July 2016


Carnival of Literatures 2016: Planet Crime

Saturday 16.07.2016 11:00 AM | Universität Potsdam: Campus Am Neuen Palais

Admission: free

Organizer: Werkstatt der Kulturen/ Universität Potsdam




International festival for English ­language literature
focusing on authors from the Global South
on the 15th and 16th of July 2016 in Berlin and Potsdam




author readings and spoken word, podium discussions,
concerts, children's program, market

FR 15.07.2016 | 4:00 pm at WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN, Berlin
SA 16.07.2016 | 11:00 am OPEN AIR at UNIVERSITY OF POTSDAM, Potsdam

Entrance: Free
Further information can be found on the Carnival of Literatures website and on Facebook.

CARNIVAL OF LITERATURES – the international festival for English ­language literature focusing on authors from the Global South on the 15th and 16th of July 2016 in Berlin and Potsdam

On the 15th and 16th of July, the CARNIVAL OF LITERATURES will be celebrating anglophone crime writers from Africa, Asia and the worldwide diaspora with its first edition PLANET CRIME.

With stimulating readings and podium discussions, spoken word performances and live music, the CARNIVAL OF LITERATURES unfurls its literary network and discusses socially relevant topics from the North and South in the context of an interdependent world.

In the emancipatory and antiauthoritarian tradition of the carnival, the CARNIVAL OF LITERATURES establishes a discursive platform for critical analysis of universalized conceptions of culture and identity, and offers room for perspectives beyond Eurocentrism.

At the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN in Berlin on Friday and in breath­taking open­air atmosphere on Saturday in Potsdam, crime writers from countries including Denmark, Germany, Britain, India, Singapore and South Africa will present their controversial revelations about criminal offenses and foul play.

In its first edition, PLANET CRIME, the CARNIVAL OF LITERATURES 2016 devotes itself to the literary genre of Crime Fiction, focusing on authors from the Global South.

Particularly in the last 20 years, criminal literature from the Global South and its diaspora has enjoyed an unprecedented boom. Crime Fiction has proven itself to be an emancipatory opportunity for illustrating and discussing realities within the context of policies of progressive neo­liberalism and continuing neo­colonial dependencies and power structures.

However, these outlined realities are enacted, not least for potential readers with purchasing power, in the Global North. It is therefore necessary to critically observe stereotyped simplifications of relationships between political and social conditions and literary production in the global context.


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FRIDAY, 15 July 2016 from 3 PM

3:00 PM Kids Corner & Pre-Opening

4:00 PM Vocal Jazz, Jam & Cakes | Concert in Garden Café of the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN

6:00 PM Panel Discussion: When Fiction Speaks Truth to Power

with Dr. Bilgin Ayata (Political Scientist), Biplab Basu (ReachOut Berlin), Sharon Otoo (Writer, nominated for the Ingeborg-Bachmann-Preis 2016) | Host: Andrés Nader (RAA Berlin)


7:30 PM Staged Reading: "The Most Unsatisfied Town" by Amy Evans

featuring Maya Alban-Zapata, Kenneth Philip George, Aloysius Itoka, Dorothee Krüger, Tibor Locher, Asad Schwarz-Msesilamba, Quatis Tarkington and Tyrell Teschner

Assisstant Director: Ellen Gallagher
Producer: English Theatre Berlin | International Performing Arts Center

Since he arrived in Germany, Laurence has tried to do everything by the rules. He applied for asylum, waited patiently for his papers and found the kind of job no national would ever care to do. He is friendly to his neighbors, even the ones who tease his children in school, and cooperates with the police when they ask for his help. He’s found the formula for survival, or so he thinks, until one day his friend Rahim mysteriously disappears. When the body turns up charred beyond recognition, Laurence is thrust to the fore of a civil rights movement and is forced to take a closer look at the town he was so ready to call home.

The piece is based on the true story of Oury Jalloh, who was killed in Dessau police custody on January 7, 2005, and the activists who spurred an international movement to bring his killers to justice.

"The Most Unsatisfied Town" is a fictional story about racism, police violence and life in German cities.
under the support of the Initiative zum Gedenken an Oury Jalloh

9:00 PM Concert: Global Griotage | Storytelling Concert



SATURDAY, 16 July 2016 from 11 AM | Open Air at Potsdam University - Campus Am Neuen Palais

11:00am Opening | Market

11:30am Vido Jelashe | Concert

12:00pm Yassin Musharbash | Reading

12:45pm Elnathan John | Reading

1:45pm  Tabish Khair and Somnath Batabyal | Reading

3:00pm  Vido Jelashe | Concert

3:30pm  Shamini Flint and Angela Makholwa | Reading

5:00pm  Nii Parkes | Reading

6:45pm  Musa Okwonga | Spoken Word

7:30pm  Kelele | Concert


Author Readings 

Somnath Batabyal - Writer, India / Great Britain
The Price you Pay (2013)

Shamini Flint - Writer, Singapore
Inspector Singh investigates – A Calamitous Chinese Killing (2013)


Elnathan John - Writer, Nigeria
Born on a Tuesday (2016)

Tabish Khair
- Writer, India / Denmark
The Thing about Thugs (2012)

Angela Makholwa - Writer, South Africa
Red Ink (2007)

Yassin Musharbash - Writer, Germany
Radikal (2011)

Nii Parkes - Writer, Ghana / Great Britain
Tail of the Blue Bird (2009)


Spoken Word and Live Music

Kelele - Germany / Senegal



Musa Okwonga, Uganda

The CARNIVAL OF LITERATURES is a cooperative event organized by Berlin’s WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN and the Institute for English and American Studies at POTSDAM UNIVERSITY.




The facilities of the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN are accessible to wheelchair users. Please call us in advance on +49 (0)30 60 97 70-0 to ensure proper access support.