There was a fire at Hamburg venue Golden Pudel this weekend. The club, a favourite in the city, was opened at the time, with around 150 people inside. Luckily, every person could escape the venue in time, leaving none injured.
Groove has reported that local authorities are treating the fire as arson, although no specifics have been released as to what makes them presume that the fire was not the result of natural circumstances.
It has been no secret that the Golden Pudel’s future was uncertain, with a dispute between the building’s two owners resulting in the venue initially going up for auction in April this year. The minimum price for the club was set at 250.000 euros, much less than the estimated market value of over 500.000 euros (source: DJmag). The club had made a statement about its future earlier this month:
For us, the value of a piece of property is not defined by the market, but by the way it is used culturally. Our social idea for this little shack by the harbour is one of openness—the Pudel wants to be a counterpart to the cultural establishment by offering musical visions and political fantasy—unfazed by profit-oriented thinking and the norms of society. The creation of financial value for third parties via a forced auction does not fit into our world. The world is and will always be a Pudel!
Currently, the Pudel is thinking long, hard and collectively. Soon, it will open its mouth—and many will join the barking. We thank you for all the love and support, but please note that the crowdfunding link which is making the rounds is not affiliated with the Pudel.