Giga-Hertz Festival for Electronic Music and Sound Art 2023
Three filigree intertwined purple elements on black
»Radical Polytronics«
Wed, December 06, 2023 – Sun, December 10, 2023, Festival

Concerts, DJ sets, artist talks and workshops for all ages: For five days in December, you can experience the entire spectrum of contemporary electronic music and sound art. The highlight is the presentation of the Giga-Hertz Award on Saturday evening.

»Radical Polytronics«

At the Giga-Hertz Festival 2023 we celebrate together with composers and musicians the radical power and fascinating diversity of electronic music and sound art. The name of this year's festival understands the ZKM | Karlsruhe as a laboratory for forward-looking experiments, open to the whole variety and range within electronic music.

Program (Times are still subject to change)

Giga-Hertz Award 2023

The »Giga-Hertz Award«, established in 2007 and endowed with 25,000 euros, is dedicated to composition and offered by the ZKM | Karlsruhe and the SWR EXPERIMENTALSTUDIO. A Main Prize is awarded for lifetime achievement of composers (10,000 euros) as well as two Production Awards (5,000 euros each) for new, not yet realized pieces. In 2022, the PopExperimental Advancement Award, endowed with 5,000 euros, was added. The prize supports artists from the field of experimental pop and club music whose pieces combine the more academic electronic music with contemporary trends in popular music. It is donated by the Fördergesellschaft ZKM/HfG e.V. and awarded this year for the first time together with the Popakademie Baden-Württemberg.

The winners 2023

U.S. composer Laurie Spiegel receives this year's Giga-Hertz Award for Lifetime Achievement. The Production Awards go to American composer and performer Lea Bertucci and French-born sound artist Jessica Ekomane. The Finnish-German trio This Machine! receives the PopExperimental Advancement Award.

Honorable mentions / Giga-Hertz Award 2023 Manuel Rocha Iturbide // Nyokabi Kariũki // Piotr Kurek 

Honorable mentions / PopExperimental Advancement Award bela // Sophia Mitiku // Rashaad Newsome

To the Jury Statements

Giga-Hertz Main Award
Production Award
Production Award
PopExperimental Advancement Award

Honorary Mentions / Giga-Hertz Award 2023

Honorary Mentions / PopExperimental Advancement Award 2023


Giga-Hertz Award
George Lewis (Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music & Area Chair of Composition at Columbia University)
Małgorzata Plysa (Co-Director & Curator, Unsound & Ephemera Festival)
Diana Ferreira (Director & Curator, Arte no Tempo Portugal)

​​Hans Nieswandt (DJ, Music Producer, Author & Artistic Director Institute for Pop-Music 2014–19, Folkwang University of the Arts)
Pamela Owusu-Brenyah (Music Consultant, Program Curator Pop-Kultur & Afro x Pop)
Jovanka von Wilsdorf (Songwriter BMG Rights Management, Creative Consultant, Initiator DIANA AI Song Contest & Female*Producer Price)

Organisation / Institution
ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe

Cooperation partners