Berlin-Dubai Festival in Dubai/ UAE
Thursday, 28th October – Saturday, 30th October 2010
Goethe-Institute German Language Center Dubai invites to the first
Berlin- Dubai Festival
The Goethe-Institut German Language Center Dubai, liasion office of the Goethe-Institut Gulf-Region, presents an exciting cultural weekend, which shows the rich diversity and uniqueness of the urban cultural developments in the city of Berlin. Due to its young and energetic urban cultural scene, Berlin and Dubai have a lot in common, which will be emphasised by this event. The festival shows the vivid and vibrant face of one of the most exciting capitals in Europe, which besides its historical and cultural heritage also embraces the latest trends in fashion, design and music. The event takes place in cooperation with the German National Tourist Office, Volkswagen Middle East, JamJar Gallery and Le Meridien Mina Seyahi.
The event will open at JamJar Gallery on Thursday, 28th October at 20:00 with the movie “Let it Rock” on the Berlin artists scene, who made the German capital one of the hippest and most international city in Europe. The movie gives in a humurous way answers to the question how artists live in a surrounding in which they are commercially abused by clever marketing managers in order to promote a certain image. The movie will be followed by a discussion on the topic whether culture and commerce can work together and how artists are challenged to prevail within the limits of commercialising and avant-garde-underground.Participants are German film producer Frank Kuenster and German author Jasna Zajcek, the Emirati artist Ebtisam Abdulaziz and Hetal Pawani, director of Jam Jar Gallery.
The movie and the discussion will both be in German and English. Arabic translators will be available.
On Saturday, 30th October at 14:00 (JamJar Gallery), the festival will continue with the literature readings of the German authors and journalists Jasna Zajcek and Norman Ohler on living in the multi-cultural metropolis Berlin and their experiences with the Arabic region. After this, a discussion on the challenges and fascinations of multicultural metropolises will follow. Beside the two authors, Mishaal Al Gergawi, Emirati commentator on socio-economic and cultural affairs, and Alexander Smoltczyk, SPIEGEL-correspondent in the UAE, will participate.
During the event, snacks and drinks will be served.
The reading and the discussion will both be in German and English. Arabic translations will be available.
We invite you from 18:30 onwards to join the Berlin Party at Barasti/ Le Meridien Mina Seyahi. Enjoy and experience the original spirit of typical Berlin House music at one of Dubai’s favourite outdoor venues: Start the evening with DJ L-Masri’s unique mix of experimental electronic compositions with a world music twist. Later on, DJ Clé and DJ Terrible, two DJs, who are part of the legendary Berlin “Washing machine” parties and who played in all the famous Berlin clubs e.g. E-Werk, Tresor and Chacha, will let you dive into the trend-setting ear of House music.
The Goethe-Institut is a world-wide organization working to promote German language and culture. With a network of 149 institutes and ten liaison offices in 92 countries around the world and 13 institutes in Germany, the Goethe-Institut acts on behalf of the German Government to implement it's cultural relations policy. The Goethe-Institut Gulf Region offers German language teaching in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Al-Ain and organises cultural events in the Gulf Region.
Press conference with the organisers of the festival:
Oct. 28., 12:00
Jam Jar Galerie
Al Quoz, Dubai
For further information, please contact:
Ms. Friederike Moeschel, director