07 - 10 JUNE 2023 +++

Britney X

Britney X returns to Stadtgarten Köln - Schauspiel Köln goes Westside

In 2023, the BRITNEY X Festival will take place for the second time in Cologne's urban space and this year's content will revolve around questions on the topic of »relationships« : How do we want to live, speak and work together? How can we love each other? Who is »we« anyway? And what is the relationship to myself, my body, identity and sexuality?

The full programme will be published at the start of pre-ticket sales on 05 April 2023.
Awareness information
You have the right of having a happy, safe participation at the BRITNEY X Festival without harassment or borderline violations. If you feel uncomfortable or need support, our awareness team is there for you. Our work is needs-oriented and discreet. You will recognise us by our purple waistcoats. Alternatively, all festival staff can accompany you to the awareness team. Or you can call us: You can reach Isabelle, the awareness coordinator, via 0162 - 2812859.

Information on barrier-free access
The entrance area of the Depot is accessible for wheelchair users. Access to the auditorium in Depot 1 is at ground level. There are six wheelchair spaces available in Depot 1. Further information on discounts, toilet use and parking can be found here.

In the Stadtgarten, the concert hall, the café-restaurant and the adjoining toilets, as well as the »Greenrrom« are wheelchair accessible and barrier-free. Please use the restaurant entrance via Spichernstraße. The »JAKI - Klub im Stadtgarten« can only be reached via stairs and is therefore unfortunately not barrier-free. Further information on accessibility in the Stadtgarten can be found here.

All events are included in the ticket price, but due to limited space at some events, we ask you, however, to register in advance. You can already register online or during the festival at our welcome box.
weekend pass
08 - 10 JUNE 2023
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09 JUNE 2023
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Wed 07 JUNE • Schauspiel Köln

by the Shapes & Shades collective and Tanz Köln
Ballroom • Depot 1

A cooperation with the Shapes & Shades Collective and Tanz Köln.
To kick off the festival, Tanz Köln, in cooperation with the SHAPES & SHADES collective from Düsseldorf, is hosting a ballroom at Depot 1. Look forward to an explosion of dance arts at Schauspiel Köln in Mülheim!
19.30 - 23.00 P.M.
BRITNEY X Opening Party
Party • Offenbach am CARLsGARTEN
We carry the euphoric energy of the ball into the night, because »Don't Stop the Party« is the motto when
Gîn Bali spins. Let's dance!
23.00 - open End

Thur 08 JUNE • Stadtgarten

by & with Elle Fierce
Workshop • Concert Hall
Elle Fierce connects you to your emotional body in this workshop. Together, you will explore rooted emotions that your body translates into movement.
15.00 - 16.00 P.M.
by & with Mie Neko und Mhora
Workshop • Jaki Klub
Mie Neko introduces you to the Japanese art of bondage »Shibari«: Feel the aesthetic beauty of the ropes as well as the physical-emotional connection between the two partners involved.
15.00 - 17.30 P.M.
by & with Sarah Carbow & Anouchka Strunden from »Die Stadtführer*in«
Workshop • Green Room and city
The Stadtführer*in will take a queer feminist look at Cologne and ask questions about visibility(s), safety(s) and bodies of queer people in urban space.
15.00 - 17.30 P.M.
by vT corp. • With Hannah Müller & Max Gadow
Theatre • Concert Hall
In this performance, the vT corp. duo questions forms of life and love in the heteronormative mainstream and reflects on the power of gender identities.
18.00 - 19.20 P.M.
by Michael Königstein • with Justus Maier & Kristin Steffen
Theatre • Jaki Klub
Two people at the bar - over drinks and dim light they ask themselves the big questions of the time: What does it mean to love and be loved, what is the tension between devotion and control?
19.30 - 21.10 P.M.
With Sara Grzybek from »QUEERMED Deutschland«
Panel • Green Room

