It’s not very often that you hear of a government actively supporting dance music, in fact it’s normally the complete opposite.
However, German politicians are currently fronting a new €1 million campaign to help keep Berlin’s nightclubs from the threat of property developers.
Mayor Klaus Wowereit, of the Social Democrats, plans to set up a ‘Music Board’ to protect Berlin’s thriving clubbing districts from increasing gentrification, which has seen established clubs forced to close down or relocate.
The Music Board, which would be supported by a €1 million grant, aims to safeguard the cities nightlife which brings in huge numbers of tourists to the German capital each year.
In recent months a number of clubs have been bought up and redeveloped into homes or apartment blocks, with a further 15 under threat according to German news magazine, Spielgel.
Speaking to the Guardian, Christian Goiny of the Christian Democratic Party said: "Clubs move around the city now and then, but what's new is that practically entire city districts are being cleared out."