Friday kicks off the first day of the “ARTIVISM: The Art of Subverting Power” conference, including panels, workshops, and artistic productions. The event explores questions of how can art and activism be combined to tackle burning social issues, surveillance, unethical corporations and corrupt governments? ARTIVISM offers streaming options, as well as in-person events at Studio 1, Kunstquartier Bethanien, Mariannenplatz 2 at 5pm. Access tickets here.
Also taking place on Friday, the Deutsches Historisches Museum offers discussions about “Colonial and Anti-Colonial Thinking in German History: From the Enlightenment to the 20th Century”. Discussions include interdisciplinary historians, philosophers, political scientists and sociologists taking place in German and English, simultaneous translation. The event begins at 9am-6pm at Hinter dem Gießhaus 3: ground floor. For those who can’t make it, sessions will be recorded and released later! Click here to register for free.
On Friday evening don’t miss a panel discussion at 7pm, hosted by the SAOT Festival. Panelists include members of the European Legal Support Center (ELSC), Palestinian activists and journalists. They will will provide insight into the political context surrounding our struggles and critically assess growing anti-Palestinian racism in Germany. The aim is to enable attendees on how to successfully push back against these attacks and support/empower the artist, activist, scholar, journalist, and all those who advocate for freedom and justice. Come to Haus der Statistik, Otto-Braun-Straße 70-72. Entry is free!
Saturday through Sunday H48 hosts the “Endangered Species” event series. Join us in our attempt to build communities. Joining us in our fight for houses and neighborhoods that enable and nourish human life and our relationships with one another – this includes the production and exchange of things that we call “art”. The event takes place at Hermannstr. 48, ring the bell at “Project Room”.
Get your groove on this Saturday at the Western Sahara cultural fest, celebrating 50 years of the Frente Polisario. The event includes live music, dance, henna, tea ceremony and much more. The cultural fest takes place in Mauer Park from 3pm-10pm.
In News from Berlin, hundreds of contract workers at Tesla have been let go, trade union ver.di demands that a Berlin aviation security company pay outstanding wages, and Berlin’s transport senator announced the cancellation of already planned cycle path projects with an impact on car traffic.
In News from Germany, Label suspends collaboration with musician Rammstein due to recent accusations of severe sexual violence, tourist dies after vicious attack at Neuschwanstein Castle, Greifswald residents vote against accommodation for refugees, Schwerin remains SPD following a runoff against the AfD candidate and migration increases in Germany as foreigners continue to bolster the population.
Read all about this week’s News from Berlin and Germany here.
New on theleftberlin this week, Dimitra Kyrillou walks us through the right wing shift taking place in Greece as elections are on the horizon, Part 4 of the fascinating interview with Hossam el-Hamalawy about the history of the Egyptian Left, Rowan Gaudet interviews Alice Garcia from (ELSC) regarding the definition of antisemitism and how it is used to suppress Palestine solidarity in Germany, check out the photos from this year’s Berlin LINKE Internationals Summer Camp, Goncalo Marcelino takes at AI’s troublesome infusion of biases, and Rohit K. explains how to decolonise Yoga against political exploitation.
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