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Prof. Hubert Wandjo, Minister-President Winfried Kretschmann and Prof. Udo Dahmen

Kretschmann: "The Popakademie is good for Baden-Wuerttemberg"

24. July 2018

15 years Popakademie Baden-Württemberg in Mannheim - reason enough to celebrate. On Friday, 20 July, the two managing directors, Prof. Hubert Wandjo and Prof. Udo Dahmen, invited to a festive reception at the Popakademie.

Among the guests was Baden-Württemberg's Minister President Winfried Kretschmann, who gave the ceremonial address and emphasised: "There is absolutely no question that the Popakademie is good for the state". He also described the Mannheim university institution as a beacon institution for the state.

Petra Olschowski, State Secretary in the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts, and Dr. Peter Kurz, Lord Mayor of Mannheim, also visited the Popakademie at the anniversary reception and conveyed their congratulations. The music industry was represented by Dr. Florian Drücke, Chairman of the Board of the German Music Industry Association.

Following the reception in the Popakademie building, the public anniversary concert took place in the Alte Feuerwache in Mannheim. Successful graduates and current artists of the Popakademie, such as Get Well Soon, Mine and Alina, performed on stage. Further highlights were the performances of the Schlaugzeugmafia, Vincent Hall and Fibel.

On the occasion of the 15th anniversary, the book "Best of 15 - 15 Years Popakademie" was published together with the publishing house Schott Music, including a vinyl scarf record. This combination package is exclusively available for a nominal fee on the website of the Schott publishing house .