Digital festival Latitude Festival

Latitude Festival
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With artistic contributions and debates, the digital Latitude Festival explored how colonial structures impact the present and how they can be overcome.

Using projects initiated and supported by the Goethe‑Institut in recent years as a starting point, the digital Latitude Festival (4th – 6th June 2020) brought together international cultural, scientific and political perspectives. Reflections on the asymmetries and power relations from the colonial era, which continue to have an impact today, occupy four themed areas:
  • Economic Inequality
  • Global digital equality
  • Dealing with cultural property, and
  • Racism, identity and remembering.
Artistic and discursive contributions questioned the meaning of colonial history, tracked down the suppressed stories in memory discourses, and highlighted the way we handle structural racism in the present day. The extent to which global power structures influence our day-to-day activities and life within a community is made even more clearly apparent by crisis situations. What narrative do we apply with reference to the inequality between North and South? What do visions of a future fair internet look like? What ethical and legal challenges do we face as a consequence of handling looted cultural heritage, and what potential for social change might come about through this discussion about museums?

The main programme with discussions, interviews, performances, concerts and other formats was live streamed, with a pop-up radio channel broadcast in cooperation with free artists’ radio station reboot.fm and Radio Network Berlin. A supporting film programme was also shown in cooperation with the Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art. Furthermore there was a media partnership with Deutschlandfunk Kultur. A total of 72 contributors (speakers, artists, moderators) from 29 countries were involved in the festival, which featured 32 agenda items in the main programme.

Clips from the individual items can be viewed on the Goethe‑Institut YouTube channel.