Culture is an essential factor in the development of a neighbourhood; social and societal development is profoundly effected by what happens in any given area. Culture also depends on resources and a workforce. And people without a job need meaningful activities. Both of these were combined in 1995 as the starting point for creating a network of cultural activity for Neukölln.
Through democratic and equitable co-operation, it became possible for public institutions, private organisations, and other sorts of groups and initiatives to work together in a manner that is unique in the German cultural landscape. Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln thrives, thanks to a complex array of synergies, with what has to grown presently encompass 59 members organisations, attaining more than 20 years of experience in cultural grassroots work on a district level work within neighbourhoods. Many of the member organisations, such as the Werkstatt der Kulturen, the Neukölln Oper and Heimathafen Neukölln are well known far beyond the city.
The best example of this is 48 STUNDEN NEUKÖLLN, a festival of the arts, which was awarded the Kulturpolitischen Gesellschaft's Kulturpreis in 2008; then, in 2009, the Kulturmarken Award gave the festival it their Trendmarke and, in 2015, the EFFE Label (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) gave the event the sttus of “Europe’s finest festivals” as a prime example of committed, networking co-operation. Ever since the first festival took place in 1999, more than 1000 artists and other cultural workers have participated in one weekend in June, a sort of concentrated overview of goings-on within the creative community in Neukölln, presented to more and more visitors.
Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln has, since 2009, had the status of a recognised a local charitable organisation, entitled to train young people: it has been increasingly active, over the years, in the field of cultural education. From 2011 on, the organisation has been co-operating with Neukölln's youth arts centre, Young Arts Neukölln.
Another partner is Berlin Mondiale, which is active all over the city and has been, since it was established in 2014, an initiative of the Rat für die Künste (council for the arts) and the Fluchtlingsrat (refugees' council) Berlin with the goal of creating permanent partnerships between cultural institutions in Berlin and refugee housing to reach that segment of the population.