Other Initatives

C/O Berlin

creative class © C/O Berlin

Since November 2015 C/O Berlin is offering a creative class for youngsters and young adults. For the duration of ten weeks participants can get long-term access to creative processes. Once a week, every Thursday from 5 to 8 pm, workshop leaders convey three hours of theory and practice. The courses are invested for ten participants with German or English language skills. A working space with computer is provided to every participant. The program ranges from handling digital and analogue cameras and picture editing with Photoshop, Illustrator or InDesign to the design of a personal work documentation. At the end of the workshop the participants can generate their own portfolios, which could help them to find a job.
For registration and information please contact Frauke Menzinger: [email protected]

 Haus der Kulturen der Welt

Ideas for „Ankommen in Berlin“ (Arriving in Berlin), assembled in collage, Photo: Leila Haghighat

Together with inhabitants of House Leo, a housing project for refugee families, Haus der Kulturen der Welt has developed an interactive city map of Berlin. The map is designed to help newly arrived refugees in finding doctors, libraries, shops and important administration buildings. The map is available online in English, Arabic and Farsi and can be accessed via smartphone. Afghan city planner Hamidullah Ehrari, Syrian merchant Alhadi Aldebs, Afghan translater Mohammad Yari and Iranian bio engineer Farhad Ramazanali all shared their experience and collected information for this project.  

Museum of European Cultures

Kick-off: The KUNSTASYL banner is hoisted © SMB, Museum Europäischer Kulturen / Ute Franz-Scarciglia

The Museum of European Cultures - together with the artist barbara caveng, KUNSTASYL, and inhabitants of the residential home for asylum seekers on Staakener Strasse in Berlin-Spandau - is planning, preparing and realizing the exhibition daHEIM: glances into fugitive lives. The project tries to explore the know-how, desires, life perspectives and home environments of people who had to escape through art and methods of cultural anthropology. The current topic is embedded into its historical context, using the example of people who fled within, to and from Europe in 19th and 20th century. Museum visitors are invited to be involved and watch the four-month process of creation. The exhibition can be visited till July 2017.

KUNSTASYL is an initiative of artists, creatives, and asylum seekers. Since February 2015 they are dealing with the subject of creating a mutual living environment for humans with a home, daHEIM, and without.

Drei Könige – Larissa, Dachil, barbara © KUNSTASYL
Three Kings – Larissa, Dachil, barbara © KUNSTASYL

KUNSTASYL and the Museum of European Cultures are recreating in collaboration with dancers, actors, musicians, writers, performers, thinkers, (fashion-)designers, filmmakers, craft people and all others the lost kingdoms in an interdisciplinary production. A kaleidoscopic spectacle of staged stories shall come into being – through dance, play, bakery, songs, speech, and spinning tales. Shelters for people who had to flee are the setting. Our stage will be the joint exposition daHEIM: glances into fugitive lives. “The Kings” shall be a joint project of new and native Berliners, itinerants and residents. Production period, the time of government, is from March to June 2017. The "Royal Performance" will take place on July 1. “The Kings” are guests at 48 hours Neukölln from June 23 – 25.

Youth Museum

Project participants © Jugend Museum

Starting February 2016, Youth Museum is working with child refugees at the Marienfelde Refugee Center. The project entitled „Meine neue Nachbarschaft und ich“ (My new neighbourhood and I) offers a programme for children aged 9 to 12 during school holidays. The children explore Marienfelde, using creative methods borrowed from theatre pedagogy. Afterwards they visit the Villa Global exhibition inside the Jugend Museum, which provides useful insights on the topic of what it means to live in Berlin. The children are encouraged to tell their own stories and to express them using different creative methods. In the end, everyone works on a “Welcome Kit” that provides other children who just arrived in Berlin with useful tips and clues for orientation in their new city.
Further information and booking under (030) 90277 61 63 or via [email protected]

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