KulturLeben Berlin is involved in various own projects for cultural participation, which we would like to introduce to you here. Here is an overview of our projects with the direct link to the project description:
KulturCafé for women with and without flight experience
In order to gain the trust of refugee cultural guests and enable cultural and social participation, we initiated a KulturCafé for women and children at the end of 2017. The KulturCafé wants to help women with experience of escape to gradually build trust in the new place of life and to achieve a new autonomy in some areas of life. Over coffee, tea and treats, the KulturCafé offers space for making music, reading aloud, playing, crafting, painting or telling stories. Our refugee aid partners invite women and children to participate through their network and provide space. Our team is responsible for the program and organizes artists who perform in the KulturCafé or organize workshops (crafting, sewing, making music, dancing, etc.). The festivals and customs of different cultures and religions are also discussed and celebrated in the KulturCafé (Advent, Christmas, Hanukkah, Carnival, Ramadan, Sugar Festival, etc.)
The KulturCafé is aimed at women with and without flight experience. Refugees find a sheltered space with their children in the KulturCafé , where they can develop undisturbed. Women without flight experience are also welcome.
The beating heart of the water snail – see and be amazed!
Many insects and aquatic animals are threatened with extinction worldwide. At the same time, children’s interest in ecological contexts increases in their own living environment. The questions of children and adolescents is KulturLeben Berlin from 1.5. until 31.12.2018 in a new ecological project with the title „The beating heart of the water snail – see and be amazed! “ to the bottom. In free workshops, the participants undertake exciting excursions into Berlin’s urban nature under the expert guidance of an environmental pedagogue. The project is aimed at children and adolescents aged between 8 and 16 years.
Let`s get loud together! – Music workshop for young refugees
In order to open up new cultural and musical spaces for refugees, KulturLeben Berlin invites young people from 18 to 26 years to experience the music project „Let`s get loud together!“ From July to December 2018. The experience of playing music together should make the participants feel like they are getting involved in the exciting adventure of culture.
„Women who dare! Discover and taste Berlin “
Also in 2018, KulturLeben Berlin invites women with migration experience aged between 18 and 26 to participate in the project „Women who dare! Discover and taste Berlin „. Our project manager Hana Habouch herself fled from Syria and as a woman has direct and authentic access to other refugee girls and women. With the project „Women who dare! Discovering and tasting Berlin „, she motivates refugee women to gradually build up trust in their current place of life through joint city trips and other activities and to achieve new independence in some areas of life. Because within a group it is easier to get active, to get involved in new places and to reduce fears.
WunschTraumLeben – Refugees have their say!
With the project „WunschTraumLeben – refugee youths have their say!“ KulturLeben Berlin invited refugee youths to exchange in topic workshops with experts from different occupational areas in personal discussions and to inform themselves about professional and school perspectives. The project took place from 30.9. – 2.10.2017 at the Landesmusikakademie in FEZ Berlin and was conducted in cooperation with Landesmusikrat Berlin eV As a framework program, it accompanied the orchestra workshop „Berlin Meets SEPO – Orient meets Berlin“, organized by the Landesmusikrat Berlin eV at the same time.
Let`s get loud together! – Music workshop for young refugees
In order to open up new cultural and musical spaces for refugees, KulturLeben Berlin invited young people from 17 to 26 years of age from July to December 2017 to participate in the music project „Let`s get loud together!“. Through the experience of playing music together, the participants should feel like getting involved in the exciting adventure of culture.
Make the beat! Beatboxing together – music workshop for young refugees
Beatboxing is a language that is understood worldwide and can build bridges across linguistic boundaries. From July to December 2017, KulturLeben Berlin invited young refugees between the ages of 17 and 26 to participate in the music project „Mach den Beat! Beatboxing together „. In three-day workshops, the participants got to know different Beatbox techniques under expert guidance and tested unfamiliar sounds and rhythms. In the end, the newly-formed beatboxers and beatboxers competed against each other with their newly acquired skills in a „battle“.
„Women who dare! Discover and taste Berlin“
From July to December 2017 KulturLeben Berlin invited women between 18 and 26 years of age to participate in the project „Women who dare! Discover and taste Berlin „. Our project manager Hana Habouch herself fled from Syria and as a woman has direct and authentic access to other refugee girls and women. With the project „Women who dare! Discovering and tasting Berlin „, together with KulturLeben Berlin, motivated them to gradually build up trust in their current place of life through joint city trips and other activities and to achieve a new level of autonomy in some areas of life. Because within a group it is easier to get active, to get involved in new places and to reduce fears.
Children and Youth Project „Cooleranz! – Tolerance is cool“
In cooperation with Moabiter Ratschlag eV and Stadtteilverein Tiergarten eV, KulturLeben Berlin organized the children and youth project „Cooleranz! – Tolerance is cool. “ The offer was aimed primarily at educationally disadvantaged children and adolescents between 10 and 16 years. The concept comes from the artists Elisa Canducci and Yam Benyamini. In the project, children and young people dealt with the subject of tolerance playfully and artistically. Museum visits, texts, discussions and role-playing games provided an incentive and inspiration to approach the subject together.
The goal was, under the motto „All people are the same. Every person is special. „To promote intercultural exchange between participants across social and linguistic boundaries. Through artistic processes, the participants gradually learned to open up to others and to develop a sense of community.
KulturLeben Berlin Football Cup 2017
On July 9, 2017, KulturLeben Berlin, in cooperation with the FV Blau-Weiss Spandau 03 eV, organized an intercultural football tournament for Berlin boys and girls with and without a refugee background. The tournament was initiated and organized by Mohamad Khammousieh from Hama / Syria, who completes the Federal Voluntary Service at KulturLeben Berlin. At the tournament on the sports field of FV Blau-Weiss Spandau 03 eV, eight teams competed against each other. Previous knowledge was not necessary, much more important were fun and the joy of playing together. In the end, the two best teams were in the final round of the KulturLeben-Pokal.
Through its active participation in cultural and sporting events, KulturLeben Berlin aims to help refugee children and adolescents arrive in Berlin. Because exercise, sports and games together with others are fun and give the children the opportunity to make new contacts.
Concerts of the Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra (SEPO) in Berlin
On September 11, 2016, at 6:00 pm, the Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra (SEPO), led by the Syrian-Canadian conductor Ghassan Alaboud, will present an extraordinary concert at the Berlin Konzerthaus. The program included works by Syrian composers such as Kinan Azmeh, MAias Alyamani, Suad Bushnaq, Jehad Jazbeh and Nuri El Ruhibany.
KulturLeben Berlin was the initiator of the Berlin concerts of the Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra 2016. KulturLeben Berlin SEPO supported the network as an organizational platform and supported the operative implementation of the events. The Concert of the Syrian Expat Philharmonic Orchestra on September 11, 2016 in the Konzerthaus Berlin organizes KulturLeben Berlin as an independent organizer on an honorary basis. With a small funding budget, the non-profit organization succeeded in bringing 54 Syrian orchestra members from all over Europe to Berlin for the concert.
The association also supported the orchestra at the performance of the ensemble on 27 August 2016 as part of the Berliner Philharmoniker Open Air 2016 at the Kulturforum under the baton of Spanish conductor Mariano Domingo.