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“Friendly Confrontations”
Clear the Ring!

Scene in front of the Charles Quartey Boxing Foundation from the film “Lionhearted”
Scene in front of the Charles Quartey Boxing Foundation from the film “Lionhearted” | Photo (detail): © Antje Drinnenberg

How can cultural institutions do justice to the diverse worlds of experience of people in a globalised world? From 16 January, the Friendly Confrontations festival by the Münchner Kammerspiele and the Goethe-Institut will investigate this question. The kick-off event will be held at the head office of the Goethe-Institut.

This month, the Münchner Kammerspiele will be the scene of a friendly boxing match. Athletes from Germany and Ghana will step into the ring together. The match is an expression of an intercontinental sporting friendship and stands for dialogue, discussion and the meeting of different perspectives.

Competition meets science

During the „Friendly Confrontations“ festival, from 16 to 19 January 2020 artists, athletes and thinkers will explore the role of cultural institutions for a diverse society. Visual art meets performance, competition meets science, alternative history meets virtual reality.
The dance performance “Being Pink Ain't Easy” on 18 and 19 January explores gender issues The dance performance “Being Pink Ain't Easy” on 18 and 19 January explores gender issues | Photo (detail): © Zombie Nanny
On 16 January 2020 at 6 pm the festival starts with a round table in the canteen of the Goethe-Institut headquarters, moderated by Julia Voss (Leuphana University Lüneburg). After the welcome by Johannes Ebert, Secretary General of the Goethe-Institut, representatives of various Munich institutions will discuss restitution, collections and other dispositives in a globalized world under the title "The Institutional Heritage". Stefanie Peter will speak for the Goethe-Institut. Among others, Uta Werlich (Director Museum Fünf Kontinente), Anke Hoffsten (Deputy Director NS-Dokumentationszentrum), Anna Schneider (Curator Haus der Kunst) are invited. Matthias Mühling is also expected to represent the Lenbachhaus. Admission is free of charge.

With the temporary radio room "Kammer80000", the public can also immerse themselves in a global auditory cultural world from 17 to 19 January from 8 am until the early hours of the morning at www.radio80k.de: from Global Pop to Karachi Beach Radio to the Pan African Space Station.

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