A cooperation with the MISSY MAGAZIN.
Sara Grzybek introduces QUEERMED DEUTSCHLAND and talks about the search for queer-friendly and sensitised practices before Sara opens up to talk to the audience.
19.30 - 20.30 P.M.
by Richard Siegal / Ballet of Difference • With Margarida Neto, Nicolás Martínez & Njamy Sitson
Dance • Christuskirche
In this performance, the dancers' movements combine into a polyrhythmic interplay as a reflection on community and difference. Find a common groove with us!
21.00 - 21.20 P.M.
by & with Gerard X Reyes
Dance • Concert Hall
In this immersive dance solo by and with Gerard X Reyes, the performer seduces his audience to remixes of pop icon Janet Jackson and combines them with elements of voguing, bondage, striptease and drag.
22.30 - 23.30 P.M.
dark synthpop meets steamy off-world romance
Concert • Jaki Klub
LUCIA LIP's music combines the world of danceable electronic music with her own carefully composed melodies. Raw vulnerability meets a sense of urgency.
23.00 - 00.00 P.M.

FRI 09 JUNE • Stadtgarten

by & with Leni Wolf & DJ Diskoheinz
Workshop • Concert Hall
Put on your dancing shoes! Das Team Rave Aerobic & DJ Diskoheinz wollen sich mit euch zurück in die Zukunft beamen und den Moment feiern. Sexy, sweaty self-confidence verschmilzt mit body language on the dancefloor.
15.00 - 16.00 P.M.
by & with Gerard X Reyes
Workshop • Jaki Klub
After his performance THE PRINCIPLE OF PLEASURE, Gerard X Reyes explores the dance forms of voguing and striptease together with you - technically, artistically, creatively.
15.00 - 16.00 P.M.
By & with allapopp
Workshop • Lounge
In this Instagram filter workshop for beginners, allapopp introduces political, aesthetic and technical issues of Instagram filters to you.
15.00 - 18.00 P.M.
by Gustavo Gomes • with Anna Süheyla Harms
Dance • Concert Hall
Inspired by chemical processes in the brain, APOPHENIA III tries to make visible in body language and actions what constitutes the human need for relationships.
17.00 - 17.20 P.M.
by & with Julius Ferdinand Brauer
Theatre • Jaki Klub
Performer Julius Ferdinand Brauer goes in search of love within his own four walls. Using his body as an instrument, he ventures into a rhythmic experiment - between machine-machine and human-machine.
18.30 - 19.30 P.M.
with The Only Naomy
Quiz • Green Room

A cooperation with the EXILE.
The famous Quiz Night from the bar EXILE comes to BRITNEY X! You can expect a colourful mix of questions for all senses: from general knowledge to pop culture to queer history, your knowledge will be put to the test.
18.30 - 19.30 P.M.
by Fritz Kater • with Rebecca Lindauer
Theatre • Concert Hall
A monologue about cannonballs, lies, Zalando second jobs, leading roles and the fear of not being good. Or not good enough. Or not as good as the others.
19.00 - 19.30 P.M.
Genre breaker with emotional soul voice
Concert • Concert Hall
Cage has been considered an insider tip of the Cologne music scene for some time now.
She recalls the emotional soul voices of the last century, while she and her music point to the future.
19.30 - 20.30 P.M.
by Caspar-Maria Russo • Direction: Nicolai Six
Theatre • Jaki Klub
Author Caspar-Maria Russo takes a sarcastic look at the family plexuses of our time: wounded vanities
and an exaggerated desire for harmony. Where is this supposed to lead?
20.30 - 21.20 P.M.
with Lynn Takeo Musiol & Eva Tepest from the Dyke Dogs Salon
Panel • Green Room

A cooperation with the lit.COLOGNE.
In »Lesbian Peoples: Material for a Dictionary«, Monique Wittig and Sande Zeig designed an alternative lesbian reality in the 70s. At BRITNEY X, the Dyke Dogs Salon talks about their own utopian reference work.
20.30 - 21.30 P.M.
by Aria Viderci • with Aria Viderci, Ophelia Amok & Gravitea
Performance • Concert Hall

A cooperation with the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus and »Drag Star NRW 2023«
Crowned in the D'haus, Aria Viderci, winner of the »Drag Star NRW 2023«, creates an exclusive drag show and captivates with Ophelia Amok and Gravitea with charm and charisma - sometimes elegant, sometimes acrobatic, always sexy and with lots of comedy.
21.30 - 22.30 P.M.
by & with Ryder Dyke, Daddy Dyke, Dean Flicker, Connor Lingus & Turner Dyke
Performance • Jaki Klub
Five hot Dyke*s will take to the stage and grind, thrust and make your hearts and knickers throb with butchness against the heteronormative standards.
22.30 - 23.30 P.M.

