On an exchange visit to 14km – Ahmed Hassen from el Takeiba Center (Cairo)
From mid June to mid July 2014, Ahmed Hassen, the founder of El Takeiba Center for Artistic and Cultural Development in Cairo, Egypt, is visiting 14km in Berlin to work together on different projects and to share experiences - an exchange visit funded by the DAWRAK exchange programme of the Anna Lindh Foundation. The first cooperation between Ahmed and 14km consisted in a street art workshop for young people, teaching and discussing graffiti and its use as a tool of protesting, and giving a general background about the art of public wall painting and linking it to German history. Ahmed had a great time, showing a very creative attitude and - despite not speaking the same language - working side by side and in intense interaction with the young participants. El Takeiba Center is the first cultural center located in the poor Cairo area of Shoubra El Kheima. Ahmed, who is the director, intentionally opened it there, wanting to create a space that provides access to arts and culture for the inhabitants of the area who so far have been deprived of it. This is one of the main reasons for why it expanded quickly and is now well-known among the people of the district. The whole idea of founding this center came about due to a man called Rabea who was the guard of a famous art institute in Cairo. He loved poetry so much that someday he tried to get the chance to get into the institute and narrate a poem of his own to the audience. Yet he was banned because he was "just" the guard of the place. This incident had a deep impact on Ahmed, and he decided to help Rabea and everyone interested in art no matter what their social class, profession, education level, political views or even religious views are - everyone should have the chance to express themselves via arts and try out their talents. Ahmed believes in the power of art to change what words and arguments cannot. The El Takeiba Center has various projects and organises workshops for different groups of people according to their age, gender, and interests and covering different topics and different artistic methods, from acting, directing, improvising on stage, singing, comic drawing to caricature painting. The center also organises "cultural visits", where people from Shoubra El Kheima are invited to different cultural events elsewhere in the city. The only problem the center is facing is - as it often happens with small NGOs - the funding for these projects. Thus, Ahmed and his co-workers at El Takeiba invest a lot of their own money and time, yet they believe the difference they get to see in the people of Shoubra El Kheima is worth it, as they change for the better and discover their interest in learning more. Later this year, Anja Gebel from 14km will visit Ahmed in Egypt and work with the El Takeiba Center in Shoubra El Kheima.
Symposium “Displacement // Migration // Development – Facets of Migration between North Africa and Europe”, 11/12 July 2014, Berlin
“14km e.V.” and the “DAFG – German-Arab Friendship Association e.V.” cordially invite you to a symposium on “Displacement // Migration // Development – Facets of Migration between North Africa and Europe”, 11/12 July 2014, Friedrichstr. 185 (House E, 7th Floor), 10117 Berlin The topic migration in the Euro-Mediterranean is directly linked to the political transformations in North Africa and the Middle East which have an increasing public interest in Germany. Also in North Africa, which has become an important transit region on the way to Europe, migration and transit migration are being problematised. 14km and the DAFG would like to shed light on the manifold migration backgrounds in the countries of origin and the migration situation there, put a focus on the social networks between the African and the European continent that are created by migration, and discuss their inherent potential. The two-day symposium is conceived in a participatory way and provides a low-threshold entry to the topic; it is directed to anyone interested in gaining a differentiated perspective on the issues or already engaged in some of them. The participants will have the opportunity to discuss, share ideas, present their own projects, network and find partners for new initiatives. Further information, conditions of participation, and soon the detailed programme can be found on our site: http://14km.org/?p=2651 The symposium is financially supported by funds from the Landesstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit des Landes Berlin (Agency for Development Cooperation of the Federal State of Berlin). 14km Flyer Fachtagung Migration Download for Distribution! Photo credits: “Estrecho de Gibraltar” CC-by-Gaspar Serrano-NC-ND-2.0
Arab-German “Jour Fixe” for Young Academics – Workshop: Building an NGO
