Festival philosophy

In its second year, our festival stands for art & culture from and for Potsdam. Dance and celebrate with us on 22.12.2023 for more than 12 hours in a world full of creativity and adventure!

The music at PACE is as varied as the festival itself. In a new collaboration with the AirFlair event series, we offer up-and-coming artists from various genres a stage. The special thing about it is that several art forms share the spotlight at each programme point. For example, you can experience handmade electronic music that interacts in real time with an interactive light installation. Surprises and new discoveries are guaranteed!

There is also a lot to discover off-stage: a media art exhibition planned by the internationally renowned studio Xenorama, pop-up art, chill areas and performances merge organically. Come and talk! At the PACE creative market you can get to know Potsdam’s diverse creative scene and its subcultures over mulled wine and waffles.

We put a lot of emphasis on PARTICIPATION! If you want to be part of the creative market, show your favourite photo or exhibit artwork, take part in our Open Calls or write to us! We are a festival that connects you and gives you space for Potsdam’s art and creative world to come together and grow!

Strengthening Potsdam's cultural scene - on stage and behind the scenes

The last few years have been difficult for the arts and culture scene, including Potsdam. The vibrant and colourful life almost died away during the pandemic. Many artists have turned to virtual offerings, trying to maintain contact with the public and remain visible. But we all missed something very important: experiencing concerts, performances and exhibitions live and together.

Our scene thrives on exchange and mutual support. Networks emerge, develop, are fun and bring benefits. With PACE, we as artists and cultural workers from Potsdam want to give impulses to strengthen and celebrate the local art and culture scene. This also includes people who usually don’t have such a loud voice, such as technicians, organisational talents, volunteers and many others.

Our goal is to bring together big and small actors and give them space to present themselves in front of a large audience, to network, to inspire each other and to create new collaborations and structures. In front of and behind the scenes, we rely on Potsdam: from artists to the organising team, technology, food and much more. At PACE we come together and are visible and tangible in our diversity and strength. Art and culture make a city come alive! They stimulate all the senses, bring people together and touch us in many ways – that’s why Potsdam, Berlin and Brandenburg need them in all their variations.

Art Encounters - Mix & Match

At the PACE, we will be turning the spotlight onto multifaceted art & culture and the subcultures associated with it. The festival brings together creatives from the fields of music, visual arts, film, light and media art, design, performance art, dance and club culture and everyone who loves them. Meetings and networks are an important part of the creative industry, which is why we especially encourage them at PACE!

The programme is planned in such a way that several art forms always work together, for example visual artists design the stages and the techno floor becomes an interactive light installation at night. This creates crossover art, which creates new collaborations and innovative forms of presentation.

The PACE Kreativmarkt is an exchange platform where small and large creative groups and places from Potsdam can present themselves in an individual way. There is room for crazy ideas and important discussions. Everyone can get into conversation at the creative market: Creative minds, young people who want to get into the scene and curious visitors.

Arts for everyone! Arts for participation!

The PACE invites everyone to participate in Potsdam’s art and culture. You will find both well-known creatives and newcomers in our programme. The creative market also invites you to introduce yourself and is a place where new connections are made. So if you want to get more active in Potsdam’s arts & culture scene, this is the place to be.

Our festival grounds are mostly barrier-free. Music is not only audible, but also tangible! The festival is equipped with Feelbelts, which convert live music into haptic signals that can be felt. This makes the musical experience accessible to people with hearing disabilities, for example.

A festival costs money and it is important to us to pay all artists a fair fee. We know that not everyone can afford festival tickets. Therefore, with the help of our social cooperation partners, such as Kultür Potsdam, we will distribute a contingent of free tickets.

Openness, solidarity and awareness

We are a place of tolerance, openness and togetherness. Things are peaceful at our festival because we look out for each other and help each other. There is no place for any kind of discrimination or border-crossing at our arts & culture festival. We want a relaxed atmosphere for all guests and we also learn from our own past mistakes. So if you notice that someone is not abiding by this consensus or that someone is simply in a bad way, look and help! If you need help, please contact our newly introduced Awareness Team. All members are trained to support you in a respectful and sensitive way. Constructive criticism or tips help us to adapt the festival concept to your needs and to prevent problems – you can reach us via our contact form or on social media.


Sustainability is important to us! The local approach of the PACE Festival avoids many travels and energy-intensive transport that would usually be necessary for a festival of this size. Already in the preparation phase, material, artworks, technology and the organising team have to travel only short distances. Just like the artists, and the visitors on the festival day itself. High mobility is one of the greatest environmental challenges in the field of art and culture.

Thanks to already existing structures and local cooperations ( for example with the collectives Xenorama and Basskontakt, the Kunst- und Kulturquartier Schiffbauergasse or the Waschhaus Potsdam), we already use existing event and organisational structures at PACE. This means we don’t have to rebuild basic things like the main stage and borrow very little technology. In addition, we support the sharing of equipment for artists and thus reduce transport and material consumption.

When it comes to the artistic design and decoration of the PACE, we rely on upcycling. Unfortunately, this does not work for every detail, but we use used materials where possible.

The food at PACE is mainly regional, organic, vegetarian or vegan. Here, too, we use existing supply chains and thus avoid additional energy expenditure. We have chosen some very special treats for you, so there is something for everyone! We are currently striving to reduce waste and recycle through deposit systems and waste separation.

PACE contributes to the further networking of the people from Potsdam’s art and culture scene. Such local networks have a high chance of lasting for a long time and of generating further cooperation. Due to the local character, it is also easier to make later collaborations sustainable. Moreover, long-term collaborations are also fundamentally sustainable for the work and can bring many advantages, e.g. for the quality of work.

When it comes to sustainability, we want to keep developing. If you have innovative ideas, please contact us! We are always curious to learn. PACE wants to be and remain a green festival!

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