FLIGHT AND DISPLACEMENT: CAN ART HELP?

Friday, 16th October

FLIGHT AND DISPLACEMENT: CAN ART HELP?
Panel discussion with Mohammad Al Attar, Basma El Husseiny, Albert Ostermaier and Klaus-Dieter Lehmann | Chaired by: Amira El Ahl, journalist and presenter


War and fighting in Syria and neighbouring countries have claimed hundreds of thousands of victims and caused millions of people to flee their homes. Many refugees are traumatised and have nothing. They have lost their home, are wrenched out of their day-to-day routine, cut off from professional and educational opportunities. Societies in the adjacent countries, where a large percentage of the refugees are taken in, face huge challenges. Can art and culture serve as motivation in a situation like this? How do artists in the Near East and Germany react to the refugee crisis? How do creative artists who have to leave their homeland reflect this flight in their work? Are projects involving artists in a refugee situation possible – are they a good idea? What form might be taken by ongoing input from cultural institutions such as the Goethe-Institut in this area? Mohammad Al Attar (Syria), dramatist, Basma El Husseiny (Egypt), director of the Action for Hope Initiative, Albert Ostermaier (Germany), author, and Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, president of the Goethe-Institut, discuss these questions.

Languages: German/English/Arabic (simultaneous interpreting)

Cooperation: Goethe-Institut
Friday, 16.10., 4.30 – 5.30 pm
Weltempfang Stage, Hall 3.1, Stand L 25