48 Stunden Neukölln is a forum for artistic projects in the many disciplines practiced in the art scene in Berlin. The festival presents and supports art that contributes to discourse about current events and ideas. It brings different societal groups together regardless of age or ethnic background. During those 48 hours, art shows itself to be something beyond merely what is presented in galleries and museums: art brings people together, while also confronting them and facilitating communication. Facilitating discourse, participation and interdisciplinary activity are important aspects of the event. Another priority is given to focussing on art – including the circumstances of producing art and the societal functions it can fulfil. A range of kinds of artistic expression express how diversely the festival brings contemporary and political aspects of art together.
Since it was established in 1999, 48 Stunden Neukölln has become an important institution in the city, becoming Berlin's largest festival of the arts. While the event is on, Neukölln is transformed, for 48 hours, and artistic experimentation occurs. Art projects are realised in the district for the district, inspired by the reality of life in Neukölln, the diversity to found therein and demographics unlike other parts of Berlin.
In 2008, the festival was awarded the Kulturpreis der Kulturpolitischen Gesellschaft e.V. Then, in 2009, causales, media agency, honoured the festival with their Trendmarke 2009 title. A few years later, in 2015, the festival received the EFFE Label (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) of one of Europe’s finest festivals.
Heads of the festival: Dr. Martin Steffens and Thorsten Schlenger