Events in the Sprachenatelier Berlin
Interculturality is a major theme at Sprachenatelier. This is not limited to the simple linguistic exchange between cultures. In its most positive and momentous form, intercultural exchange means an experience among people of different nationalities, which is entertaining, educational, funny, disquieting, surprising or inspiring. In short, it’s a memorable experience that often involves artists expressing themselves through what they have absorbed from their own culture as well as others.
To promote interculturality, Sprachenatelier hosts cultural events, which typically take place on weekends or cover a longer period of time, as in the case of an exhibition or film festival. The program covers a broad spectrum of international expression, with a particular focus on young up-and-coming artists working in music, dance, film and literature. Examples of past events include a cooking performance at the Turkish market in Kreuzberg (Berlin), as well as several fine art exhibitions, concerts featuring 'world music' and dance performances. Whether its readings or presentations of books with subsequent debates, social political panel discussions or workshops, or presentations of music or, for instance, oriental dance – each of the fine arts as well as each country of the world has its place at the Sprachenatelier.
In addition the Sprachenatelier bills itself as a gallery and regularly exhibits works of young artists from many countries. These can be seen on its premises during normal business hours.
Beyond that, the Sprachenatelier Berlin is also a promoter of larger cultural projects. Upcoming projects include the Anatolian Culture Festival, Anatolia meets Germany, Ostblick (“View to the East”), featuring art, film, music and literature from eastern Europe and, for the second time, the Russian Film Festival, Russische Filmtage Berlin. During the first Russian Film Festival in March 2005, the central district of Berlin 'Mitte' became the center of the 'septième art' of Russia and the former Soviet Union. Documentaries, short and feature films, seminars and panel discussions made up the extensive program, which was met with warm and positive responses from both the media and the general public.
The Sprachenatelier Berlin received exceptional praise for supporting the development of the next generation of filmmakers. Through this event, Sprachenatelier helped foster the creation of networks between film academies and filmmakers in St. Petersburg, Moscow and Berlin. Thus, a sustainable forum for constant productive exchange was created.