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28ǀ28 Twenty-eight years with and without the wall

© Holger Kulick

You’re cordially invited to an evening of films, discussions and music on the topic of 28ǀ28 Twenty-Eight Years With and Without the Wall:

28ǀ28 Twenty-Eight Years With and Without the Wall
Past vs. Future - On Walls in Our Lives and Walls in Our Minds
Monday, 5 February 2018, 7:30 pm
Volksbühne Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Main Stage, Sternfoyer, Roter Salon
Admission 3 €

A historic date: On 05.02.2018, the Berlin Wall will have been down for just as long as it was up, dividing Berlin and a continent into half-worlds. What remains of its history the moment it becomes history? Did it really disappear, or did its fall reveal completely different walls?

The evening’s programme consists of films, live music and two roundtable discussions: PAST VS. FUTURE - the first about dealing with the Berlin Wall’s legacy at the 28 year mark and the question, “is the Cold War truly over?”; the second on the contemporary walls that have appeared since the Berlin Wall fell, whether they are social disparities, with regard to refugees, or between democrats and anti-democrats. It also addresses the ways in which artists can help make walls visible, and undermine them.

PAST – 28 Years of the Wall
With: Jürgen Böttcher, filmmaker; Andreas Schmidt-Schaller, actor (Polizeiruf 110 / SOKO Leipzig); Prof. Bernd Greiner, historian and director of the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies); Nadja Klier, photographer and journalist (Oderberger Straße); Susanne Schädlich, author; Peter Wensierski, journalist; Ulrike Poppe, former commissioner for addressing the GDR’s history; Prof. Axel Klausmeier, director of the Berlin Wall Foundation; Joachim Jauer, author (Urbi et Gorbi) and former director of the ZDF editorial team Kennzeichen D..

FUTURE – 28 Years of New Walls
With: Dr. Matthias Quent, director of the Institut für Demokratie und Zivilgesellschaft research organisation in Jena; Ingo Hasselbach, ex-neo-Nazi leader and founder of the EXIT initiative for those who want to leave the extreme right; Jürgen Quandt, pastor and founder of the sanctuary in churches movement in Berlin; Tim Eisenlohr, arrested in the Umweltbibliothek in East Berlin 30 years ago, refugee aid worker in Greece today; Gabriele Stötzer, writer, Erfurt; Line Maaß, co-founder of both the “IM Eimer” cultural project and Tacheles in Berlin; Lyés Bouziane, footballer and director of the sports social project Viktoria Mitte in Berlin’s Wedding district; Stephan Krawczyk, songwriter; Thomas Krüger, president of the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb).

Discussion moderators: Caro Korneli, Radio Fritz; and Christoph Singelnstein, RBB editor in chief.

Musical guests: Toni Krahl & Fritz Puppel (CITY) and jazz guitarist Lothar Fiedler.

From 10 pm Herbst in Peking concert in the Roter Salon.

Flat admission fee of 3 Euros: a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Havemann-Gesellschaft’s GDR opposition archive, which, in cooperation with the bpb, manages the website Jointly organised by the Robert-Havemann-Gesellschaft, the Berlin Center for Cold War Studies, the Federal Agency for Civic Education, the Berlin Wall Foundation, and the Volksbühne Berlin.

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