Programme

Overview of the festival's events 

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  Thursday Friday Saturday
morning



Press conference in the Akademie der Künste
Lecture "Real good German! - Language norms and language use"

Lecture "Latvia: Language policy between integration and disintegration"



Presentation und discussion "US-language policy after 9/11"

Information mit Experten des Goethe-Instituts "Kaffeeklatsching"

Speakers` corner "The prize - The Power of Language"

Fascinating Languages "The festival language quiz"

Opening of the exhibition “The Power of Language in Images”

Opening of the installation "After Babel"

Panel "Language and art – art and language"

Opening of the exhibition "The Power of Language" from Caracas

Film presentation of the results of "The Power of Language" short film competition in Chennai
Academic convention in three sections Debate with the national winners of the "International Youth Debate" competition

„Fairy Tales"

Podium - Section: „Science is multilingual“

Podium - Section: „German and its neighbours. About identities and multilingualism."

Podium - Section: „Language policy"

Speakers` corner "The prize - The Power of Language"

afternoon “The view from outside” at the Protokollsaal of the German Bundestag Panel "The power of the other languages – the influence of multilingual media“

Panel "Mother Tongue and Fatherland“
Academic convention in three sections Panel "Taboos in language”

Concluding panel with manifesto of results
evening Reception hosted by the German Language Initiative and opening of the festival in the Akademie der Künste Panel "Politics and Language – the development of conduct of discourse and dimensions of action"

Boat trip on the River Spree with literary programme

Poetry of multilingualism

Concert: Clueso & Band
Gala event for the award of the Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Prize

Award "The power of language"

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Admission free



The events more detailed

Thursday, June 14, 2007 – 11:00 am till 12:30 am
Press conference in the Plenarsaal of the Akademie der Künste


with
Prof. Dr. Jutta Limbach (President of the Goethe-Institut)
Dr. Georg Schütte (Secretary-General of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation)
Klaus Staeck (President of the Akademie der Künste)
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Ludwig M. Eichinger (Director of the Insitut für deutsche Sprache)
Dr. Dorothea Rüland (Deputy Secretary-General of the DAAD - German Academic Exchange Service)
Dr. Andreas Schlüter (Secretary-General of the Donors' Association for the Promotion of the Sciences and Humanities in Germany)
Erik Bettermann (Manager of the Deutschen Welle)
Thomas Rachel (State Minister at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research - BMBF)
Chair: Susanne Sporrer (Goethe-Institut)



Thursday, June 14, 2007 – 6:00 pm till 7:30 pm
Power and powerlessness of language - Speech by Andrei Ples,us on the German language in the Protokollsaal at the German Bundestag


The welcome will be by Gitte Connemann, chairperson of the “Culture in Germany” Inquiry Commission and chairperson-designate of the board of the Initiative Deutsche Sprache. Prof. Andrei Ples,u will be introduced by Dr. Norbert Lammert, President of the Bundestag.
A project by the Initiative Deutsche Sprache



Thursday, June 14, 2007 – 8:00 pm
Reception hosted by the Initiative Deutsche Sprache and opening of the festival in the Akademie der Künste
Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Minister of Foreign Affairs
Prof. Dr. Jutta Limbach, President of the Goethe-Institut
Klau Staeck, President of the Akademie der Künste
Dr. Andreas Schlüter, Secretary General of the Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft
Thomas Rachel (State Minister at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research - BMBF)
Entertainment: Bas Böttcher, language acrobat



Friday, June 15, 2007 - 9:00 - 09.45 am
Lecture "Real good German! – Language norms and language use" at the Clubraum of the Akademie der Künste


The lecute will be given by Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Peter Eisenberg. He is a memeber at the Deutschen Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung in Darmstadt and teaches at the Institut für Germanistik at the University of Potsdam.



Friday, June 15, 2007 - 09:50 - 10:30 am

Lecture "Latvia: Language policy between integration and disintegration" at the Clubraum of the Akademie der Künste


The lecture questions the instrumentalisation of language as a means of integration or disintegration in Latvian society since 1991. In the north-east of Europe, Latvia is a country in which the relative positions of the different ethnic groups changed fundamentally in the course of the 20th century as a result of flight, extermination, deportation and immigration. Even back in the days of the tsars, language policy was both population policy and a tool of power. As a consequence, particularly great significance attaches to the official language policy in today’s Latvia, which has been independent once again since 1991. The language laws, which are the subject of constant and passionate debate, have impacted on schools, public administration and commerce. The lecture will discuss the objectives of this policy and the arguments of the proponents and opponents. What social, political, demographic consequences has the language policy had? To what extent has this policy actually affected the language use of the native Latvian-speakers and the native Russian-speakers in Latvia?

