Every first Saturday of February, live music venues & clubs in Europe open their doors for free during daytime for Open Club Day.
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, Open Club Day offers the right circumstances for a constructive exchange that can help to clear up negative stereotypes that are so often cultivated about live music venues and nightlife.
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 small and medium sized venues and clubs are fragile, yet vital for talent development, music diversity and expression. Open Club Day reveals how they manage to adapt with innovating DIY forms and social economy models.
By joining forces, cooperation projects like 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.
Register online for free and we will send you a communication toolkit and the graphic design for this year’s Open Club Day edition.
Open Club Day…
… is an initiative that was born in Switzerland. Since 2018, it is coordinated by Live DMA, a European network of live music associations representing over 3000 live music venues, clubs and festivals throughout Europe. Open Club Day is part of Live Style Europe, the project designed by Live DMA for which it received a grant from the European Commission via the Creative Europe programme.
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 Open Club Day is supported by the European Commission via the Creative Europe programme. Live DMA and its members, 19 live music associations in 15 different countries, coordinate Open Club Day:
ACCES (Spain) // ASACC (Catalonia) // Club Circuit (Belgium – Flanders) // Court-Circuit (Belgium – Wallonia-Brussels) // Collectif Culture Bar-Bars (France) // Dansk Live (Denmark) // FEDELIMA (France) // Hanzas Perons (Latvia) // KeepOn Live (Italy) // Kultura Live (Basque Country) // LiveFIN (Finland) // LiveKomm (Germany) // Live ME (Estonia) // LOFTAS (Lithuania) // Music Venue Trust (UK) // NKA (Norway) // PETZI (Switzerland) // Salon IKSV (Turkey) // Svensk Live (Sweden) // VNPF (Netherlands)
Live DMA, European non-governmental network working to support and to promote the conditions of the live music sector, coordinates the European edition of Open Club Day since 2018. The network is composed of 20 members in 16 countries representing together more than 3000 live music venues, clubs and festivals. In 2017, the European Commission recognized Live DMA as European network and granted, via the Creative Europe programme, funding to develop Live Style Europe – a project that aims to empower music venues, clubs, festivals, and regional and national live music associations.
Photo credits: Robby Klee – Freeze Frame Pictures // Brigitte Ramseyer // L’Autre Canal