Re:Writing the Future 2021

25 - 28 February 2021

Re:Writing the Future is a festival by those of us who have been forced to leave home because they make art. By those of us who have been working to keep cities open to new voices. And by those of us who offer creative and open spaces to develop new perspectives. 

Our societies have long contradicted the idea that “here” and “there”, “us” and “them” are fitting terms to describe the ever-shifting, ever-moving, multilingual reality we inhabit. There is here; they are us; we are them. Let’s make this reality an experience.   

Debates, lectures, concerts and readings will be streamed live from multiple locations in Berlin. A series of digital workshops will connect artists, cultural practitioners and city officials from around the world. The participation is free and open for the public.

The festival Re:Writing the future is carried out by Allianz Kulturstiftung, in cooperation with the DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program and Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin, in partnership with ICORN – International Cities of Refuge Network and funded by the Senate for Culture and Europe of the City of Berlin.  
Confirmed locations for the hybrid events include the Allianz Forum at Pariser Platz, the Palais am Festungsgraben, the Haus für Poesie, the Maxim Gorki Theater, the Elisabeth Church and the daadgalerie.  
Among the participating artists and guests are Svetlana Alexievich, Ghayath Almadhoun, Mohammad Ashraf, Khaled Barakeh, Can Dündar,  Ali Hassan, Wolfgang Kaleck, Esra Karakaya, Herta Müller, Rasha Nahas, Marina Naprushkina, Milo Rau, Hakan Savaş Mican, Nazeeha Saeed, Elisabeth Wellershaus, Eyal Weizman et. al.  
The festival is realized in cooperation with a steadily growing number of actors and institutions in the field of arts and culture, e.g. Academy in Exile, Arts of the Working Class, Boom Boom Tales, daadgalerie, Deutsches Historisches Museum, ECCHR, Forensic Architecture, Freemuse, Hertie School, Haus für Poesie, the International Institute for Political Murder, the Martin Roth-Initiative, Sasha Waltz & Guests, Wir Machen Das et. al.
A curatorial team consisting of the poet and essayist Max CzollekSilvia Fehrmann (DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Programme), Esra Küçük (Allianz Kulturstiftung) and Johannes Kirsten (Maxim Gorki Theater) is responsible for the conceptual development and the overarching idea of the festival.