Kampnagel is Germany’s largest independent performance and production venue and is one of the internationally most important stages for the performing arts. It is under the artistic direction of Amelie Deuflhard. Kampnagel is productive laboratory for developing ideas, a think-tank, a space for controversies, conferences, but also a lively concert venue, music lounge and club. Here artists work on new formats seeking contemporary forms of the public sphere, communication, interaction, participation and knowledge transfer.
Silent Green Culture Centre is a new venue and independent project, which is located in the historic buildings of a former crematorium in Wedding.
The cultural centre, which is privately run, was founded in 2013 and sees itself as a protected space in which people can think, research and experiment freely. The main focus is on work that blurs the boundaries between forms: the lines between different artistic disciplines are shifted in order to link them together in new, hybrid forms. Jörg Heitmann is the founder and initiator of the cultural centre. Parts of the property are rented to various artists and cultural organisations, including the Harun Farocki Institute and SAVVY Contemporary.
SAVVY Contemporary is a venue and an artistic platform, as well as a gallery and laboratory for a very wide range of discursive, performative and artistic formats.
SAVVY Contemporary e.V. was founded in 2009 by Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and the team now consists of around fifteen curators, artists and cultural managers from ten countries. Ndikung was appointed curator of the dokumenta 14 team this year. One focus is on the dialogue between Western and non-Western art and breaking through the process of the exoticisation of non-Western art. Within this framework, SAVVY Contemporary has organised exhibitions and performances, readings and created an archive on German colonial history.
Studio 1 – Art Centre Bethanien
Studio 1 is an exhibition space in the former Namik Kemal Library in the Art Centre Bethanien in Kreuzberg. Bethanien, a “space for art and culture”, brings together the different partners from the performing arts under one roof in Art Centre Bethanien. These include the Nordwind office, the Federal Association of Independent Theatres (BFDK), the International Theatre Institute and the Dramaturgical Society.
The Galerie Wedding – Space for Contemporary Art is a municipal gallery in Wedding. The curatorial team Dr Bonaventure Soh Bejeng Ndikung and Solvej Helweg Ovesen present in particular current positions from artists mostly living in Berlin, linking them with anthropological, socio-political, but also everyday issues. In four annual exhibitions by individual artists, in the years 2017/18, questions about migration and its influence on our society as well as possibilities to distribute our privileges in northern Europe in a different way will be the thematic focus. The series of exhibitions will be accompanied by a performance and discussion programme.
Literature House Berlin
Countless literary events take place each year in the reception room of the listed villa, including readings, symposiums, and writing workshops. The range of event is quite impressive. Literaturhaus Berlin holds readings of poems, poetic lyrics, narrative prose, and novels, as well as essays, diaries, letters, nonfiction, and academic papers. In addition, many of the presented texts are especially written as Literaturhaus commissions.
KW Institute for Contemporary Art
Through the production, presentation and sharing of contemporary art, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art dedicates itself to the central questions of our time. Since its foundation 25 years ago, the KW has established itself as an institution and a lively space for progressive artistic practices in the Berlin and international art scene.
BABYLON Cinema Berlin
The Babylon is a cinema in the Mitte neighborhood of Berlin and part of a listed building complex at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz opposite to the Volksbühne. The building was erected 1928/29 according to plans of architect Hans Poelzig and is regarded as typical of its construction period, Neue Sachlichkeit. In 1948 the theatre was heavily renovated and served afterward as a speciality cinema in the GDR. After the auditorium had been closed because of the danger of collapse, it was refurbished and reconstructed from 1999 until 2001 in accordance with conservation guidelines. In 2002 the reconstruction was awarded the “German Award for Monument Protection”. Since 2001 the Babylon is once again open to the public and used primarily as arthouse cinema, as well as a venue for the Berlinale and musical and literary cultural events. Originally the cinema held 1200 members of audience in one hall, but is today divided into two halls with 450 and 70 seats.