“Workshop: Building an NGO” on Monday, June 30th 2014 at 7:30pm, DAFG head office, Friedrichstr. 185 (Kontorhaus, House E, 7th Floor, Berlin) We cordially invite you to participate in the workshop "Building an NGO" at the 2nd meeting of the Arab-German "Jour Fixe" for Young Academics organised by the German-Arab Friendship Association (DAFG). Dr. Anja Gebel and Helena Burgrova of 14km e.V. will share their knowledge about how to build an NGO. Both speakers are committed to the non-profit NGO since its early days, having defined its strategy, built up organisational structures, and promoted the construction of an international network to help realise co-operations and equal partnerships between North Africa/the Middle East and Europe. They have also shaped the development of the NGO's main areas of work, such as the International Volunteer Programme that encourages the exchange between Europe and North Africa/the Middle East, and or the monthly Arab Film and Discussion Series. The workshop will give insights in defining an organisation's purpose and structure, project development and event organisation, volunteer recruitment, and PR work. But most importantly, we want to take time to brainstorm, share experiences, and to work on concrete NGO ideas together with the participants of the Jour Fixe. We would be happy to meet you at the event and have you share your thoughts and ideas with us. 14km's work is mainly based on voluntary work and new faces are always welcome! The Jour Fixe is open for English-speaking students of all disciplines and universities. The event will take place in English. It starts at 19:30 and ends with a joint "Iftar" (Muslim fast-breaking dinner after sunset during Ramadan). For registration please send an e-mail to DAFG e.V.: David Kordon Desk Officer Culture, Education and Science E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: +49 (0)30 2064 94 13 Fax: +49 (0)30 2064 88 89 WorkshopFlyer download and share! Facebook-Group Report about the workshop
Arab Film and Discussion Evening on Tunisia, June 25th, 2014
“Voices After Revolution” on Wednesday, June 25th 2014 at 6:00pm, Zille-Haus, Rathenower Straße 17, Berlin Moabit We cordially invite you to our film and discussion evening on Tunisia, which will take place on June 25th at 6:00 pm in the context of our Arab Film and Discussion Series. We will be screening the film „Voices After Revolution“ by Gisela Baumgratz, Alex Gangl and Nicolas Rolke (2013; 67 min; French, English, Arabic, German – with German subtitles). In the film, Tunisian activists describe vividly their experiences in 2012, after the fall of the dictatorship and the first free elections. The process of democratization and the goals of the revolution obviously need a lot of continuous commitment. Therefore they go on to fight for human and civil rights, better economic and social conditions and the separation of religion and state. The film will be followed by an open conversation and audience discussion in presence of an expert and further guests on the situation in Tunisia 2010-2012 and current developments, as well as on the repercussions on Tunisian migrants in Moabit and Berlin. Attendance is free, donations are welcome. The event will take place at Zille-Haus, Berlin Moabit, Rathenower Str. 17, 10559 Berlin. Please use the fliers to get to the youth club in which the event takes place. You can see here where the Zille-Haus is located. In regular intervals we screen films which deal with different Arab countries and subsequently discuss the films and the current social and political situation in the respective countries with guests from Berlin Moabit as well as with country experts, always aiming to make links to North-South relationships. أمسيةالفيلمالعربي وجلسة حوارحول تونس 25 /ماي/2014، 6:00 مساءً في التزيلي هاوس شارع راتنوفر 17، 10559 موابيت برلين ستقوم مؤسسة 14كم بعرض الفيلم الوثائقي "أصوات ما بعد الثورة" للمخرجين غيزيلا باومغراتز، وأليكس غانغل، ونيكولاس رولكه (67،2013 دقيقة، اللغة العربية والألمانية والفرنسية والإنجليزية مع ترجمة باللغة الألمانية). في الفيلم، يصف نشطاء تونس بوضوح تجاربهم في عام 2012، بعد سقوط الدكتاتورية وإجراء أول انتخابات حرة. سيعقب الفيلم نقاش مفتوح حول الوضع في تونس في ذلك الوقت من الثورة،فضلا عن تداعيات ذلك على المهاجرين التونسين في موابيت وبرلين. الحضورمجاني، والتبرعاتمرحببها. TunesiaFlyer download and share! Facebook-Event Xing-Event The project receives financial support in the context of the quarter management Moabit Ost through funds from the Programme Social City (EU, Federal Government, and Federal State of Berlin). German Introduction (Gisela Baumgratz, June 2014) Th film "Voices After Revolution" is offered by the film makers around Gisela Baumgratz-Gangl - University of Applied Siences Fulda. We thank Simone Döbbelin, Middle East and North Africa Department at Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, for providing the film copy.
Gegen Ausgrenzung! mit StreetArt Mauern überwinden und Brücken bauen
Möchtest du StreetArt-Techniken wie Schablonentechnik (Stencil) und Graffiti ausprobieren? Und dabei etwas über die Revolutionen in Ägypten und Tunesien erfahren, in denen Graffiti eine große Rolle spielte? Möchtest du lernen, wie man mit Graffiti die Gesellschaft verändern kann? Dann bist du herzlich eingeladen! Was? StreetArt Workshop mit Infos zu arabischen Protestbewegungen Für wen? Jugendliche von 13 - 19 Jahren Wann? Am Wochenende 28./29. Juni (jeweils 12:00 bis 19 Uhr) Wo? Jugendclub Feuerwache (Friedrichshain) Du entwirfst deine eigene StreetArt, arbeitest zwei Tage lang mit anderen Jugendlichen und Profis zusammen und du lernst etwas über StreetArt als politisches Instrument. Abends grillen wir und tagsüber gibt es Snacks und Getränke. Preis? kostenlos! Wenn du dabeisein möchtest, melde dich bitte bald beim Jugendclub Feuerwache unter 030 / 293 479 440 - wir freuen uns auf Dich! flyer herunterladen und verteilen! StreetArt Facebook-Event 14 Kilometer e.V. veranstaltet diesen interkulturellen StreetArt-Workshop in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Jugendclub Feuerwache in Berlin-Friedrichshain und dem El-Takeiba Center for Artistic and Cultural Development in Ägypten. Weitere Partner sind Pjotr Obuchoff als StreetArtist und der KULT. Verein für Jugendkultur e.V., der das Yaam in Friedrichshain betreibt. Das Projekt wird im Rahmen des lokalen Aktionsplans Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg gefördert. Dies ist ein Projekt des Lokalen Aktionsplans Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg