20 – 26 May 2020: Cultural Events Online
Festival x 4

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© Goethe-Institut. Illustration: Katta Rasche

The festival season is open! Four festivals are on this week’s digital calendar of events … and they’re not about to let the pandemic get in the way! So here they are, along with a bunch of other scheduled online cultural events over the next seven days.

Daily through Sunday 24 May
FESTIVAL | BERLIN PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL @HOME

A MIXED BAG – with something for everyone. The Performing Arts Festival will be going virtual for the first time this year so no one need do without a much-needed dose of culture. And the programme is richly varied, including artworks you can explore 24/7 in the virtual showroom, various talks providing plenty of food for thought, a brand new German-English documentary film series, and music by Hans Unstern.
>>> Performing Arts Festival
 
 
Wednesday 20 May, 5 pm
LECTURE & TALK | GOETHE-INSTITUT: COUCH LESSONS

GET COMFY ON THE COUCH FOR AI TALK. Every Wednesday, experts on artificial intelligence from all over the world discuss the opportunities, challenges and risks of algorithmic decisionmaking systems – in English. This week’s topic is, appropriately, “AI + Covid19”. How can AI help us understand how the virus spreads, detect symptoms and develop drugs to fight it?
>>> Couch Lessons
 
 
Thursday 21 May, 6 pm – Sunday 24 May
FESTIVAL | BERLIN RADIO-PLAY FESTIVAL: ONLINE EDITION

TUNE IN FOR AN EARFUL OF THEATRE! The Berlin Radio Play Festival features a whole bunch of radio plays, long and short, by veteran and rookie dramatists alike, in German and other languages, to be heard – and, in some cases, watched – live on YouTube.
>>> Berlin Radio Play Festival ONLINE EDITION

 

KULTURAMA.DIGITAL

Looking to livestream international cultural events? Kulturama brings the global arts scene right into your living room, including house concerts live from Buenos Aires, puppet theatre from Munich and live acts from the Berlin club scene. Organizers and artists list their cultural events on the Kulturama platform calendar, which opens them up to an unlimited international audience. Users will find the dates and times of upcoming events and can make donations to support artists of their choice. Together and in solidarity through this time.
>>> Kulturama.digital



Friday 22 May 6 pm – Sunday 24 May
FESTIVAL | CRITICAL ZONES: HORIZONS OF A NEW PLANETARY POLICY

IT’S CRITICAL. Critical Zones – Horizonte einer neuen Erdpolitik (Critical Zones: Horizons of a New Planetary Policy), an exhibition at the Zentrum für Kunst und Medien (ZKM) (Centre for Art and Media) in Karlsruhe, sheds light on the parlous state of our planet in the Anthropocene, i.e. due to human impact. While the climate crisis has driven home to many people by now the imminent threat to life on earth as we know it, the devil’s still in the details: we don’t know exactly what to do about this predicament. So this streamed festival proposes some solutions. Moreover, it offers a guided tour of the virtual exhibition space and its physical exhibits, as well as interviews, film screenings and lectures. Viewers who like to use a second screen simultaneously can follow the event on the messaging app Telegram on the ZKM channel and in the group “Critical Zones”. The event will be held in German and English.
>>> Critical Zones – Horizonte einer neuen Erdpolitik
 
 
Sunday 24 May, 9 pm
MUSIC | BEETHOVEN ON!

PHYSICAL CONCERTS MAY BE OFF, BUT BEETHOVEN’S DEFINITELY ON! Especially in 2020, the 250th anniversary of the great composer’s birth. On Sunday, the Armida Quartet, rounded out by award-winning violist Tabea Zimmermann, will be starting the first part of their three-part livestream series on Ludwig van Beethoven. So watch the concerts live on the Theater im Delphi’s YouTube channel, on its Facebook page or on that of the Armida Quartet.
>>> Beethoven On! The Armida Quartet’s live stream
 
 
Sunday 24 May, 8 pm
FILM | FUTURE X. -SOCIETY LAB
 
LET’S TALK ABOUT THE GENERATION GAP. This film was originally conceived as a play for the physical stage. Owing to the current pandemic, however, KimchiBrot Connection changed their plans and made a short instead. The film, which can be live-streamed as part of Cologne’s Sommerblut Festival, asks: “Does the inter-generational pact still hold?” It’s a fully virtual production, from research and rehearsal to broadcasting. So it’s only fitting that its online screening should be followed by a virtual audience discussion of the film.
>>> future x. -society Lab

 

PODCAST: “MACHIAVELLI” – RAP AND POLITICS

ODD COUPLE. Rap and politics may seem an unusual mix for a podcast, but they sure hit it off on Vassili Golod and Jan Kawelke’s show Machiavelli. The two journalists talk – and argue – about political issues and rap music, and show how well these two worlds actually fit together.
>>> Machiavelli


 
Monday 25 May, 7.30 pm
READING | POETRY READING WITH ... ULRIKE DRAESNER
 
POEMS ARE SOLILOQUIES OF THE SEA. Pay a virtual visit to the Haus für Poesie (House of Poetry) to hear writer and poet Ulrike Draesner talk about one of her favourite poems: “Selbstgespräche sind nur Meeresrauschen” (Conversations with Yourself  Are But the Sound of the Sea) by Elke Erb.
>>> Poetry reading with ... Ulrike Draesner



EXHIBITION | TOPOGRAPHY OF TERROR
 
MAJOR RETROSPECTIVE. In a conversation with journalist Micha Guttmann, curators Klaus Hesse and Andreas Sander present selected exhibits from Topography of Terror, a permanent exhibition by the eponymous Berlin-based foundation. The exhibition covers the Third Reich from the Nazi takeover in 1933 to the end of the war in 1945 and the first postwar trials. 
>>> Topography of Terror
 

GOT ANY TIPS?

We’re always on the lookout for online events these days, so if you have any tips or leads of your own, please email us at: sophia.karimi@goethe.de or sinah.grotefels@goethe.de. We look forward to checking out your recommendations!