On the 12th March, one of Berlin’s clubbing highlights, Renate, announced they would be shutting their doors indefinitely in light of the ongoing global Coronavirus pandemic.
Renate’s indefinite closure arrived as one in a flurry of Berlin-based shutdowns and like many clubs there, Renate now faces a dense period of uncertainty.
The onset of certain financial insecurity is a big one, throwing up far more questions than answers around the future of Renate. With this in mind, Renate have issued a call out for donations to support the club in their imminent fight for survival, via German crowdfunding platform, Start Next.
They provide the following statement:
“The current situation hits us, like you, like a blow. The bans could not be more drastic for us! We, the Renate and Else want to survive despite the official closure! Unfortunately, we currently have no income whilst a lot of our costs continue to run. Fortunately, some things can be reduced a little, but this is not enough. Worst case we would lose our unique crew and this is why we ask for your support. In return we want to offer you very special and personal pieces from the heart of Renate and ELSE.”
Offering a range of gifts in return for monetary support such as draw-string ‘Else’ backpacks, tie dye T-shirts, virtual liquor and bespoke lighters, Renate have extended this fundraising outlet to include a mass of items from the clubs famous interior; one item being the adorned infinity mirror taken from their Gruner Raum.
This method of fundraising is essential to the ongoing fight for their re-opening. Their first goal of €20,000 seeks to cover those operating costs that have not yet been covered.
A second goal of €80,000 has also been set. If reached, this would allow Renate to survive until the end of April, securing the jobs of their beloved employees and in-house crew.
Having taken particular measures to make the best of this somewhat overbearingly bad situation, Renate unveiled an online streaming initiative last week, running a series of live streamed shows from the club that could no longer take place with a large crowd. Bringing the club to their loyal fans whilst also continuing to share the one thing that brings us all together; music.
The closure of venues, has hit cities internationally with Chicago’s Smartbar and New York’s Nowadays both shutting up shop until further notice, alongside UK institutions, FOLD, XOYO, Phonox, Jazz Cafe, Fabric, Village Underground, Printworks in London, Sheffield’s Hopeworks venue and many more all announcing a halt in operation.
All donations and support for Renate can be made via Start Next – here.
Words: Sophie McNulty