WHAT IS "REFLECTING EUROPE"?

In 2019 ­- 30 years after the fall of the Iron Curtain – Europe finds itself once again at a crossroads: European society is facing immense challenges due to the shifting borders of Europe, elections and social transformations. The question of Russia’s role and its involvement in the major challenges in Europe is more relevant than ever.

The research and documentation project “Reflecting Europe” focuses on current European issues and on the “transformation year” of 1989 by creating a space for reflection and finding solutions through the cooperation of activists, media representatives and NGOs from Russia and EU countries. Later in 2019, the results of the project will be presented for discussion to a broader public in the form of a multimedia dossier.

1989-2019: REFLECTING EUROPE FESTIVAL

Talks – Videos – Workshops – Food – Concert

5-6 December 2019
Haus der Statistik, Dschungelküche
Otto-Braun-Straße 70-72, 10178 Berlin

Not just in Prague, Sopron, Leipzig and, of course, Berlin, the year 2019 saw many people from all over Europe look back at the events of 1989. Perspectives and relations were put to the test again. What about the walls and borders that fell in 1989? Are they visible again today? How do we perceive freedom in Europe? And how is the spirit of 1989 embodied in the young generation 30 years later?

At the end of 2019, we will eat, dance and celebrate as we remember, exchange and reflect on those events with “Reflecting Europe”, a mini-festival at the legendary Haus der Statistik at Alexanderplatz in Berlin.

PROGRAM

Thursday, 5.12.2019

19.00
(STILL) LOOKING FOR FREEDOM.
What do we take with us from the year of remembrance 1989?
Interactive conversation with authors of “Reflecting Europe” and other guests

Which public discourses were dominant in 2019, who and what was polarizing and which topics remained unspoken? And what will we carry on to 2020?

20.30
Culinary Delicacies from East and West
Video-Screenings
Music

Friday, 6.12.2019

 16.00 – 18.00
FREEDOM 2019. Parallel Workshops

1989 and the beginning of the 1990s were key moments for civil society and citizen movements. Monday demonstrations, peace prayers, round tables, kitchens sit-ins, chains of people seem to remind us of these times of transformation. But what about civil disobedience, activism and political participation today? Young committed people from Berlin and Russia give practical insights into their work and show how each and everyone can stand up for freedom and rights in 2019.

19.00
GENERATION 1989.
Installation and talk

Born in the turn of the year, they shape society, politics, media and culture in various regions of Europe today. We want to get to know the 1989 generation better and ask about their roots, limits, dreams, fears and visions.

Sound- and audio installations

21.00
TRAVELLING IN SPACE AND TIME
Sing-along Concert

"MAPPING MEMORIES" WORKSHOP AT THE RED SQUARE FESTIVAL IN BERLIN

During this workshop at the Red Square Festival in Berlin on 17 May 2019, the project’s team encouraged participants to share their memories of 1989, to discuss different narratives, as well as to share family stories and compare their perceptions.

1989: the year of the rapid transformations in Europe that have changed the course of history.
— The Berlin Wall between East and West Germany fell representing the beginning of the end of the Soviet Union on November 9th;
— The Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia was a non-violent transition of power, occurring from 17 November to 29 December 1989.

Later, Scorpions wrote a song — “Wind of Change” — an anthem of the milestones Europe was going through.

KICK-OFF LAB (23-26 JUNE 2019, ARKHANGELSK, RUSSIA)

 More about the Kick-Off in Arkhangelsk in Forum news.

The Kick-off took place on 23-26 June 2019 in the North-Western part of Russia in the city of Arkhangelsk  – the city that has significance for the relations between Russia and its European neighbouring countries. In cooperation with the local NGO „Garant“, we hosted 16 participants from Russia and the EU to a series of workshops and activities including:

– Laboratory: Discussing and clustering different European topics, stories and questions. Practical input, tools and know-how on the production of various media.

– Field trips and discussions with local heroes, activists and organisations in Arkhangelsk.

– Formation of tandems/teams for the research and development of so-called “reflective pieces”, professional guidance and mentoring.

WHAT IS TO FOLLOW THE KICK-OFF LAB?

  • Production of “reflective pieces” of various genres in tandems from the Kick-Off Forum, for example in the form of articles, podcast series, series of images, infographics, videos etc.
  • Possibility of interview and research trips into different European regions.
  • Publication in a multimedia dossier.
  • Public events, launch of the dossier and discussions are planned for the 9.11.2019 in Berlin as well as in the regions of the participants.