Hamburg’s beloved Golden Pudel nightspot has had a rough time in 2016.
Reports surfaced in February that the club may be forced to close, with the building auctioned off, following a prolonged dispute between owners Rocko Schamoni and Wolf Richter.
Weeks later, a fire broke out at the venue, sending its future into even greater uncertainty. But fans and owners of the club have remained pro-active and upbeat, hosting demonstrations against the forced auction and expressing plans to rebuild the club following its fire damage.
Now good news has finally arrived, with the Golden Pudel making an official statement declaring the building has been saved and will continue to operate as a club.
Read the statement below.
HOORAY AND ARF, ARF! IT IS DONE!
Filled with tremendous joy and with a delirously beating heart, the Golden Pudel Club can declare the following news:
The piece of this earth that is intertwined with us, namely St. Pauli Fischmarkt No. 27, has been snatched away from the burning claws of the forced auction that has been threatening us for a long while.
Together with the Mara & Holger Cassens foundation, Wolf Richter's shares in the property have been acquired. The property can now be used for public cultural benefit.
Consequently, the Club is now protected from the adversities of the capital market and can once again and continiously be used for counter-cultural experiments and the developing of our social idea.
Happily, loudly, and forever!
This is our house!
A gigantic thank you to all of the supporters for their solidarity - you have not only warmed our hearts but you were all of actual help.
Golden Pudel Club, Park Fiction und Pudel Verein für Gegenkultur e.V. (VerFüGe)
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