Programme 10 – 12. December 2020 at Volksbühne, Berlin
A look at present times reveals anger, outrage and fear; alarming legal pressure has recently paved the way for the most racially motivated attacks.
With the mini-festival “Diaspora Europe”, the Volksbühne would like to celebrate a togetherness that remembers the 75th anniversary of the end of the war and Europe’s liberation from German National Socialism, and at the meantime highlights the importance and need for sympathy, solidarity, tolerance and respect in our uncertain times. Moreover, the opening of the festival marks the important date of the International Human Rights Day, which Volksbühne and ERIAC would like to celebrate together.
Therefore, Volksbühne has invited journalist Shelly Kupferberg and the director of the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture (ERIAC) Tímea Junghaus to curate a program that will give space to artistic debates on the issues arising from the genocide and the reappraisal of history for the here and now from the communities of the Sinti, Roma and Jews.
Under the heading Diaspora Europe the program will be discussed, performed and celebrated!
18:30 Opening of mini-festival „Diaspora Europe”
19:00, Großes Haus – Concert 1
With Riah Knight, Rosenberg Trio, Sandro Roy & Jermaine Landsberger Trio feat. Giovanni Weiss, Lauenberger Quartett featuring TAYO
“Sinti_ze Jazz” brings together the leading musicians mixing contemporary and traditional sounds to communicate the diversity and strength of Roma/Sinti communities. The Berlin-based jazz quartet of Janko Lauenberger interprets pieces by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in the spirit of the time epoch. The Sandro Roy quintet with Jermaine Landsberger and Giovanni Weiss bring their unique music of Classical & Jazz combined with traditional gypsy sounds. Furthermore, the world-famous Rosenberg-Trio is arriving from the Netherlands. Inspired by Django Reinhardt, they broaden their oeuvre with classical, pop and bossa nova in gypsy swing style. The young and virtuous women voices of Berlin´s Romnja Jazz scene, the UK born Riah Knight and the German-Nigerian Afro-Sintezza Tayo Awosusi-Onutor are joining the evening.
21:30, Großes Haus – Concert 2
Sinti_ze Jazz – Special
Special concert with the Rosenberg Trio
22:00, Großes Haus – Concert
In 1995 Snétberger composed his Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra, “In Memory of My People”, on the occasion the fiftieth year following the end of the holocaust. Inspired by melodies of the gypsy tradition, the concerto is a powerful statement against human suffering. It has been performed by the composer himself with chamber orchestras in Hungary, Italy and Germany and also at the New York UN headquarters (International Holocaust Memorial Day, 2007).
Today he is best known for his art of improvising and his crossing of stylistic borders. His music is inspired by the Roma tradition of his home country, Brazilian music and flamenco as well as classical guitar playing and jazz. He made numerous albums as a leader, co-leader and sideman and has toured all over Europe as well as Japan, Korea, India and the United States. In Volksbühne, the European guitar genius is accompanied by the world-wide renowned Keller Quartet in a concert dedicated to both classical and jazz music.
Get to know the plans of Romanistan´s ministers at the participatory performance of the Romani government through talks, visual art and new media. Romanistan is a simulation of the gathering of state officials for a fictional, non-territorial Roma nation. European Roma and Non-Roma intellectuals, public figures, politicians, artists and workers gather, to form their program. After an intimate discussion of Roma themselves, the elected officials of Romanistan introduce the government`s plans, their transformative political program, and the responsibilities that each Minister commits to. The participatory public presentation is sequenced with visual art, cinematographic elements, new media and music.
With monologues by Roma and Non-Roma, like Roma intellectual Ismael Cortez and actress Hermina Fátyol
Curator: Timea Junghaus
Exact place will be published shortly
The family archive exhibition is a counter-point of the research into state archives. This research is created with the participation of Roma/Sinti and Jewish public figures who volunteer to share their family collection, connecting to questions of memory, belonging and individual perception of self and others. The private archive fades the differences between Roma/Sinti and Jewish individuals and other European citizens. The exhibition is an attempt to challenge contemporary discourses of identity politics and to strengthen the alliance among the “Othered” of Europe.
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