Photoszene-Festival Cologne

May 22 - 31, 2020


Cancellation of the Photoszene Festival 22 - 31 May 2020

Unfortunately, we have to cancel this year's Photoszene Festival at the end of May 2020 due to the current corona crises, which massively affects our organisation and bears the risk of not being able to run an event even in May. For the first time since 1984 there will be no Photoscene Festival. 

Over the last few days we have been searching around the clock for solutions to postpone, reduce or adapt individual event formats - but in the end it will remain: A festival without visitors, without opening, without artist talks and guided tours is simply no longer a festival! Nevertheless, we will not simply disappear into oblivion, but as you are accustomed to doing, we will report on photography in and from Cologne. Maybe even now more than ever. AND: Our magazine L.Fritz will still be produced. This time with the great topic: Photography & Outer Space. Watch Out!

Photoszene Online
Even if the Photoszene Festival 2020 is unfortunately cancelled, we will promote photography in Cologne through active communication on our online channels such as website, Facebook and Instagram, as well as our newsletter. So if one or the other exhibition should be able to open again in May, we will inform you as usual! We will also expand the Artist Meets Archive section of our website and report on current collaborations. Stay tuned!

The Photoscene Residency Artist Meets Archive #2: The five invited artists* Yasmine Eid-Sabbagh, Joan Fontcuberta, Philipp Goldbach, Anna Orłowska and Rosângela Rennó will make up for their stay in the archives - in the Historical Photo Archive of the Rautenstrauch-Joest Museum, the Central Archive of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Rheinisches Bildarchiv Cologne, the German Dance Archive Cologne, and in the Foundation of the Rhenish-Westphalian Business Archive in Cologne - in autumn 2020. Individual public talks with the artists* are planned.

The Next! Festival of the Young Photoszene, organised by Photoszene Köln in cooperation with the German Children and Youth Film Centre (KJF), should take place in May 2020 for the first time parallel to the Photoszene Festival. Due to the Corona crisis, it is planned to postpone some events until autumn 2020. The Next! Festival of the Young Photoscene is aimed at children and young people. In agreement with the sponsors and partners, the festival will be postponed to May 2021 and will take place in the Charterhouse in the Südstadt of Cologne.

Outlook for the Photoszene Festival 2021
The next Photoszene Festival will take place from 21 - 30 May 2021. Already in preparation are, among other things, the five exhibitions of the Artist Meets Archive-Residency in the special exhibition space at the Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum am Neumarkt, the MAKK - Museum für Angewandte Kunst Cologne and the German Dance Museum, the postponed exhibition "You are here, Part 2", some exhibitions from the 2020 programme and the portfolio review SICHTBAR.

+++ We thank the many great artists and curators in Cologne who prepared wonderful exhibitions for the festival and hope to see them in a strong Photoscene Festival 2021! We thank the many cooperation partners with whom we have worked on the various event formats, especially SK Stiftung Kultur for the inspiring exchange for a mini-museum night. Many thanks to our sponsors, the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Kunststiftung NRW, the Rhein-Energie Stiftung Kultur and of course especially to the City of Cologne, as well as to all our media partners! +++

Save the Date: May 21 - 30, 2021

We thank you for your understanding and keep you up to date. Stay healthy!