ausland is an independent venue for music, film, literature, performance and other artistic endeavours. We also offer our infrastructure for artists and projects for rehearsals, recordings, and workshops, as well as a number of residencies.
Inaugurated in 2002, ausland is run by a collective of volunteers (= ausländers): Artists themselves and/or culture & DIY-enthusiasts from different backgrounds and countries. Our genre-spanning programme is curated through the individual initiative of ausländers or in cooperation with external partners in the independent arts scene or institutions in Berlin and from abroad.
We have the freedom to host any formats and artists which we deem exciting and interesting without regard to commercial interests or hypes and trends. The program is partly structured by long running series focussing on specific artistic (sub-)genres.
Located in the souterrain of a formerly squatted, currently collectively owned house and rooted in the 1990's squatters subculture of Berlin we do not bridge but are the gap between underground and mainstream, DIY-subculture and the art establishment.
Events at ausland are often realized without a budget, in other words they are made possible through volunteer efforts with the artists receiving only the takings from the door. Some of the events hosted at ausland receive project related funding from various partners for whose support we are grateful.