Speaker: Renate Misevica, Latvian Integration Ministry, Riga
Introduction: Rudolf de Baey, Director of the Goethe-Institut Riga





Friday, June 15, 2007 - 10:40 - 11:20 Uhr
Presentation and discussion "US-language policy five years after 9/11" at the Clubraum of the Akademie der Künste


The events of September 11, 2001 have increased the awareness of the importance of learning foreign languages and of acquiring a knowledge of other cultures. However, the government initiatives of recent years have focused on a few languages, the so-called critical languages or security languages, primarily Arabic and Chinese. The motives for promoting these languages are entirely pragmatic. To exaggerate, it could be said that the Americans want to be better equipped to fight the enemy in the “war on terror” and to compete with commercial rivals, in order ultimately to vanquish them. Such a narrow understanding of language is not a viable approach for the future.
During the ACTFL’s (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) Annual Convention in November 2006 in Nashville, the Goethe-Institut New York initiated and organized a special event on this topic. An audience of more than 200 listened to a critical debate between prominent representatives of government, commerce and linguistic science about where the issue of learning foreign languages actually comes on the agenda of American security policy, economic development, legislative initiatives and commercial interests in forming a global pool of labour, and the panel’s critical conclusion was that no coherent policy on languages exists in the United States.
A film documentation will present the Nashville arguments at the festival “the power of language” for further discussion. Uwe Rau, deputy director Goethe-Institut New York , will give an introduction into the topic and the project.



Friday, June 15, 2007 – 10:45 am – 5 pm and Saturday, June 16 - 10 am - 4 pm
Experts of the Goethe-Institut answer questions while "Kafeeklatsching"”




Friday, 15.06.2007 – 9:00 am till 6:00 pm in the Foyer of the Akademie der Künste
Saturday, 16.06.2007 – 9:00 am till 1:00 pm in the Foyer of the Akademie der Künste
Speakers` corner "The Prize - The Power of Language


Are you a politician? Or more of a rebel? Or perhaps you would be better described as a romantic? If you have something to say, just say it. And be rewarded for your courage. We are providing a forum for your speeches in the Akademie der Künste on Pariser Platz in Berlin on Friday and Saturday 15 and 16 June. Your contributions will be recorded by a team from Deutsche Welle and the best speakers will then be selected by a jury and awarded cash prizes of 600 euros (1st place), 400 euros (2nd place) and 200 euros (3rd place).
You can hold political speeches and emotional street speeches on Friday; Saturday morning will offer a romantic atmosphere for declarations of love or even for an unforgettable proposal of marriage to tell your future children about.
Kennedy once said “Ich bin ein Berliner” at the climax of a brilliant speech. With a little preparation, you too can experience “the power of language”.

The prizes have been donated by the Marga and Kurt Möllgaard Foundation.




Friday, 15.06.2007 – 9:00 am till 6:00 pm in the Foyer of the Akademie der Künste
Saturday, 16.06.2007 – 9:00 am till 1:00 pm in the Foyer of the Akademie der Künste
Fascinating Languages "The festival language quiz"

As part of “The power of language” festival, the “Fascinating Languages” interactive online quiz developed by the Goethe-Institut will be presented for the first time and can be played by the participants at the conference.

The quiz, which consists of five thematic sections – Record-beating languages, Curiosities, Europe, Europe!, Recognising languages, Language families – offers interesting information and surprises: What languages are used most frequently on the internet? What language family does Arabic belong to? Which European language has 27 expressions for “moustache”?
If you are inventive and enjoy games, you can do the quiz in around 15 minutes. Get all the right answers, and you can take part in a draw – with attractive prizes for the winners!




Friday, June 15, 2007 – 4 pm till 5 pm
Opening of the exhibition "The Power of Language in Images" in the Back Foyer of the Akademie der Künste


Both professionals and amateurs were invited to capture their personal interpretation of “The power of language” in an image and to participate in the photographic competition “The power of language in images”. The exhibition will be opened by the chairman of the jury, Dr. Ulrich Pohlmann (head of collection, Fotomuseum, Münchner Stadtmuseum). The winner of the competition will also be present.



Friday, 15.06.2007 – 4 pm – 5 pm
Opening of the installation "After Babel" in the Back Foyer of the Akademie der Künste


Babak Saed shows a colourful world map of language. His installation "After Babel" introduces the different aspects of language as instrument of social exclusion of strangers and/or their approximation to locals.



