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Rainer Kern

Representative of the Lord mayor, Director UNESCO,
City of Music Mannheim
Mannheim, Gemany
Rainer Kern was born in Mannheim and grew up there. He has studied chemistry in Karlsruhe and Heidelberg and changed over – after his diploma degree in chemistry – to the culture field. As a freelance cultural manager, curator and producer he managed several projects in Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen. He was the founder of the Mannheim based literature festival “lesen.hören” (“reading.listening”). He was also the founder and now still is the festival director and artistic director of the biggest german jazz festival “Enjoy Jazz – International Festival for Jazz and More”, which is held every autumn for seven weeks in the cities Mannheim, Heidelberg and Ludwigshafen (check www.enjoyjazz.de).

Furthermore he was the managing and artistic director of the one year celebration of the 400th birthday of the city of Mannheim in 2007. As the representative of the lord mayor of Mannheim he was responsible for the UNESCO City of Music application of the city and is now – after the designation in December 2014 - director of this project. He was responsible for the drafting of a cultural development plan for the city of Mannheim.

Together with Charles Landry he is founder and co-curator of the conference “At the boundaries of Sound”, which was held first in October 2014 in Mannheim and is now planned for other cities worldwide (e. g. Bogotá in Columbia, Hamamatsu in Japan, Kingston in Jamaica).

At present he is curating a series of concerts under the headline “Bridging the World” within the 150th birthday of BASF (chemistry company) – for the season 2015/2016.

In 2014 he developed the course of studies (degree programme) “culture management” for SRH University, Heidelberg, which started autumn 2015.

Despite that he is head of the board and artistic advisor of the cultural center “Karlstorbahnhof” in Heidelberg.

Currently he is head of the Habitat III process participation for the city of Mannheim towards the “New Urban Agenda” of the Unitd Nation and representing the city during the process at UN and UN-Habitat.