Cultural Education


For many years cultural education for children and young people has been a key focus area of the work undertaken by the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN.

  • As an example, in 2016 more than 2,000 children from Berlin attended the children's world music festival ‘Am Ohr der Welt’ (loosely translated ‘ at the ear of the world), jointly organised with Musikwelten e.V.
  • The "Klangfarben" (transl. ‘colours of sound’) events, from 2014 to the end of 2017 and its predecessor series, showcased young musicians of the Berlin Conservatory for Turkish Music (BTMK).
  • The concert series "Jazz aus Neukölln" was organised in 2016/17 by the district's own music school Paul Hindemith Neukölln and featured jazz students from the foundation classes and presented music projects of their teachers.
  • Since 2010, under the direction of video artists Masayo Kajimura, Irati Elorrieta Aguirre and Inga Pfafferott, schoolchildren from Berlin have been producing video letters about their respective neighbourhoods. The children’s film project is called "Kiez der Kinder" (transl. children’s district). These letters are then presented to children from other neighbourhoods. In the process, several award-winning films were made at children's film festivals.
  • Since 2016, the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN, together with its partners Thabo Thindi, Berlin21 and Loesje, has been running film workshops for young people who have fled to Berlin.
  • Guest events such as the Afro-diasporic supplementary school take place as part of the BLACK HISTORY MONTH.
    The WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN is also active in the field of cultural adult education.
  • As an example, the "Ebony Big Band" under the direction of Fuasi Abdul Khaliq received commissioned work for lecture performances in which the history of jazz and its political significance for the Civil Rights Movement were presented.
  • In recent years, the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN has held courses on Arabic or Chinese calligraphy, workshops for Cuban percussion and Yiddish, Cuban, Arabic, Wolof and Malinke dances.
  • In collaboration with curators, such as the US drummer Eric Vaughn, ‘Lecture Concerts’ were created which introduced the works of jazz legends such as John Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan and Miles Davis.
    Since 2015 the Grammy-nominated pianist Kelvin Sholar has performed several stages of his ambitious series Black Music Renaissance, which focuses on the development of black music since the beginning of the 20th century.
  • Cultural education events for young adults were held around the subject area of words: as an example, the British Council in cooperation with the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN organised high calibre English-language writing workshops for new writers.


The WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.