Haus der Kulturen der Welt
Ansprechpartner: Eva Stein
- Umwelt- und Zukunftsforschung
Since 2002 the Haus der Kulturen der Welt has operated, as a division of the non profit organization Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH. The Haus is financed by the State Minister for Culture and Media at the Federal Chancellery in accordance with a resolution of the Deutscher Bundestag, and receives project-related funding from the Federal Foreign Office.
The Haus der Kulturen der Welt is a place for international contemporary arts and a forum for current developments and discourse. Located in the capital city of Berlin, it presents artistic productions from around the world, with a special focus on non-European cultures and societies. Visual arts, music, literature, performing arts, film, academic discussions and digital media are all linked in an interdisciplinary programme that is unique in Europe. In a time when local and national issues are inextricably tied to international developments, the Haus enables the voices of the world to be heard in their great diversity and gives them a productive place in the inner-societal dialogue. In cooperation with artists and experts, it offers visitors opportunities to grapple with the conflicts, challenges and questions of our time.
The Haus brings together artistic and social relationships in a special network that extends throughout and beyond Berlin. The Haus brings diverse societal groups in the immigrant-rich metropolis of Berlin into conversation with one another. It collaborates with universities and initiatives to involve local organizations in its international projects. The Haus is a forum and a meeting point for the many Berlin inhabitants who have close ties to cultures around the world.
In 1989, a year of worldwide political upheaval, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt opened its doors in the Congress Hall in Berlin’s Tiergarten. The content and genre-spanning scope of its programme were unique in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany. From the early 1990s through its work the institution took an overt stand against xenophobia and for greater tolerance. The Haus’s programme takes advantage of the unique design of the building, a place of wide-ranging possibilities. Exhibition hall, auditorium for concerts and theatre, congress hall, knowledge-production facility, academy, and architectural landmark, set in the middle of the Tiergarten on the River Spree: diversity is its strength.
The Haus continually strives to open up new perspectives. In LEARN AND EXPERIENCE it offers a programme of cultural education for all ages. Here participants can discover art, make music and investigate current issues. HAUSRADIO also invites active participation. The internationally networked partner initiative www.culturebase.net provides an online Who’s Who of non-European artists and thinkers, presenting information on more than 1,000 individuals and groups from all over the world. Not to be overlooked, the Haus’s publications are a further and lasting source of knowledge.
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