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​Landschaften Der Hoffnung (Spaces for Hope) starts in Berlin

Sep 2016

Ettijahat-Independent Culture will partner with Action for Hope to organise Landschaften Der Hoffnung (Spaces for Hope), an event that celebrates Syrian art in Europe, starting on October 1st and ending on October 3rd, 2016. The event will take place at the Radialsystem in Berlin, Germany.

The event aims at providing a platform to introduce and discuss Syrian art after a large number of Syrians have been displaced recently. It is also an opportunity to meet many outstanding Syrian, Arab, and German artists. The programme includes music concerts, discussions about arts and culture, literary readings, film screenings, storytelling, and Syrian cooking exhibitions.

The event will start with a keynote speech from Mr. Stephan Steinlein, State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office, followed by a speech by Mr. Fares Al-Helou, the renowned Syrian artist. The first day will also see the opening of No Homes in Camps, an art exhibition by Hamdy Reda, and Soriana Project, a music concert led by Basel Rajoub.

The programme also includes Art Refuge, a space for presenting pieces of art and literature, starting with poetry by Yasmine Marei, Presentation by Doha Hassan, storytelling and music by Bassam Dawoud and group, contemporary dance by Amal Group, and screenings of short films made by Action for Hope filmmaking training programme students.

The event will conclude with a music concert by Action for Hope Music School Ensemble, led by Fawaz Baker and presented by Joachim Bernauer from The Goethe Institut.

In its second and third day, the event will also introduce the audience to the work of Syrian artists, through Meet the Artist.

Additionally, the programme will feature Beyond Hummus, a live cooking show by Malake Jezmati and Rita Barich.

The event will also feature three discussion panels. The first of these panels, Do You Hear Me? is moderated by Jaafar Abdul Karim. He will pose questions to a number of Syrian artists in exile, as well as German artists, about the links between current art production and the concept of asylum.

The second session, What to Do? discusses the circumstances of Syrian artists’ work in exile with artists and cultural actors, including Ayham El Agha, Jumana Al Yassri, Ali Kaaf, and Wael Qadour.

The third session, As Free as It Gets, will discuss the limits of freedom of artistic expression for Syrian writers and artists who moved recently to Europe.

To learn more about details of the programme, please visit the Facebook event page.

Landschaften Der Hoffnung (Spaces for Hope) is organised by Action for Hope, under the patronage of the German Federal Foreign Office, and in partnership with Ettijahat-Independent Culture. The project is supported by the Dawn Foundation, Ford Foundation, The Goethe Institut, the British Council, Open Society Foundation, Allianz Foundation, Nadia and Ghiath Sukhtian, and Foundation Onda.

The event is open to the public. German and Arabic translation will be provided. Places are limited, with priority of entry to those who come earlier.


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