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RE:WRITING THE FUTURE

Digital multi-day festival about artistic freedom, spaces of resilience and international solidarity.

Re:Writing the Future is a digital multi-day festival about artistic freedom, spaces of resilience and international solidarity. Exiled artists from around the world, the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) and cultural institutions in Berlin come together to network and to explore the role of art in turbulent times. How do urban cultures get shaped and revitalized by the experiences of newcomers? How can cultural institutions face the double challenge of growing illiberalism and the ongoing shutdown? And what role do cities play in times of nationalist thinking and the standstill of cultural life? It’s time to come together to forge new alliances for a different path toward the future.

Debates, presentations, lectures, concerts and readings will be streamed live from multiple locations in Berlin. A series of digital workshops will connect artists, cultural practitioners and city officials from around the world. The participation is free and open to the public.

Re:Writing the Future is a festival by those of us who have been forced to leave home because they make art. By those of us who have been working to keep cities open to new voices. And by those of us who offer creative and open spaces to develop new voices.

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Register HERE for the festival. 
A public livestream of the festival’s main programme will be accessible to everybody (with or without registration) on our homepage and on YouTube.

SCHEDULE (A SELECTION)

25.FEBRUARY.2021 

OPENING RE:WRITING THE FUTURE FESTIVAL
11:30-12:00 (UTC+1)
Max Czollek, Silvia Fehrmann, Esra Kücük, Helge Lunde
A conversation between the festival’s curators on arts in exile, international solidarity and culture in times of corona.

REPORT ON THE STATE OF ARTISTIC FREEDOM 2021
12:00-13:30 (UTC+1)
Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, Shurooq Amin, Aslı Erdoğan, KAK, Srirak Plipat, Nazeeha Saeed
Freemuse presents its annual report on the state of artistic freedom at the opening of the Re:Writing the Future festival.

BETWEEN AUTONOMY AND LABELLING OF ARTISTS IN EXILE
14:00-15:30 (UTC+1)
Dima Al-Bitar Kalaji, Ghayath Almadhoun, Caroline Assad, Farah Barqawi
The first of three workshops by WIR MACHEN DAS examines the phenomenon of exile labelling
[REGISTRATION REQUIRED]

WELL-BEING OF ARTISTS IN EXILE – CHALLENGES AND RESOURCES
14:00-15:30 (UTC+1)
Zeynep Güzel, Maik Müller, Verena Harpe
A workshop for artists living in exile focussing on strategies for maintaining a sense of well-being
[REGISTRATION REQUIRED]

FEARLESS CITIES
16:00-17:30 (UTC+1)
Andrés Franco, Chris de Jong, Linda Malherbe, Philippe Ollé-Laprune, Robert Piaskowski, Gemma Rodrìguez Villanueva, Helge Lunde
How can cities become actors for human rights and freedom of expression? A workshop with artists, activists and administrators from Barcelona, Mexico City, Rotterdam, Krakow and Pittsburgh. [REGISTRATION REQUIRED]

BERLINER KORRESPONDENZEN: HERTA MÜLLER IN CONVERSATION WITH SVETLANA ALEXIEVICH
19:30-21:00 (UTC+1)
Svetlana Alexievich, Herta Müller, Jens Bisky, Klaus Lederer, Shermin Langhoff
The two Nobel Prize-winning authors discuss how history can be re-written and how a praxis of resistance can give birth to a language of hope. [IN GERMAN AND RUSSIAN WITH ENGLISH TRANSLATION]

26.FEBRUARY.2021 

UNION DES REFUSÉS
10:00-12:00 (UTC+1)
Alina Kolar, María Inés Plaza Lazo
This workshop explores how competition and individual struggle can become guiding principles of art and discourse production. [REGISTRATION REQUIRED]

BERLINER KULTURPOLITIK NACH DER PANDEMIE: WIE LASSEN SICH KULTURELLE VIELFALT UND TEILHABE WIEDERHERSTELLEN?
12:00-13:30 (UTC+1)
Vera Allmanritter, Janina Benduski, Klaus Lederer, Janet Merkel, Sven Sappelt
Eine Panel-Diskussion zu den Auswirkungen der COVID-19-Pandemie auf die Kunst- und Kulturlandschaft Berlins [IN GERMAN]

REFUSING TO BE SILENCED – STANDING WITH BRAVE WOMEN FROM WAR AND CONFLICT
14:00-15:30 (UTC+1)
Svetlana Alexievich, Leila Alikarami, Radhya Almutawakel, Kholoud Helmi, Friederike Behr, Mariana Katzarova
A workshop discussing strategies for support, protection and solidarity with women journalists and human rights defenders [REGISTRATION REQUIRED]

FROM PAGANI TO MORIA III – VIDEO-/ACTIVISM AGAINST THE BORDER REGIME ON LESVOS
14:00-15:30 (UTC+1)
A workshop retracing the history of the EU’s violent border regime on Lesvos through the lens of video-/activism [REGISTRATION REQUIRED]

EROSION OF THE RULE OF LAW – AUTHORITARIANISM AND SHRINKING SPACES
16:00-17:30 (UTC+1)
Dariush Beigui, Katja Gloger, Yiota Massouridou, Veysel Ok, Wolfgang Kaleck
A panel discussion on the erosion of the rule of law across Europe and the possibilities of practical solidarity.

FUTURELAND
19:30 + 24 hours (UTC+1)
Futureland is a science-fiction documentary piece with teenagers between 14 and 18 years old, who came to Germany by themselves from Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia, Guinea, Bangladesh. [IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES]

27.FEBRUARY.2021 

ZEBRA POETRY FILM CLUB – REFUGE AND MIGRATION
19:30 (UTC+1)
Ebele Okoye, Thomas Zandegiacomo Del Bel, Alexander Gumz
A series of films in which filmmakers and poets explore their old and new homelands followed by a conversation with filmmaker Ebele Okoye.

ELIZAVETA BAM
19:30 + 24 hours (UTC+1)
Together with the Exil Ensemble, Christian Weise investigates the ambiguity of one of the most important texts in the absurdist theatre canon: when the dominant ideology demands absolute uniformity, how can superficial chatter become a tool for criticism? [IN GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES]

28.FEBRUARY.2021 

DAS LESEN DER ANDEREN – WEHRHAFTE POESIE, AUSGABE III
12:00-13:30 (UTC+1)
Enissa Amani, Milad Karimi, Jeanine Meerapfel, Terry Reintke, Max Czollek, Jo Frank
Max Czollek und Jo Frank laden in einer neuen Ausgabe der Gesprächsreihe "Das Lesen der Anderen" ihre Gäste ein, jeweils ein Gedicht vorzustellen, das für sie Wehrhaftigkeit bedeutet. [IN GERMAN]

WE BREATHE TOGETHER
16:30 + 24 hours (UTC+1)
This unique theater project is based on documents and personal stories of Belarusian actors* who were involved in the recent protests against dictator Alexander Lukashenka. [IN BELARUSIAN AND RUSSIAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES]

The festival Re:Writing the Future is carried out by Allianz Kulturstiftung, in cooperation with the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program and Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, in partnership with ICORN – International Cities of Refuge Network and is funded by the Senate for Culture and Europe of the City of Berlin.

A curatorial team consisting of the poet and essayist Max Czollek, Silvia Fehrmann (DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Programme), Esra Küçük (Allianz Kulturstiftung) and Johannes Kirsten (Maxim Gorki Theater) is responsible for the conceptual development and the overarching idea of the festival. The responsible project manager is Nino Klingler.

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For more informations and the full program, go visit the website https://rewritingthefuture.org/

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