Bjørn Schaeffner

Journalist , SRF, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Tages-Anzeiger, Groove, Resident Advisor , ClubCultureCH



Bjørn Schaeffner is one of the heads behind the project ClubCultureCH that aims to document the history of Swiss club culture and nightlife. He has co-directed the documentary «Revolution Dancefloor» about the history of Swiss club culture (2022) for Swiss national television SRF. As a culture journalist, Schaeffner has worked for mainstream media like Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Tages-Anzeiger, Republik, Die Wochenzeitung or international scene publications such as Resident Advisor, FACT Mag, RBMA, Groove, de:bug or Das Filter.

A brief history of Swiss club culture

Club culture as a mass phenomenon is a mirror of the Swiss public and closely interwoven with the history of our country - in social, economic, technological and musical terms. This presentation will look into the history of Swiss club culture and try to answer some of these questions: How did it come about that "parties" became the
most frequented cultural sector? How did club culture become an economic factor, a "courant normal", an integral part of society, and increasingly also a political issue? In which ways is Swiss club culture developping in times of eventisation, diversification and digitisation?


Lecture & Discussion
14.00 - 15.30