmers and chair(wo)men from Live DM’s members organizations will come together and discuss issues like the impact of urban development and gentrification on music venues, neighborhood relations, improving relations between venues and local policy makers, etc. Participants are encouraged to share best practices with each other and to seek further inspiration from other experts present at the Stadt nach Acht event.



From the 9th to the 11th of November 2017, Berlin hosts for the second time the Stadt nach Acht conference. As a prime example, Berlin continuously demonstrates that the celebration of nightlife is an important social activity and that this attraction is directly linked to the vibrancy of European cities. This success comes with its own set of challenges, as example the coexistence of nightlife cultures and residents, or the risky behaviour of party goers related to their consumption of alcohol, drugs and sexual activities.

Many interesting responses to this new set of circumstance have been elaborated during the last years. The culture, music and nightlife-regulations may be different, but the challenges are similar for all cities of the world, which is reason enough to develop an attractive and sustainable nightlife culture on an international level. The focus of the Nightlife Conference lies upon varying facets of modern party culture, regardless of whether in public, in clubs, bars, festivals or in the form of free parties. The Nightlife Conference offers an ideal platform for international networking and exchange that goes beyond the traditional borders of the scene, the branch, and related areas of expertise.

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Live Style Europe is a “building capacity program” with the objective to empower music venues, festivals, and regional and nationals live music associations and to provide them with skills and tools in order to adapt to the changes of the music sector. In 2017, he European Commission recognized Live DMA as European network and granted, via the Creative Europe program, funding to develop the network’s project Live Style Europe.