Experiencing so much queer talent in one space made you wonder why a festival like WHOLE took so long to happen. It was a much-needed space.
Many more to be announced
The Carry Nation New York
Cocktail d’Amore Berlin
Curated by Girls Berlin
Gay Haze Brussels
Horoom [Bassiani] Tbilisi
Horse Meat Disco London
House of Living Colors Berlin
No Shade Berlin
Popoff Kitchen Moscow
Room 4 Resistance Berlin
Traición Mexico City
Unter New York
Wrecked New York
Workshops & Performances
To be announced
WHOLE United Queer Festival wants to prove that there can be a queer common ground where we put all differences aside and dance together – at Europe’s first queer electronic music festival.
Ferropolis is situated by the small town of Gräfenhainichen, about 140km southwest of Berlin. Its coal mining past, which ended in 1991, has recently been rectified by contemporary renovations that promote nature exploration.
Today, the flooded grounds encapsulate an expansive 560 hectare lake +20 hectare peninsula. The site displays five huge industrial excavators that create a museum, monument and modern event arena.
Ferropolis is easily accessed by chartered bus, train, or car.
Cruise the FAQ section for more details.
A THREE DAY ELECTRONIC MUSIC CAMPING FESTIVAL FEATURING A CROSS-SECTION OF BERLIN’S UNDERGROUND QUEER SCENE
Our aim is to create an inclusive environment that provides space for the acceptance of all gender expressions and sexual orientations, but in a relaxing, outdoor environment outside of the hectic confines of the city. A multi-day camping festival where self-expression and self-liberation are paramount.
Considering today’s tumultuous and polarizing political climate, we find it necessary to create a refuge for those that oftentimes find themselves marginalized by the rest of society. WHOLE is more than just an outdoor weekend-long party, but rather an exercise in community building.
2019 is the third edition of the festival, and we’ve invited more international crews hoping to enhance & strengthen our sense of community beyond national borders.
From Friday June 14th at 15:00 till Monday 17th at 10:00.
Supported by Musicboard Berlin GmbH.
A safe space for queers who want to celebrate electronic music. A welcoming concept in a time where exclusion of queer people still is served on a daily agenda.
The festival is situated on sandy beaches and uneven meadows, therefore wheelchair accessibility is only partially given, but it is viable. Accessible toilets will be on-site. If you require an accompanying person, please write us to verify your disability card, and then your chosen person will be granted free entry.
Bassliner from Berlin
Book inexpensive roundtrip bus tickets via Bassliner,
which picks up and drops off at Ostbahnhof.
Bus tickets will be available from the second week of february.
This is a three day camping festival.
Please pitch your tents within the designated area and keep roads clear given that all roads function as escape routes & fire lanes.
Please DON’T camp on the beach, It is forbidden, sorry.
You are allowed to bring your own food & drink, but we have a strict NO GLASS policy. Be aware that your bags may be searched at the entrance.
Toilets and showers are provided on-site.
Help keep the site’s sandy beaches & green grass clean. Confetti & glitter are not permitted!
Dogs & Children
No dogs (or other animals) or children will be admitted entrance to the festival. All guests need to be 18+ to enter the festival.
Dealing and using drugs is illegal. Anyone caught will be expelled from the festival and reported to the police. The festival is three days long, so be sure to pace yourself. Drink responsibly, rest and rehydrate. Don’t be that party monster that gets messy & collapses on the beach. If you’re feeling unwell, please tell someone.
No one under the age of 18 years will be granted entry to the festival. Please note that you may be checked at the entrance. We advise you to bring an official & valid ID or passport with you. Student cards are unacceptable.
… means having fun and making friends with your campsite neighbours. Help keep an eye on each other’s stuff and buddy up to provide help, if needed. Take responsibility for the energy that you bring to the rave. Assault, discrimination & malicious intent will not be tolerated and offenders will be removed from the festival and handed over to the police. This is a festival that strives to represent the best of Berlin & the greater scene. Act accordingly. We are all friends. In the spirit of Afropunk: No sexism, racism, ableism, homophobia, fatphobia, transphobia, or hatefulness.
Because the festival grounds are surrounded by woodlands, camp fires, as romantic as they are, are not allowed. The same applies for Chinese lanterns. The last thing we want to do is have a bunch of queens start a forest fire.
