Opening Party & Ceremony

We proudly invite you to join us for the official Avant Première Opening, which consists of the spectacular Opening Party on Saturday evening and the official Opening Ceremony on Sunday!


The exclusive Avant Première Industry Gathering will take place at Berlin's most renowned music and TV event, the 'Berlin Live' club concert by ARTE Concert, and will be Avant Première 2017's official kick-off!

Participants are invited to mingle with a creative and professional party crowd in music and TV production and enjoy two international top music stars live at the atmospheric Berlin-style venue SchwuZ at Neukölln, to which ARTE Concert regularly invites international artists for exclusive concerts.

18:00 Entry
19:00 Maximo Park Live (Please be there by 18:30)
20:30 Avant Première Industry Gathering
21:00 Mando Diao Live (Please be there by 20:30)
22:00 ARTE Berlinale Party

Please note!

The guest list for the Opening Party is closed. We request already registered participants to be at the location 30 minutes before the concert starts. Also please let us know which of the concerts you wish to attend or if you will only be coming to the party, by sending a short email to ticket(at)!

Saturday 11 Feb 201719:00SchwuZ
Rollbergstraße 26, 12053 Berlin, Germany
The Avant Première 2017 OPENING PARTY


Avant Première 2017 welcomes you to the official Opening with the Japan Broadcasting Corporation, NHK and choreographer Jeroen Verbruggen, on Sunday 12 February 2017. The afternoon and evening mark the start of the 2017-edition and the beginning of another eventful year for the IMZ and its members!
16:45 – 17:15
Welcome drinks and address by IMZ President Arild Erikstad
17:15 – 18:00
Receive an overview of Avant Première 2017:
Address by IMZ Directors Katharina Jeschke & Ruth Pfletschinger

Experience the first presentation of NHK-productions in 8K:
Address and programme presentation by Yukinori KIDA, Executive Director, Chief of Broadcasting, NHK

18:00 – 19:30
In the presence of choreographer Jeroen Verbruggen:
Special Screening 'Ravel by Cherkaoui & Verbruggen' presented by EuroArts Music International

The Avant Première 2017 OPENING CEREMONY
Sunday 12 Feb 201717:15 - 18:00Scandic Hotel Potsdamer Platz,
Screening Hall

Register for Avant Première 2017 and send a short email to office(at) to be part of our official opening events on Saturday 11 Feb 2017 and Sunday 12 Feb 2017!


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