For the love of
contemporary music.

For the joy of
new encounters.

Sometimes all you need is a little bit of curiosity. A vision. And courage. The organizers of the realtime – international festival for new music are all passionate about contemporary music. The aim is now to share that passion with you.


The organizers:
REALTIME - Forum Neue Musik

The Bremen association realtime – forum of new music has been working since 2012 to promote contemporary music in all its many facets and forms. Whether concerts, intercultural projects or audiovisual performances, we would like to encourage your curiosity and invite you to experience contemporary music.

The realtime – international festival for new music is an event that combines all these formats with a variety of diverse ideas to provide a stage for both established artists and upcoming talents. The idea for the festival came from none other than the distinguished concert pianist Claudia J. Birkholz, who is also the festival’s artistic director. She has been lecturing in contemporary music at the University of the Arts Bremen for 25 years and is president of realtime – forum of new music. She has performed worldwide at numerous festivals for contemporary music and has founded the youth ensemble Smusic21 among many other activities. In constant collaboration with artists in the hanseatic city, she is looking for opportunities to present less-known music to the public.

The festival is just the next logical step in this process. The idea is to give people who are not yet familiar with contemporary music, or who dislike at least what they think they know, the opportunity to learn more about this genre. And, of course, to give those who already love contemporary classical music the best four days of their lives.