Open Border Kongress 2015: CULTURAL RELIEF

Discussion with: Taigué Ahmed (Ndam Se Nam, N’Djamena), Pınar Demiral (Her Yerde Sanat/Überall ist Kunst, Mardin), Wolfgang Hauck (Die Stelzer), Maren Niemeyer (Forum on Culture and Humanitarian Relief, Goethe-Institut). Moderation: Christian Lüffe (Goethe-Institut) / Sunday, 17.10. 16:00h / PROBEBÜHNE 3

After the presentation of the dance workshop “Rêve en noir? en blanc” by Taigué Ahmed, experts will discuss the topic cultural relief through creative work in refugee camps. What is the role of art and culture in the context of humanitarian aid? How can art help to cope with traumatic experiences? And what could art projects that are directed at refugees look like?
The dancer and choreographer Taigué Ahmed also conducts workshops with refugees beyond Africa, and the Goethe-Institut Istanbul, together with the NGO "Überall ist Kunst - Art Is Everywhere" and the theater "Die Stelzer", regularly organizes theatre and stilt-walking workshops in refugee camps in southeastern Turkey. In Amman, 20 young filmmakers from Arab countries and from Germany produce movies for children and adolescents who are affected by flight und migration. A discussion about the challenges and chances of cultural work.

Taigué Ahmed
, dancer from Chad, founded the organisation Ndam Se Na in N’Djamena in 2005. The association pursues multiple projects in refugee camps in Chad, teaches the inhabitants dance, and raises awareness for themes such as hygiene, women’s rights, and HIV.

Pınar Demiral, is a cultural manager and artist from Turkey, she founded the NGO “Her Yerde Sanat /Überall ist Kunst” (art is everywhere) in 2011. Since then she has organised circus and music festivals for socially disadvantaged young people in South-East-Turkey. The organisation currently hosts cultural programmes in refugee camps.

Wolfgang Hauck, Wolfgang Hauck, a multimedia artist and project developer, has completed training in various crafts and therapies, and for the last twenty-years has been director of the theatre "Die Stelzer" in Landsberg am Lech. With his ensemble he has developed "theatre on stilts" as a medium for cultural and educational training, and designed the "Training the Trainer" program in Turkey.

Maren Niemeyer, is a film advisor at the Goethe Institute, she has been working for different public service TV and radio stations as a journalist, author, editor, and director of documentaries. Since 2004 she has repeatedly been a jury member for the Deutsche Menschenrechts-Filmpreis (German Human Rights Film Prize). Her work is shaped by a concern for the situation of children and adolescents in areas of war and crisis.

Dr. Christian Lüffe, is the director oft he Goethe Institute Istanbul. After studying German and English Literature, Media Studies, and Philosophy and completing his PhD, he taught at the Ruhr-University in Bochum. Since 1985, he has been working for the Goethe Institute. He has held various positions, most recently as director of the “Film, Television, Radio” department and as a deputy director of the “Culture and Information” department.

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