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On the occasion of the State Visit to the Federal Republic of Germany by the

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins and Sabina Higgins, a concert curated by

Other Voices, will take place in the heart of Berlin.

We are delighted to announce that RTÉ will broadcast two Other Voices specials from Berlin this summer and the event will be live streamed worldwide by ARTE Concert on the 4th of July 2019.

The Other Voices Berlin Specials will include performances from

Lisa Hannigan &  s t a r g a z e

Dermot Kennedy

Aoife Ní Bhriain

RTÉ broadcast dates TBC

Following an invitation from the Federal President of Germany H.E. President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, President Michael D. Higgins will undertake a State Visit to the Federal Republic of Germany. The State Visit, which aims to highlight and further develop the close links between the two countries, will take place from 3-5 July 2019. The two nations recently celebrated 90 years of diplomatic relations. President Higgins will be accompanied on the State Visit by his wife Sabina Higgins and by the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney TD.  They will fulfil engagements in Berlin, Leipzig, Wurzburg and Frankfurt.

Other Voices is honoured to curate an evening of music for this significant State Visit, which will celebrate the longstanding cultural and musical ties between Ireland and Germany.

“We are delighted to be building on the long history of artistic and cultural connections that underpin the relationship between Germany and Ireland.” – Philip King, founder Other Voices.

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Other Voices is delighted to travel to Berlin to curate, produce and capture an evening of remarkable music. On the 4th of July, Other Voices, Ireland’s longest running music television programme, will travel from the west coast of Ireland to the heart of the German capital, to celebrate the longstanding cultural and musical ties between the two nations. The line-up for Other Voices Berlin spans genres and will be unified by excellence, talent and creativity. The event will take place across three venues in Kreuzberg; Fluxbau, Riverside Studios and Bebop Dance School.


We are thrilled to announce that ARTE Concert will be live streaming Dermot Kennedy's performance from Other Voices Berlin on Thursday 4th of July at 22:30 (GMT +2). 

Dermot Kennedy has rapidly become one of Ireland's most sought after musicians. With sold out shows at home and abroad (including Berlin’s Columbiahalle), millions of plays on music streaming platforms and a performance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Dermot Kennedy has gone from busking on the streets of Dublin to becoming a festival headliner with an international following.

On Thursday 5th of July ARTE Concert will show GURR's performance from Other Voices Berlin. 

Gurr is a garage-rock band from Berlin. After releasing their critically acclaimed and self-produced album In My Head in 2016 Berliner 2s Laura Lee and Andreya Casablanca have taken the world by storm. Their jingly rock’n’roll striking live shows taken them across the UK, US and Germany where they have performed at Eurosonic, SXSW, The Great Escape and recorded sessions for Huw Stephens in BBC Radio 1’s Maida Vale. ‘The fizzy joy of indie as it used to be’ – The Guardian


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Other Voices is delighted to announce that an Ireland’s Edge conference will take place on the afternoon of 4th July in Fluxbau, Berlin.

Joining us in Berlin: 

The programming of this short conference of Ireland's Edge in Berlin will be broadly reflective of this and of the nature of Irish-German relationships in the context of Brexit and its anticipated impact. Ireland’s Edge: A View from Berlin will contribute to discussion around the need to nurture and develop that relationship in all its aspects cultural, political, social and economic. “As Germans we understand how wars and borders can threaten peace. A belief we share with you Irish”  - Heiko Maas Dublin - 8th January 2019

Other Voices Berlin and Ireland’s Edge are kindly supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht, The Comer Group, Greenman Investments & HiUp.