Friday, June 15, 2007 – 5 pm – 7 pm
Panel “Language and Art – Art and Language”


What is the role and significance of language in the plastic arts? What is the motivation for such an artist to consider language? Where does language lead art, and not vice versa? What effect can language have compared, for example, with painting? A panel consisting of prominent artists, curators and art historians will debate these and other questions.
Together, light is to be shed on what people and places can be reached if, for example, the plastic arts use language – a medium which initially is foreign to them. However, the event is also to look at the critical side and question whether art which uses a language restricts its universality.



Friday, June 15, 2007 – 4 pm – 5 pm
Opening of the exibition "The Power of Language" from Caracas in the Back Foyer of the Akademie der Künste


In collaboration with the Goethe-Institut, students of the University of the Fine Arts “Armando Reverón” prepared an exhibition on “The Power of Language”. It represents a coming to grips of the non-verbal with the subject and illustrates the influence that the fine arts exercise on the process of communication and on culture.



Friday, June 15, 2007 – 9 am - all day
Saturday. June 16, 2007 – 9 am - all day
Film presentation of the results of “The Power of Language” short film competition in Chennai
in the Clubraum of the Akademie der Künste


The Goethe-Institut Max Mueller Bhavan in Chennai invited Indian film-makers and artists to capture the different aspects of the power of language in short films. The idea of this project is based on the multilingual diversity of India. The film makers were asked to capture the different aspects of the power of language in one minute.



Friday June 15, 2007 – 2 pm
Panel "The power of the other languages – the influence of multilingual media"
in the Clubraum of the Akademie der Künste


It was an amazing media coup – and one which was noted with concern in some parts of Western society: in 2006, Al Jazeera launched an English-language television station. Al Jazeera, of all companies, viewed by the US as the mouthpiece of Al Qaida, biased, one-sided, even propagandistic. And suddenly a subject was talked about which had tended to be pushed to the margins following the end of the Cold War: what influence can media which pass on their information in several languages truly have on their target areas?
The growing involvement of foreign broadcasters and other multilingual media providers has for years been backed by almost reflex-like arguments citing the “dialogue of the cultures”. Especially when it is a question of relations between the West and Islam, the “difficulties” in the Middle East. In this context, it is also interesting to note the large number of broadcasters which have foreign programmes – from China to Russia, Vietnam, India and Korea.
Do these various attempts really result in a dialogue? Is it possible to use information from abroad to foster democratic processes? Where and how is this already happening? Who has the best chances? These and other questions will be discussed within the panel.

An event by Deutsche Welle



Friday, June 15, 2007 – 5 pm – 6 pm
Panel “Mother Tongue and Fatherland"
in the Clubraum of the Akademie der Künste


The series of readings entitled “Mother tongue and fatherland” organised by the Goethe-Institut in Warsaw, Minsk and Kiev is culminating in a joint event with Polish, Belarusian, Ukrainian and Lithuanian authors. The aim of the event is to present authors who, writing in their mother tongue, have had similar experiences in a fatherland with a prescribed official language. The discussion should range beyond this to focus on the languages of the press, media and science there. The panel will be chaired by Martin Pollack, one of the top experts on young literature between the Baltic and the Black Sea.

The invited authors are:
Andreij Kurkov, Ukraine
* in today's St. Petersburg in 1961
He initially studied foreign languages, then worked as the editor of a magazine and as a cameraman and scriptwriter. Since 1996, he has been a freelance writer and has worked freelance for radio and television. He writes short stories, novels, children’s books and scripts for documentaries and feature films in Russian.

Volha Hapeyeva, Belarus
* in Minsk in 1982
She is a translator and works to promote modern Belarusian literature abroad. She herself writes prose and poetry as well as dramatic works.

Krzysztof Czyzewski, Poland
* in Warsaw in 1958
He is an essayist, poet, translator and editor. He studied Polish philology at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan'. In 1991, he moved to Sejny, close to the Lithuanian border. There he proposed the establishment of the centre “Pogranicze - sztuk, kultur, narodów” (Borderland – of the arts, cultures, peoples) and became its director.

Marius Ivaskevicius, Lithuania
* in Molètai in 1973
He studied Lithuanian philology at Vilnius University and is now a writer and essayist. He made his debut with short stories in 1996. In 2002, he published his novel “The Greens”, which is about the struggle by Lithuanian partisans against the Soviet occupiers in the late 1940s.


An event in cooperation with Allianz Kulturstiftung



Friday, June 15, 2007 – 6: 45 pm 10 pm
Panel “Politics and Language – the development of conduct of discourse and dimensions of action” in the “Charlottensaal” in the Deutsche Bank


Politicians and academics from the field of language research are to make statements and engage in a panel discussion on the approach, structure and function of political language.

Further to this, the focus will be on the influence on public opinion which is and which might be exerted by the words coined and combined by politicians and journalists.

