EUNIC Cluster Berlin
EUNIC is a quite complex network. A total of 80 so-called clusters is spread all over the world, from Afghanistan to Vietnam. And for each national cultural institution, there is a cultural center in the country of origin, each with a director: a head. And then there is EUNIC Global, the umbrella organization for these centers.
MOVE OP. European Festival for Music Theatre in Precarious Circumstances by EUNIC Berlin, 16-25 August
From 16 – 25 August 2013 the Neuköllner Oper in collaboration with EUNIC Berlin presents MOVE OP, European Festival for Music Theatre in Precarious Circumstances. Move Op 2013 will present a diverse range of alternative music theatre beyond the big opera houses and festivals. Move Op is a public festival, a platform for exchange and a space for intercultural collaboration in reaction to a changing Europe. Although, or indeed, because Europe is increasingly regarded as a synonym for crisis, these ten days stand for that which Europe has also generated: Namely the wealth, with all its complexities, which arises from Europe’s cultural diversity and mixture. MOVE OP Europe!
MOVE OP. European Festival for Music Theatre in Precarious Circumstances. 16 – 25 August 2013, Berlin
Niki Marangou was due to be reading at Europa literarisch in Berlin on 4 June. The Cypriot writer and painter died in a car accident on 7 February in the Egyptian city of Al-Fayyūm. On 4 June, Europa literarisch pays tribute to her life and her work together with her long-time friend Joachim Sartorius.
In April the series Europa literarisch presents British novelist and poet Joe Dunthorne with his debut novel Submarine (in German Ich, Oliver Tate), published in 2008. “This is a brilliant first novel by a young man of ferocious comic talent”. The Times
23 April was declared “World Book and Copyright Day” at the 28th UNESCO general assembly in 1995. The date goes back to a Catalan tradition. On 23 April, Saint George’s Day, book stands are set up at the side of the street and the day is celebrated as a festival of books and reading. The Instituto Cervantes and other members of EUNIC Berlin want to continue this tradition by hosting an international book market in front of the Instituto Cervantes in Berlin. Beyond this, EUNIC Berlin is also presenting a diverse programme of live literature events including:
This month’s 'Europa literarisch' event focuses on the contemporary literature of Hungary. Reading from and discussing his work is the novelist, poet, radio dramatist, playwright and critic György Spiró, born in 1946. Spiró is regarded as one of the most important contemporary Hungarian writers. His dramas and comedies have become some of the most significant theatrical events in Hungary in the last decade.
The Role of Open Spaces in the Transformation of Urban Landscape by EUNIC in Berlin, 12-14 March 2013
On 12 March EUNIC Berlin celebrates the opening of a series of events in English looking at open spaces in the urban environment. Our urban landscape is constantly changing. The character and role of open spaces within this landscape can take on a wide variety of forms, as can be observed most intensively in Berlin. The conference is based on a cooperation between the Laboratory for Research on the City at Bologna University and the French Ministry for Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energie (MEDDE), and is supported by the Instituto Cervantes Berlin and the institut français Berlin.
A charity concert for Haiti following the earthquake of 2010, a range of successful film series – including the recent ‘Golden Bear’ series of films from across six decades which have won the main prize at the Berlin Film Festival – almost fifty readings by European authors as part of the Europa literarisch series, the presentation of new forms of literature and theatre, scientific and social debates on topics of the day, a European online competition for school students and a European Roma and Sinti Festival: These are just a few examples EUNIC Berlin’s multifaceted programme of events.
Europa literarisch takes you on a journey into the rainforest: Markéta Pilátová will be reading and in conversation with Thomas Wohlfahrt about her new novel Má nejmilejší kniha, which appeared in a new German translation, Mein Lieblingsbuch, by Julia Koudela-Hansen-Löve and Christa Rothmeier in 2012 (Braumüller Literaturverlag).
A programme of events for film experts from Central and Eastern Europe during the Berlin International Film Festival. Endless Europe: Alongside its general aim – the promotion of Central and Eastern European cinema during the Berlinale – Cinema Total this year takes an ambitious step beyond traditional European boundaries to examine the film industry from the perspective of Eurasia. In particular, the series will examine opportunities for cooperation between Russia and Europe as well as the newly structured Russian film industry.
Crime novels are the great export success of Sweden. They are frequently turned into films, both in Hollywood and in Germany, and the term “Swedenkrimi” has even made it into library categorisations. One of the most famous authors of the genre is Håkan Nesser. His newest novel will appear in German on 1 October under the title Am Abend des Mordes (“On the Evening of the Murder”), translated by Paul Berf, btb.
In accompaniment to the exhibition Mythos Olympia which runs in Berlin until January 2013, EUNIC Berlin will be showing masterpieces of documentary filmmaking on Sunday afternoons. The first films will focus on the Helsinki Olympics in 1952 and the Games in Rome in 1960.
The Berlin Early Music Days (Berliner Tage für Alte Musik) with their chamber concerts, workshops and the famous musical instrument market have been attracting musicians and music enthusiasts for over 20 years. Here are EUNIC Berlin’s concert highlights from this year’s programme:
Europas Goldene Bären – The next screenings in our unique film series on 10, 17 and 25 October at Kino Aresenal Berlin
EUNIC Berlin’s film series Europe’s Golden Bears celebrated its opening in September in the presence of Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick. The series continues in October with six more European films which have won the main prize at the Berlinale, the Golden Bear.
János Can Togay, you are director of the Hungarian cultural institute Collegium Hungaricum in Berlin, you are also a film director, screenwriter, actor and cultural diplomat – how do you manage to juggle all of these different roles?
