Update: The Golden Pudel has released an official statement making clear it is not affiliated with the crowdfunding campaign.
“For us, the value of a piece of property is not defined by the market, but by the way it is used culturally,” the organiser wrote. “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!
“At this moment, 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.”
The campaign wants to put the building into the hands of the community.
The Indiegogo campaign has been launched by Electronic Beats editor Michael Aniser, and aims to purchase the club and put it under community control. The campaign is looking for €800,000 to secure the venue, which is currently valued at €510,000 on German real estate website ImmobilienScout24.
The former smuggler’s prison has long been one of Germany’s most loved nightclubs, with a team of respected resident DJs that includes Helena Hauff. However, the venue has been subject to an ongoing legal battle between the building’s dual owners for the past few years.