Exhibition, discussion, concert, performance


On the State of Freedom in Europe


For the Freiraum project, the Goethe-Institut is drawing on its Europe-wide network to kindle dialogue between partners from the cultural sector and civil society and, in two-city tandems, to look into some crucial and highly topical questions: What is the state of freedom in present-day Europe? Where is it at risk? How can we shore it up? Artistic and discursive formats have been created in about forty different places all over Europe. Projects from Nicosia to Carlisle, from Madrid to Tallinn, have been presented to the public

Freiraum is coming to Berlin from 12 to 14 March 2019. In association with the ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics and the Mercator Foundation, selected Freiraum tandems will present the results of their exchange.

The programme includes an exhibition of videos and installations as well as films, discussions, performances, and concerts by Kombinat, a Slovenian women's choir, and Gipsy Mafia, a German Serb hip hop duo, among others (ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics, Siemensstr. 27, 10551 Berlin). The Mercator Foundation is hosting a so-called open situation room, an experimental event in which German and international experts, Freiraum partners, local activists and politicians will discuss the project’s five main topics: "The Liveable City": Public space and urban planning, "Post-Europe": Democracy, nationalism and populism, "Defending Diversity": Diversity and integration, "Is Freedom a Luxury?": Economic inequality, "Free Speech": Freedom of speech and expression (Mercator Centre Berlin, Neue Promenade 6, 10178 Berlin; advance registration obligatory).

The detailed programme can be found here:

The Freiraum event in Berlin is held in association with the ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics and supported by the Mercator Foundation.
Media partners: Arte, die tageszeitung und rbb Kulturradio.




Siemensstraße 27
10551 Berlin

Locations: ZK/U – Center for Art and Urbanistics and Mercator Centre Berlin