The event will also consider the transparency of political communication and the breadth and variations of interpretation by the recipients. The relationship between political language and the political system will similarly be highlighted.

A project of the Federal Agency for Civic Education in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut, Munich

With an concluding informel get together
Presented by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung



Friday, June 15, 2007 – 7 pm – 10 pm
Boat trip on the River Spree with literary programme

Start: Paul-Löbe-Haus




Friday, June 15, 2007 – 8 pm – 10 pm
Poetry of multilingualism at the Plenarsaal of the Akademie der Künste

Panel event in cooperation with the Akademie der Künste



Friday, June 15, 10:30 pm – 12 pm
Concert: Clueso & Band in Foyer of the Akademie der Künste

The power of language in music

Clueso is a friend of honest and plain speaking. A songwriter who basically notes down what is happening in the world and thus writes songs which everyone can understand and empathise with.
As a well-known musician, however, he does not skirt round sensitive issues, but chooses his words carefully so that the message gets through. Despite this, the Erfurt-based singer, rapper and back-track producer retains a musical lightness, a certain weightlessness which breathes out of the songs and gives cause for hope. His first commandment: enjoy being! And, of course, he transports this particularly well when he is performing live with his band.
At present, Clueso & Band are making waves as the Special Guest of the current tour of the stadia by Herbert Grönemeyer.
The artist is very glad to be able to take part in “The power of language” festival. He has participated in several Goethe projects in recent years, not least on other continents, so his performance fits well into the festival, which is thus enriched by the aspect of the power of language in music. With his latest album “Weit weg” (2006) and the related hit single “Chicago”, Clueso has emerged as one of the most successful and respected young musicians in Germany.



Satuday, June 16, 2007 – 9:00 am till 10:30 am
Debate with the national winners of the “International Youth Debate” competition in the Clubraum of the Akademie der Künste


The International Youth Debate (“Jugend debattiert international”), a common project by the Goethe-Institut, the Hertie Foundation and the foundation Stiftung Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft (EVZ), aims to train young people to add their skilled voices to debates in democratic societies and to help shape these societies, to stimulate debate on current political and social issues, to strengthen personality development, and to improve young people’s knowledge of foreign languages, as the competition is held in German in the other countries too.
At the festival “The Power of Language” the six winners from Czech Republic, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland and the Ukraine will take part in an exciting debate on “language and power”.



Satuday, June 16, 2007 – 10:30 am till 12:30 am
"Fairy Tales” in the Clubraum of the Akademie der Künste


In September 2006 the fairy tale-marathon took place in Brussels for the third time and featured an innovative and imaginative perspective on foreign languages for children and adults. Storytellers from different European countries narrated in their mother tongues and staged the European cultural heritage fairy tale not only playfully, but encouraged also the interest in foreign languages.
During the “Festival: The Power of Language” on the 16th of June three storytellers will tell about the exciting adventures of fairy-tale figures, about spooky myths and old legends. An unforgettable experience for the young and the young at heart.



Saturday, June 16, 2007 – 9:00 am till 10:15 am
Podium - Section: „Science is multilingual“




Saturday, June 16, 2007 – 10:30 am till 12 am
Podium - Section: „German and its neighbours. On identities and multilingualism" in the Plenarsaal of the Akademie der Künste


Located at the centre of Europe, German thrives not least on its contact with other languages. How do the individual speakers handle this diversity of potential identities in a society dominated by a single language?



Saturday, June 16, 2007 – 12 am till 1:30 pm
Podium - Section: „Language policy" in the Plenarsaal of the Akademie der Künste


Are there ways to make globalisation compatible with national and regional identities, and what role can and should German realistically play here?



Saturday, June 16, 2007 – 2:00 pm till 3:30 pm
Panel “Taboos in language” in the Plenarsaal of the Akademie der Künste


The event will be opened by an impulse statement by Prof. Dr. Rudolf Hoberg, chairperson of the Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache, entitled “The negro, the miss and the gay. Emerging and disappearing taboos in modern German”. The ensuing discussion will be accompanied by statements by prominent participants.
A project in cooperation with the Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache .



Saturday, June 16, 2007 – 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Concluding panel in the Penarsaal of the Akademie der Künste




Saturday, June 16, 2007 – 5:30 pm – 7 pm
Gala event for the award of the Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm Prize in the Plenarsaal of the Akademie der Künste


The award, worth € 5,000, is made each year by the Deutsche Akademische Austauschdienst to foreign academics for special services to German studies and cultural understanding. 2006 the Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm prize went to the Tunisian Prof. Dr. Mounir Fendri.



Saturday, June 16, 2007 – 7:30 pm – 9 pm
Award “The power of language” in the Clubraum of the Akademie der Künste

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