Florence To Noqturnal installation
Somerset House Studios

Nocturnal City

Sat 11 Mar, Sat 01 Jul & Sat 11 Nov 2017
Full day pass £10.00, Evening £8.00 + booking fee

Full pass (panels, demos, installations and party) £10.00 + booking fee valid from 17.00-00.30

Evening ticket (music performances only) £8.00 + booking fee valid from 20.00 to 00.30 

River Rooms & Lancaster Room
New Wing

What is the state of London night club culture and what are the views on the near future?

New for 2017, Nocturnal City is a series of events exploring the state of London’s nightlife and its influence in pushing the boundaries of culture.

Curated by Studio resident Estela Oliva in collaboration with Somerset House Studios, the first edition will interrogate the interplay between London and Berlin nightlife with an evening of installations, panel talks and performances.  The line-up features DJs, artists and professionals from both cities, including London Night Czar Amy Lamé, musicians Laurel Halo and Beatrice Dillon and artists Lawrence Lek and LaTurbo Avedon.

Beatrice Dillon, Photo: Anne Tetzlaff
Laurel Halo

Berlin’s Berghain nightclub recently received the same tax status as the city’s concert halls in recognition of its contribution to culture. Yet in London, nearly half of its nightclubs have closed in the last ten years. With rents spiralling in the capital, more and more London artists and DJs are decamping to Berlin each year, contributing to an ever more international and vibrant cultural landscape.

A series of conversations includes recently-appointed London Night Tsar Amy Lamé in discussion with the Clubcommission Berlin, the industry association for Berlin clubs, to share ideas on the development and safe guarding of club culture. Berlin Community Radio will participate on the rise of independent online platforms and their roles in distilling new forms of music and culture emerging from the cities into a global audience. 

VIP Room, Club Rothko, LaTurbo Avedon

The evening continues with a series of DJ performances including a special dance set by Berlin-based electronic artist Laurel Halo, alongside London producer, musician and NTS DJ Beatrice Dillon.  Throughout the event, audiences can take a virtual reality tour of LaTurbo Avedon’s virtual nightclub Club Rothko and enjoy Lawrence Lek’s Berlin Mirror, which presents a simulation of a Berlin institution and its fictional exhibition in 2042.

Image credit: Florence To, NOQTURNL at 4DSOUND Institute, Budapest

Supported by the Goethe-Institut London

Goethe-Institut London