The art of speaking a language: Multilingualism and its opportunities. Discussion by EUNIC in Berlin, 25 September
As part of the 11th European Day of Languages, EUNIC Berlin is hosting a panel discussion on the topic of “The art of speaking a global/regional language: Multilingualism and its opportunities”. The discussion will focus on the opportunities and disadvantages of living in a country where a global language is spoken and will compare this to the situation in countries where a regional language is spoken, which frequently necessitates proficiency in several languages.
Europe’s Golden Bears. Six decades of the Berlinale – A film series presented by EUNIC in Berlin, 13 September – 29 November
The film series Europe’s Golden Bears presents a selection of over 30 feature-length and short films which have been awarded the highest prize at the Berlin International Film Festival, the Golden Bear. Europe’s Golden Bears takes us on a journey through the history of the Berlinale from its beginning in 1951 to the present day. The film series enables a comparison of international film history across borders and across decades and provides proof of the increasingly common cultural connections between the countries of Europe.
The Superreal World – Graphic Novels of Europe: Vernissage and Graphic Novel Day, 8 September in Berlin
There are various definitions of what is meant by the graphic novel. In comparison to the more well-known comic, it differentiates itself through an innovative layout, a more complex plot and a more literary character. The graphic novel is increasingly gaining recognition as a literary genre in its own right. From 15 August to 15 October 2012, EUNIC Berlin presents the work of nine European graphic novel authors in the exhibition rooms of the Institut français in Berlin.
Exhibition and Accompanying Programme: Olympia: Myth – Cult – Games by EUNIC Cluster in Berlin, 31 August 2012 – 7 January 2013
From 31 August 2012 to 7 January 2013 we will present the exhibition Olympia: Myth – Cult – Games at the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin. An initiative of the Greek Cultural Foundation Berlin (Greichische Kulturstiftung Berlin), the exhibition is devoted to ancient Olympia, the cult that it inspired and the games which were created there. The partners of the project are the National Archaeological Museum Athens, the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, the Numismatic Museum Athens, the Deutsches Archäologiches Institut and the National Museums in Berlin. It is the first exhibition focusing on Olympia and the Olympic Games in Germany for over 40 years and will feature over 500 pieces from Greece and on loan from renowned galleries across Europe.
Norman Manea, born in 1936 in Bukowina, is one of the most renowned authors in the Romanian language. Manea was witness to two dark chapters of history: the son of Jewish parents, at the age of five he was deported to Transnistria. At the age of fifty he was forced to emigrate from Ceausescus’ Romania. After more than a decade, he returned to his home country and wrote an autobiographical novel.
Ballo letterario – Bal littéraire – Texts, Songs & Dances. Reading at Deutsches Theater Berlin, 15 June 2012
At 'Ballo letterario', six writers from three different countries present, in a highly unusual and entertaining way, the results of their unique writing workshop: Fabrice Melquiot and Eddy Pallaro (France), Anne Habermehl and Philipp Löhle (Germany), Magda Barile and Lucia Calamaro (Italy) meet three times for four days in three different cities, first in Rome, then at the Theater Authors’ Meeting in Berlin, and at finally in Paris. They bring a selection of their favourite songs in their luggage.
The next event in Europa literarisch series will present the Portuguese author Gonçalo M. Tavares, who is going to read from his recently published novel Jerusalém (in German Die Versehrten) translated into German by Marianne Gareis. The author will discuss his text, which examines the fine border between reason and insanity, with Thomas Wohlfahrt.
What remains of the European idea - beyond political symbolism and the mighty forces of the market? Is there still such a thing as a European attitude to life, a cultural dialogue, or is everything overshadowed by the current crisis?
EUNIC Berlin is proud to present its 40th reading in the series Europa literarisch with the Austrian author Margit Schreiner. Schreiner, born in 1953 in Linz, will be reading from her new novel Die Tiere von Paris [The Animals of Paris] (Schöffling & Co 2011) followed by a discussion with Thomas Wohlfahrt.
From March to May 2012 the event series “Lebt wohl, Genossen!” [Farewell Comrades!], in conjunction with the ARTE television series of the same name, is examining the collapse of the Soviet Union and its influence up to the present day.
Friends, partners and colleagues of EUNIC Berlin celebrated the start of 2012 at the first EUNIC Berlin New Year’s Reception at the French Embassy in Berlin on 19 January. Guests were treated to a performance by cellist Emilia Baranowska and pianist Alessandro Stella.
EUNIC Berlin would like to thank the French Embassy for their hospitality!
Theatre Project Hotel Bogota at the Festival of International New Drama (F.I.N.D.) Berlin, 3, 4 and 6 March 2012
A hotel room with its own theatre? The Schaubühne Theatre and EUNIC Berlin have commissioned five of the most promising European playwrights to write new pieces for a unique theatre project at the 2012 Festival of International New Drama (F.I.N.D.). The authors, many of whom have lived in Berlin or are closely connected with the city, have written scenes that take place in the renowned Hotel Bogota Berlin.
For the second time the literature series "Europa literarisch" will feature literature from Malta. Clare Azzopardi will be reading the story Versunken [Immersed] from her collection of short stories Il-Linja I-Hadra translated by Martina Reinecke.
For the fifth year in a row, Cinema Total has brought together film experts from Central and Eastern Europe in Berlin on the occasion of the Berlin International Film Festival.
EUNIC Berlin made its television debut at the end of January 2012 on the local television channel TV Berlin. Carin Deplanque, Head of the Institut Francais in Germany and Speaker for EUNIC Berlin, was interviewed for the channel’s “Frühcafé” programme on 24 January. Dr Deplanque spoke at length about the work and activities of EUNIC in Germany.
You can watch the full interview in German here
The Berlin based aufBruch company organises a 4 day symposium on theatre and prison (6-10 July), with support from EUNIC in Germany Berlin and other partners.