On Monday May 16th, join the conversation at the Mmmmaven Recharge Lounge, with Mark Van Bergen, author of Dutch Dance on the history and international origins of electronic dance music in party culture both in America and the Netherlands (1970-present).
Mark van Bergen (1975, The Netherlands) is one of the major connaisseurs of dance music and culture in this small but scene dominating country.
What started with dj-ing and dropping parties at the time house music entered nightlife (at the same time he did), is now a full specialism.
As a journalist, Mark has been writing about dance music and party culture since 2000
(newspapers, magazines and now for his own founded blog Our House). He interviewed most of the key players in the scene and visited dozens of major events – mainstream and underground. In 2013 he released his first book: ‘Dutch Dance’, about 25 years of the infamous scene in his country.
This first overview story of dance music/culture in The Netherlands was rewarded with the Pop Media Prize, the most important award for music journalism in Holland. Since 2014, Mark is also a lecturer on Dance Industry at Academy for Creative Industries in his hometown Tilburg. He runs the Dutch Dance Industry Lab, in which all dance related activities of this high quality, internationally focussed academy are collected.
For the week of Together 2016 festival we invite you to visit the Mmmmaven Recharge Lounge. It will open Monday, May 16th through the 22nd as your place to meet festival-goers and the Together team, listen to local DJs, power up, relax, and hydrate before the evening’s festivities. Don’t miss hands-on interactive workshops with leading music technology brands, like Novation, Ableton, and Denon more. Check out full schedule here.