<p>Partygoers take to the streets of Berlin during the 1994 Love Parade</p>

Keep on moving: Celebrating six decades of dance spaces

Keep on moving: Celebrating six decades of dance spaces

Keep on moving: Celebrating six decades of dance spaces

A new photography project curated by the Goethe-Institut is celebrating the story of club music and culture across 10 urban centres in Africa and Europe from 1960 to pre-pandemic March 2020.

In a bittersweet tribute to communal spaces, Ten Cities looks at the complex networks of a global nexus forged by dance music and clubbing culture. This tribute is even more poignant in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has caused worldwide club closures and also caused the dance music industry grind to a halt.

Photographers have captured the rich subculture and vibrant political life of partygoers in Nairobi, Cairo, Kyiv, Johannesburg, Berlin, Naples, Luanda, Lagos, Bristol and Lisbon. Between 2012 and 2014, the project brought together 50 club music producers, DJs, and musicians from 10 cities which were selected by a local curator in each city to produce new music, giving each region a sonic history. This resulted in a 19-track compilation which was released by Soundway Records in 2014.

Ten Cities aims to demonstrate how cultures create free spaces that can provide the groundwork for future experimentation with attitudes and ways of life, of which can slowly permeate into wider society. 

Photographers include associate professor of history at the National University of Kyiv, Kateryna Dysa, professor of photography and media at the University of Liverpool, Michelle Henning and Rangoato Hlsanek, founder of Keleketla! Library in Johannesburg.

Images range from underground basement clubs in Lagos to the 200,000-attendee strong Love Parade in Berlin, demonstrating the true diversity of our dearly beloved dance spaces. 

Kuduro fans performing in Sambizanga, Luanda, 2015

(Anita Baumann)

DJ Invizable, Orange Farm Township, Johannesburg, 2015

(Chris Saunders)

‘Shine’, from the series Maskirovka, 2017

(Tobias Zielony)

‘Make Up’, from Maskirovka

(Tobias Zielony)

Margarida Martins and Mário Marques at the Absolut Citron Party in Frágil, Lisbon

(Unknown)

A 1983 bodybuilding-themed party at Frágil, Lisbon

( José Soares e Nica)

Wild Bunch Decked Out, Camden, 1985

(Beezer)

Wild Bunch Decked Out, Camden, 1985

(Beezer)

DJ Sadat in Salam City, Cairo, 2013

(Mosa’ab Elshamy)

(Mosaab Elshamy)

The 1994 Love Parade in Kurfürstendamm, Berlin

(Tilman Brembs)

President Records Ltd presents Matata, London, 1971

(President Records)

‘Ten Cities: Clubbing in Nairobi, Cairo, Kyiv, Johannesburg, Berlin, Naples, Luanda, Lagos, Bristol, Lisbon. 1960 – March 2020’, published by Spector Books, is available here


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