The Open Club Day
Concerts and live music acts are a huge part of the European culture as they take place in essential cultural and social sites where people can meet and exchange.
Every first Saturday of February, live music venues & clubs all over Europe open their doors on the same day during daytime and invite the audience to discover what is happening behind the scenes.
The Open Club Day allows strengthening the connection of the venues & clubs with their local communities. At the same time, it connects local stages all over Europe in a strong solidarity movement that reaffirms their importance as cultural, economic, and social actors.
LIVE MUSIC VENUES & CLUBS MATTER
The Open Club Day aims to raise awareness about the reality of the daily work in a live music venue among its neighbors, local cultural players, authorities, and policy makers.
By highlighting daily activities of music venues, the Open Club Day offers the right circumstances for a constructive exchange than can help to clear up negative stereotypes that are so often cultivated about live music venues and nightlife.
CLUBS & VENUES MATTER
Live music venues and clubs are continuously facing challenges related to the evolutions of audience practices, music aesthetics, new technologies, regulations, economic models…
In this context, the grassroots venues are the most fragile, yet vital for talent development, music diversity and expression. The Open Club Day reveals how they manage to adapt with innovating DIY forms and social economy models.
By joining forces, cooperation projects like the Open Club Day can create positive repercussions on a national and local level for the live music sector and have a real impact on the recognition of music venues being significant contributors to culture.
“The Open Club Day changed my opinion about Emmetrop! I had prejudices about the venue. I thought that it was only for young people. But I can come and see the exhibitions and other performances… I know now that I am welcome here.”
Marie-Claude, 66 years old
Visitor of the Open Club Day at the venue Emmetrop in France
“The Open Club Day allows us to meet and to discuss with people who usually don’t come to our venue. The event allows us to exchange with people who live in the same neighborhood in a different context. They usually see us only at night and we do not really talk. On the Open Club Day, meeting each other becomes easier and this is really important to us.”
General secretary at the venue Fri-Son in Switzerland
“Opening the venue to parents, neighbors and nightlife-critics helps change the story made of prejudicial thinking into a relationship of respect and trust. It supports the realization of the cultural, social and economical value of live-music-venues.”
Isabelle von Walterskirchen
Co-president at Live DMA & executive manager at PETZI – Swiss association of live-music-venues & festivals
“Bring your parents and friends to the venues. If my mum understands how music venues work, it’s a win-win situation.”
Schweitzer Bar und Clubkommission & Founder of the Open Club Day concept
The event-concept was created by SBCK (Swiss non-governmental commissions for bars and clubs) and Petzi (Swiss non-governmental federation of live music venues and festivals) in Switzerland and has been conducted on a national level since 2015 with great success.
The European edition of the Open Club Day is supported by the European Commission via the Creative Europe program. Live DMA and its members, 18 live music associations in 14 different countries, coordinate the Open Club Day:
ACCES (Spain) // ASACC (Catalonia) // Clubcircuit (Belgium) // Court-Circuit (Belgium) // Collectif Culture Bar-Bars (France) // Dansk Live (Denmark) // FEDELIMA (France) // KeepOn Live (Italy) // Kultura Live (Basque Country) // Live FIN (Findland) // LiveKomm (Germany) // LOFTAS (Lithuania) // Music Venue Trust (UK) // NKA (Norway) // Petzi (Switzerland) // Salon IKSV (Turky) // Svensk Live (Sweden) // VNPF (Netherlands)
Coordinating association not part of Live DMA: Live Music Estonia
Live Style Europe
The Open Club Day is part of the building capacity program #LiveStyleEurope coordinated by Live DMA (European non-governmental network for live music venues, clubs and festivals) and supported by the European Commission via the Creative Europe program.
Live Style Europe aims to empower live music venues, clubs and festivals, as well as regional and nationals live music umbrella associations by providing them with skills and tools for an easier adaption to the evolutions of the live music sector. The programme strives to structure the live music sector and to enhance the visibility of music venues and clubs.
In order to achieve these goals, Live DMA focuses on collaborative actions such as peer-to-peer learning, exchanges at the European level among the members and with partners, and a mutualised communication strategy.
Visit the Live DMA website to find out more about #LiveStyleEurope.