SAT 10 JUNE • Stadtgarten

by & with Ryder Dyke and Daddy Dyke
Workshop • Concert Hall
Learn the basics of the sensual movements of »Queer Masc« in this lap dance workshop and feel all the butch euphoria and sexiness you deserve.
15.00 - 16.00 P.M.
with Eva Tepest and Lynn Takeo Musiol
Workshop • Jaki Klub
Explores lesbian-feminist writing and storytelling anew in the interlocking of experience and theory! Here, traditional certainties about writing are sabotaged.
musical triangle between horse & cock
Concert • Green Room
The queer indie pop-rock band Horsecocks has been touring Cologne's stages since 2021. They move in a musical triangle between pop, country and psychedelic.
16.30 - 17.00 P.M.
with Dornika Kazerani aka Many Faced Godx
Panel • Concert Hall
Invitation to a talk with the community: What motivates artists to adopt drag personas? What statements do they want to send? And what obstacles are put in their way?
17.30 - 18.30 P.M.
with Pam Pengco
Bingo • Green Room

A cooperation with the EXILE.
Known from the Exile, Pam Pengco presents her more or less solvable #bitchyquestions, now and then a legendary #bitchycatwalk or the angelic #schnapsaoke. Sharpen your pencils and get ready to bingo!
18.30 - 19.30 P.M.
by & with Fräulein V, Herr Mond, Jen Da Faque, Liberty Lestrange, Miss Galaxia and Moana Parks
Performance • Concert Hall
For this year's BRITNEY X, the House of Blænk brings you the wide range of drag art with colourful outfits and their own choreos on stage.
19.30 - 20.30 P.M.
Performance • Christuskirche
TEMPLE OF TEMPTATION celebrates new rituals of coming together and imagines radical future forms of gender, sexuality and care.
21.00 - 22.30 P.M.
with Pam Pengco & Laila Licious
Workshop • Green Room

Wig, tape and fashion - look forward to an exclusive workshop with drag artists from the region and discover the queen/ king in you!
21.00 - 22.30 P.M.
grinning rebel with a huge voice
Concert • Concert Hall

A cooperation with the c/o pop Festival.

For sexual self-determination, against homophobia, against body-shaming: the rapper with the huge voice Finna is a power woman who stands out through softness and honesty and plays her way into your hearts.
22.30 - 23.30 P.M.
kill*joy meets BRITNEY X Closing Party
Party • Stadtgarten all areas

The kill*joy collective invites you to an intergalactic night and makes the utopia of an exuberant party come true for everyone. On two floors, extraterrestrial performances and music between hits and techno await you at the brilliant festival closing in the Stadtgarten.
23.30 - open End

Further Highlights at the Festival

by Jessyca R. Hauser
Soundinstallation • Box
Jessyca R. Hauser combines passages from the artist's texts with field recordings, soundscapes and sampled pop songs to create an emotional landscape in which inside and outside are blurring!
08 - 10 June
respectively 15.00 - 23.00 P.M.
the right hits for the festival
Musik • Box
Look forward to lots of good music - fitting to the buzzing festival spirit.
08 - 10 June
respectively 15.00 - 23.00 P.M.
by Vanessa A. Opoku and Philisha Kay

VR Installation • Lounge
Vanessa A. Opoku and Philisha Kay explore the possibilities of escaping into virtual realities in this installation, inviting you to enter a state of relaxation by detaching from your physical body.
08 - 10 June
respectively 15.00 - 23.00 Uhr
the hustle and bustle around the festival

market • outside all areas
Drinks, good food, the feminist concept store Le Pop Lingerie from Ehrenfeld, necklace workshops and much more await you.
08 - 10 June
respectively 15.00 - 23.00 Uhr
cooperation partners
Anna Boldt • Hanna Koller • Sarah Lorenz • Lena Röder • Arthur Soltan
Galina Schröder • Ana Lukenda • Helena Bödiger • Lucie Hedderich • Dorothee Mümmler •
Lilli Riesenbeck • Graziamaria Rizzuto

The festival was founded in 2017 by former assistant directors Pınar Karabulut, Charlotte Sprenger, Matthias Köhler and Andrea Imler.