This special venue impresses with its profile, which has been formed from its eventful history and the diverse content of its current operations. Since the 1990s, the movers and shakers behind the Kessel- und Maschinenhaus have been among the pioneers of the "Berlin boom" and have set culturally relevant accents in this context - including Popkomm, Fête de la Musique and the Pop-Kultur festival. The team of organizers has successfully transformed the site into a modern venue for music, dance, theater, literature and parties, offering a program beyond short-lived trends. Today, in the rough, industrial-looking buildings of the former brewery built in 1840, state-of-the-art technology, passion and drive are used to create a contrast that has delighted visitors for more than 3 decades.
The Kesselhaus is the venue for festivals, concerts, readings, dance events, theater productions and party series. In addition, the hall serves as an extraordinary backdrop for various TV productions. The musical profile of the former brewery building is broad and ranges from pop and rock concerts (e.g. Billie Eilish, Sophie Hunger, Ginger Baker, Keimzeit, Ibeyi, Westernhagen, The Smashing Pumpkins) to Latin American and Francophone sounds, jazz and blues. Here the Kesselhaus enjoys an international reputation. Annual events, open airs and large-scale events on the grounds of the Kulturbrauerei - such as the "Hippie Haus Tanz" concerts by the 17 Hippies or the "French Night @ Fête de la Musique" as well as the Jazzdor, Synästhesie and Mississippi Blues & BBQ festivals - demonstrate the enormous range of the Kesselhaus. Paul van Dyk regularly plays the hall on his "Vandit Night". Own party formats like the "Move iT! - the 90s Party" have long been cult. The popular party series celebrated its 12th anniversary this year. For large events, the directly connected Maschinenhaus can be used flexibly - a breakthrough also allows direct access to the neighboring Palais.
Concerts, theater productions and readings are all equally important in the adjacent, smaller Maschinenhaus. The technically ultra-modern hall seats 250 guests. Here you can experience grandiose concerts by up-and-coming bands, intimate acoustic concerts by musical greats and insider tips from the international music scene, as well as literary and theater events. The weekly shows of the improvisation theater Paternoster have become an institution. The Maschinenhaus offers an optimal reception service in the basement connected with the checkroom and entrance area. The Kesselhaus and the Maschinenhaus are located directly next to each other, so that a spatial and thematic link can be created for larger events.