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In view of the current infection situation and in accordance with the decisions of the federal and state governments of 25 November, the Volksbühne Berlin is extending its event cancellations until 2 January 2021. All events on the big stage during this period are cancelled. This affects also the Diaspora Europe Festival.

All concerts below will be recorded and shown online on Volksbühne and ERIAC digital platforms on 27.01.2021. More info following soon.


On the contrary, the planned exhibitions will take place as scheduled.





Roma components of the Festival curated by ERIAC in the framework of the German Presidency of the Council of Europe

10-15 DECEMBER 2020


Volksbühne’s Diaspora Europe Festival invites Sinti, Roma and Jewish communities to take a stand, presenting their own perspectives and narratives for Europe. The programme encapsulates diverse forms and practices developed by Jewish and Roma/Sinti public figures, scholars, artists, performers and citizens to contemplate and employ ideas to create a mutually accessible, translatable and inspirational European culture inviting active participation and engagement. The programme culminates with the festivities of International Human Rights Day on the evening of 10 December 2020.


The invited artists and contributors of Diaspora Europe contemplate their own memories, identities, locations, opinions and reflections of living together in Europe, affirming a kaleidoscopic programme presenting a multitude of positions. The complete programme embraces intimate and public discussions, exhibitions, performances, and music concerts, all sharing Jewish and Roma/Sinti European history and creativity, and revealing the connectedness of our European contemporary reality as a form of constant adaptation, alignment, re-invention and belonging.


Thursday, 10 December 2020

Exhibition opening: Family Archives / Diaspora Europe

Glaspavillon, Volksbühne

The Family Archive/Diaspora Europe exhibition is a counterpoint to research into the State Archives. This research is carried out with the participation of Sinti, Roma and Jewish public figures, who have volunteered to share their own family collections, connecting to questions of memory, family, belonging and individual perception of self and others. The private archive dissolves the differences and connects the experiences between European citizens.


19.00 Sinti_ze Jazz – Concert 1

Großes Haus, Volksbühne

Riah Knight, Rosenberg Trio, Sandro Roy & Jermaine Landsberger Trio feat. Giovanni Weiss, Lauenberger Quartet feat. TAYO

Sinti_ze Jazz is a curated selection of the “bests” of contemporary Sinti Jazz. It brings together the leading musicians mixing contemporary and traditional sounds from diverse Roma/Sinti communities. The Berlin-based jazz quartet of Janko Lauenberger interprets pieces by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli in the spirit of the 1930s era. The Sandro Roy Quintet, with Jermaine Landsberger and Giovanni Weiss, performs a unique combination of classical and jazz with traditional gypsy sounds. The world-famous Rosenberg Trio arrives from the Netherlands. Inspired by Django Reinhardt, they broaden their oeuvre with classical, pop and bossa nova in gypsy swing style. The young and virtuoso women’s voices of Berlin’s Roma jazz scene, the UK-born Riah Knight, and the German-Nigerian Afro-Sinti Tayo Awosusi-Onutor also join the evening programme. This cultural evening, set for the International Day of Human Rights, celebrates the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR).


21.30 Sinti_ze Jazz – Concert 2

Großes Haus, Volksbühne

Rosenberg Trio

Guitarist Stochelo Rosenberg, with his Rosenberg Trio, is an icon of Gypsy Jazz. For over 25 years, the trio has displayed their skills at the most important jazz festivals and in the most renowned concert halls of the world. In 2017, Stochelo Rosenberg recorded the famous soundtrack for the Berlinale opening film, “Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend”.


Friday, 11 December 2020

21.30 Concert of Ferenc Snétberger – Solo Guitar Improvisations

Großes Haus, Volksbühne

Jazz guitarist Ferenc Snétberger is known worldwide for his extraordinary art of improvisation. His compositions range from Hungarian gypsy jazz to Spanish flamenco, from classical guitar to jazzy episodes. He has recorded numerous albums and toured Europe, as well as Japan, Korea, India and the United States. He has performed his concert for guitar and orchestra, “In Memory of My People”, with chamber orchestras in Hungary, Italy and Germany, and on the occasion of International Holocaust Memorial Day at UN Headquarters in New York.


Tuesday, 15 December 2020

Virtual exhibition opening: Romanistan

ERIAC Art Space, Reinhardtstraße 41-43, 10117 Berlin

On view until 17 March 2021

The exhibition presents video material made with European Roma intellectuals, public figures, politicians, artists, citizens and youth, who imagine and perform Romanistan during the months of October – December 2020. The exhibition comprises the video archive, with visual art, cinematographic elements, historical and personal documents, aiding mediation around the poetic concept of a non-territorial, transnational, diaspora nation: Romanistan.






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