Religious Diversity IN Berlin

9 Exhibition Days | Concert | Films | Presentation | Discussions | Symposium | Altar | Dance

Why do we exist? What happens to us after we die? Where do we come from? For as long as humans have lived, a panoply of different religions and world views have existed - in Berlin alone, there are more than 100 communities.

As a center for transculturality and diversity and as a stage for (post)migrant art, actions and culture, the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN is dedicating itself to the religious diversity of Berlin with its FOCUS RELIGION theme days.

A photography exhibition by Daniela Incoronato will mark the opening of the program with photos from the first SACRED MUSIC&DANCE FESTIVAL, which was visited by 6,500 guests in the previous year. For the Mexican Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration, artist Laura Medellin will be setting up an Ofrenda in the foyer. According to old Mexican belief, the spirits of the dead come to visit on All Saint's Day. They are greeted by their surviving dependents with a large altar (Ofrenda) which is decorated with flowers, food and drinks.

On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, the workshop group Werkstatt Religions and World Views invites you to the teacher training symposium 'Mine - Yours - Ours' which examines matters of money, possessions and property within various religions and world views.

Thursday, November 6, 2014 is dedicated to reincarnation: Sheikh Djengizkhan Hasso will speak about the idea of reincarnation in Yazidism. The films Tulku and Om Shanti Om will be screened, as well as vis et deviens, which deals with religious identity in Ethiopia. vis et deviens can be seen on November 8, 2014 where visitors can participate in the post-screening discussion.

Berlin is home to roughly 50,000 Alevis, who in numerous clubs, associations and communities live and practice their religion - as well as religiously-inspired music. One of the most significant Alevi musicians, Tolga Sağ, will give us a guest performance on Friday, November 11, 2014 within the framework of WorldWideMusic.

A dance performance will mark the end of FOCUS RELIGION on Sunday, November 9, 2014: Lawrence Otoo and his ensemble of 20 artists will be presenting their spiritual dance show Spirit of Dance, which highlights Ghanaian dances such as Kpali, Akon, Otu and Tigari.



Saturday, November 1, 2014 - Sunday, November 9, 2014

  • 12:00 PM | VERNISSAGE | Photographic Exhibition images from 1st SACRED MUSIC&DANCE FESTIVAL by Daniela Incoronato

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

  • 6:00 PM | FILM | Tulku (D: Gesar Mukpo | Canada | 2009 | 75 min.)
  • 8:00 PM | PRESENTATION | Reincarnation in Yazidism | Sheikh Cengizkhan Hasso
  • 9:00 PM | FILM | Om Shanti Om (D: Farah Khan | India | 2005 | 169 min)

Friday, November 7, 2014

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Sunday, November 9, 2014

  • 4:00 PM & 8:00 PM | DANCE | Spirit of Dance | spiritual dances from Ghana | Lawrence Otoo & Ensemble



FOCUS RELIGION is kindly supported by the Senatskanzlei für Kulturelle Angelegenheiten and the Senatsverwaltung für Wirtschaft, Technologie und Forschung.