The Bürgerinitiative Raschplatz e.V. (BI) is the provider of Pavillon: the oldest socio-cultural center in the city of Hannover and the largest in Lower-Saxony. As per agreement between the city and BI, the use of the building (where Pavillon has been since 1977) must have the realization of urban socio-culture as its aim. In 1979 the Pavillon together with other socio-cultural centers co-founded the German Association of Sociocultural Centers. The Pavillon program – for which the BI is responsible – consists of music, theater, cabaret, comedy and literature, as well as discussion about society and politics. Among others, Pavillon organizes the MASALA festival – Europe’s largest festival for world music. Despite the large events in today’s portfolio, the work of the BI, which was founded by environmental activists in the 70s, is still dedicated to initiatives, social movements, urban culture and grassroots social activities.