Culture is an essential factor in the development of a neighbourhood in which social and societal developments are profoundly affected. Culture also depends on resources and a workforce, and people without a job need meaningful activities. To combine the two was the starting point for creating a network of cultural activity for Neukölln.
Through democratic and equitable co-operation, it became possible for public institutions, private organizations, and other groups and initiatives to work together in a manner that is unique in the German cultural landscape. Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln thrives, thanks to a complex array of synergies with what has grown presently, encompassing 59 member organizations, attaining more than 20 years of experience in cultural grassroots work on a district level within neighbourhoods. Many of the member organizations like Werkstatt der Kulturen, the Neuköllner Oper and Heimathafen Neukölln are widely known beyond the borders of the city.
The best example is 48 STUNDEN NEUKÖLLN, a festival of the arts, awarded the Kulturpolitischen Gesellschaft's Kulturpreis in 2008. Then in 2009, the Kulturmarken Award gave the festival it their Trendmarke and in 2015, the EFFE Label (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) gave the event the status of one of “Europe’s finest festivals” as a prime example of committed, networking co-operation. Ever since the first festival took place in 1999, more than 1,000 artists and other cultural workers participated in one weekend in June, a sort of concentrated overview of goings-on within the creative community in Neukölln, presented to more and more visitors.
Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln has the status of a recognized local charitable organization since 2009, and has been entitled to train young people: it has been increasingly active over the years, in the field of cultural education. From 2011 on, the organization has been co-operating with Neukölln's youth arts centre, Young Arts Neukölln.
Another partner is Berlin Mondiale, who is active all over the city and since it was established in 2014, been an initiative of the Rat für die Künstler (council for the arts) and the Flüchtlingsrat (refugees’ council) Berlin, with the goal of creating permanent partnerships between cultural institutions in Berlin and refugee housing to reach that segment of the population.