We will provide a comprehensive medical and first aid service which includes first aid posts, as well as paramedics who will be looking after festival goers. Don’t hesitate to address them if you, or a friend, needs help.
Food and Drinks
There will be an array of food, be it vegan, vegetarian or meat. More info on vendors coming soon. Cash payments only.
Pitch in and help us keep things tidy! Many hands make the workload light.
Smokers, please butt your cigarettes out & put’em in the bin. We hope to build a long-running festival, and our sustainability starts first with how environmentally responsible we are as a group.
We love nature and we love Gremminer See. All our campsites are green campsites. Please act accordingly.
Forgot your toothbrush? Condoms? Check out the kiosk! From cigarettes, to sweets, & other stuff, we’re bringing the Späti with us for any items you might have forgotten to pack. Cash payments only.
Lost and Found
The lost-and-found office will be located at the kiosk. After the festival, contact us at email@example.com.
Campsite will open on Friday, the 14th of June, at 14:00 and close on Monday 17th at 13:00.
If you want to drive yourself, no problem, there will be parking on-site, but first we need you to register your car & pay for a parking pass.
Photos and Videos
Taking photos with non-professional gear (analog & digital cameras without interchangeable lenses) is allowed. Filming however is not permitted.
By purchasing a ticket and attending the festival, you are consenting to potentially being photographed and videoed by our profesionally hired staff solely for the purpose of future promotional use.
Instead of buying plastic bottled water, you can refill your NON GLASS bottle for free at the water station located in the bathroom area – day or night. All the tap water on site is the same quality water that comes out of your tap at home. Stay hydrated!
No glass containers or weapons of all kinds (even saws or axes) are permitted.
No animals, sofas, generators, electric refrigerators, any kind of bulky waste, drugs, gas containers >250 grams, car batteries, explosive substances, unauthorised fireworks, sound systems, vuvuzelas, compressor sirens, megaphones, PA-systems or firewood will be allowed on site. No unconstitutional or discriminatory flags, banners, stickers or patches are allowed to carry.
Contact security or a festival employee if you see any wrongdoing. Don’t use a gas container if it is damaged or in poor condition. Make sure it is safe to use and meets the requirements of the german DIN norm before using it. Intentional destruction of trees and groves shall be prosecuted.
All ticket sales are final. No refunds.
If you arrive by car or caravan, your destination is:
→ Highway A9 exit Dessau Ost
→ B 185 (L131) towards Oranienbaum
→ In Oranienbaum turn right B107 direction Gräfenhainichen
→ Between Jüdenberg and Gräfenhainichen turn left to Ferropolis (Ferropolis is signposted from the motorway exit)
Arrived in Ferropolis, you can park your car or your caravan at the parking lot, car-camping or the caravan campsite. Please note that you need buy a separate parking or car camping or caravan camping ticket when you are arrive at the location.
You are looking for a ride to Ferropolis or you still have free space in your car? Then take a look at fahrfahraway and offer your ride for free or find one.
Book inexpensive roundtrip bus tickets via Bassliner, which picks up and drops off at Berlin Ostbahnhof. Bus tickets will be available from the second week of february.
Arriving by train is one of the smoothest ways to travel to Ferropolis. Trains by Deutsche Bahn arrive into Gräfenhainichen, Dessau or Wittenberg from locations around Germany and we have shuttles waiting for you to take you to Ferropolis.
The timetable of the shuttle buses can be found here shortly before the festival.
Berlin Tegel: From Tegel use the bus connection TXL to Berlin main station. Change-over to regional express train RE7 of Deutsche Bahn to Dessau where we have shuttles waiting for you to take you to Ferropolis.
Berlin Schönefeld: From the S-Bahn station Schönefeld, the regional express RE7 travels directly to Dessau.
There are also buses between Berlin Ostbahnhof and Ferropolis. More information will be available shortly.
Depending on where you live, it might be better to book a flight to Leipzig/Halle Airport and take the train to Dessau or Gräfenhainichen from there.
We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to facilitate a smooth event. Join our team and help our small queer festival with installation, ticketing, hospitality, & clean-up. In exchange for your time, you will earn a weekend pass. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know something about you.
There’s nothing like celebrating the last days of summer with your tribe in the wilderness. These moments are rare, especially for those existing beyond the gender binary, but WHOLE Festival afforded queer ravers that opportunity.