• Q 3 A M B I E N T F E S T

    a three-day boutique music festival
    every year in April
    at Fabrik Potsdam

Q 3 A M B I E N T F E S T • 2 0 2 0

3, 4 & 5 APRIL 2020

EDITION 2019

ORIEL QUARTETT
CLEMENS C. PÖTZCH
AVA
LAVALU
SIMON GOFF
AIDAN BAKER
F.S. BLUMM & MARC MARCOVIC
SOMA
SNOWDROPS
POPPY ACKROYD
CEEYS
KINBRAE
CHIKISS
PIANOFIELD
SERGIO DÍAZ DE ROJAS
JAKOB LINDHAGEN & VARGKVINT
SIMEON WALKER
DIANE BARBÉ
TOBIAS LICHTMANN

EDITION 2018

MARINA BARANOVA
ED CARLSEN
ILLUMININE
TAKESHI NISHIMOTO
CARLOS CIPA
TOBIAS LICHTMANN
KINBRAE
CHRISTOPH BERG
LISA MORGENSTERN
ANDREA BELFI
CEEYS
DIRK MARKHAM
PADDY MULCAHY
ENZO CATERINA
MARCO CARICOLA
KELLY WYSE
HANIA RANI
JAKOB LINDHAGEN & VARGKVINT
MASAYOSHI FUJITA
DIANE BARBÉ

OLIVER HÖLCKE

EDITION 2017

DANIEL POPOV
ANNE MÜLLER
STEFANO GUZZETTI
KINBRAE
JOHN METCALFE
MARTYN HEYNE
SOPHIE HUTCHINGS
MIDORI HIRANO
JEREMY YOUNG & SHINYA SUGIMOTO
CEEYS

A B O U T

Q3AMBIENTFEST is a three-day happening for neoclassical and experimental music, featuring established and emerging artists from diverse genres and origins. The handpicked roster of talent for this year’s festival, founded and carefully curated by brothers Sebastian and Daniel Selke, the award-winning Potsdam-based cello-piano duo CEEYS, invites open-minded music lovers to discover today’s contemporary composers and performers.

From avant-garde to pop, Q3A holds a mirror to the eclectic architecture of Potsdam, from neo-classical palaces to prefabricated “Plattenbauten” (panelhouses). These Communist-era buildings gave Q3A its name, which is an abbreviation for “Querwandbau” (cross-wall construction).

Founded in 2017 by Daniel & Sebastian Selke, Q3A has hosted 53 artists from 17 different countries, and takes place at Fabrik Potsdam, near the world-famous film town Babelsberg, less than an hour away from Berlin.

Q3A is organised at Fabrik Potsdam from 3-5 April 2020 in partnership with Dutch music initiative Fluister, piano & coffee co., Traurig und Untanzbar, Klavins Piano Manufaktúra Kft., SOMA Laboratory, 30CC and Brudenell Piano Sessions. It also joins Piano Day, an annual worldwide event and platform for piano related projects founded by a group of likeminded people around pianist and composer Nils Frahm, that takes place on the 88th day of the year because of the number of keys on the instrument being celebrated.

View the picture galleries and trailers for previous editions: 2019, 2018, 2017.

From avant-garde to pop, Q3A is a mirror to the eclectic architecture of Potsdam, from neo-classical palaces to prefabricated ‘Plattenbauten’ (slab buildings). These Communist-era buildings gave its name to Q3A, which is an abbreviation for ‘Querwandbau‘ (cross-wall construction). Q3A seeks to explore the cultural and musical impact of East German heritage, a theme which has been fundamental to the creative concept behind CEEYS’ album and photography project Waende.

The photographs featured on this website were taken by Diane Barbé, exploring the visual and cultural influence of East German architecture. Images feature the unique superimpositions of neoclassical and socialist architecture in Potsdam, and hint as well to its international dimension with photographs taken on Zanzibar island, off the coast of Tanzania, where DDR teams of engineers were sent in the 1960s to experiment building ‘Plattenbauten’ in tropical contexts.

Curation and programmation by

Daniel & Sebastian Selke