Pongress Berlin 2010

Fiesta in Berlin
Fiesta in Berlin

the first international congress of pinpong party people

Pongress Berlin 2010  brings groups from Manchester, Paris, Newcastle, Washington DC, London, and (hopefully) Stockholm to Berlin, where a local contingency will host the event. Their mission is to celebrate the art of Music, Drinking & Table Tennis.

Location: Projektraum at Atelierhof Kreuzberg, Schleiermacher Str. 31-37.

Pongress Berlin 2010 presents five days and nights of international ping pong culture, including:

(1) Exhibition

Nightly 16:00-20:00. Vernissage: Wednesday, 27th October, 18:00……comidas from Taco Kween so come hungry!

An exhibition of installation, video and interactive art by Pongress participants, plus documentary material describing the wild trajectory of ping pong partying since the mid ’90s. Included will be control6, the 3-D table tennis tunnel.

(2) Public symposium

Sunday, October 31st 15:00-17:00

All Pongress participants will discuss the theory and practice of the Ping Pong Party.

(3) Five nights of Beautiful Rundlauf

Schedule: please see nightly program information below.

Concentric table tennis aka: Chinesisch, Round the World, Mexi, Americk or Rundpingis. Each night, Pongress Berlin 2010 will give you a different flavour of how the world plays ping pong. Each bar has given the sport its own special twist: come explore the transnational panoply of Ping Pong Partying.

Wednesday, 27th October, 22:00:
Comet Ping Pong – Washington DC, USA + Dr. Pong – Berlin

A haven for contemporary art and great gigs, Comet Ping Pong headlines with their music and visuals. Kid Congo Powers (of the Bad Seeds and The Cramps) DJs whilst we celebrate the roots of DC ping pong.

Local organizer Dr. Pong warms things up during the vernissage party with the help of Your Body + DJ Sweat playing crunk house classics.

Thursday, 28th October, 22:00:
Ping Pong Club – Manchester, UK

The artist collective Ping Pong Club brings you the best music and visuals from the North West. Choons that rule from: Mark (Up the Racket, Manchester) + Eski (Gonzo, Leeds).

Friday, 29th October, 18:00:
Ping Pong – Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK + Dienstagstischtennis – Berlin

Where it all started: Dienstagstischtennis kick off early with psych rock from Skate or Die + HNS (Audiomassive) and Yoru (Capital Steppaz).

From 23:00 Ping Pong Newcastle reinvents Rundlauf: Two-lives round the table and medals for the winners, topped off with disclectrofunk you never knew you loved. Sexy, sexy ping pong.
facebook: ping pong cumberland arms

Saturday, 30th October, 22:00:
The Young Offenders Institute – London, UK

The YOI bring you Killer King Pong. 12 competitors per round. 1 Euro on the table each. Three lives. Winner takes all. One for the ping pong masters.
Juan Chic, Ralph E-Lo and Rockwell Condensor bring afrobeat, old school hip hop and disco funk.

Sunday, 31st October, 20:00:
Ping Pong Country – Berlin

A very special closing ceremony by legendary pioneers of the Berlin ping pong party scene. Ping Pong COUNTRY= Table Tennis + Alcohol + Dosey Doe.

TEXT: pongressberlin.org

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