Berlin is declaring its clubs to be “cultural institutions” – sensible or just a sign of the dry German sense of humour?

Much is made by the dance music press here in Britain who think that nightclubs and such are treated badly by the authorities. It’s something you’ll find them going on about whenever a journalist has a deadline to reach and not a lot of time to do it.

It typically goes like this. They go on about how much more generous they are abroad, whilst doing their utmost to make it sound like British clubs run under rules so draconian that even Kim Jong-Un would wince with embarrassment.

One idea they especially gravitate towards is Germany making Berghain a “cultural institution”. Indeed, a vote took place in Berlin recently as to whether the designate all clubs in the city as such.

Quite why a club which is best known for telling people they can’t come in was designated a “cultural institution” in the first place. I suspected it was just an example of the infamously dry German sense of humour.

It turns out not. It’s for tax reasons