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Building bridges through art: Berlin Art Week launches first project ›Explore Berlin Art Week‹

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Mercator Höfe, Berlin Art Week 2016 © ART@Berlin, Stephanie Schneider.

To mark the anniversary of the art week, the educational programme ‘Explore Berlin Art Week’ is being launched. Exposure to new experiences, different perspectives, experiencing art up close – there are many opportunities to do so during Berlin Art Week. Explore Berlin Art Week’ brings visitors and artists even closer together and facilitates encounters and exchange.

Under the motto ‘Explore Berlin Art Week’, an extensive educational programme for visitors of all generations will be presented – centrally throughout the city and locally in the neighbourhood. On the grounds in front of the Kindl Centre for Contemporary Art in Neukölln, there will be a temporary meeting place for the first time as part of ‘Explore Berlin Art Week’, the ‘BAW Garden’, where all those who are curious and interested in art can meet and talk to each other about art. In addition, the existing Berlin Art Week tour programme will be expanded and supplemented with further formats.

The ›BAW Garden‹

Together with the artist Sol Calero, Berlin Art Week is creating the BAW Garden, where there will be different programme items every day for five days, from 9 am to 2 pm. Workshops, talks, art and music – under the open sky and with free admission – invite visitors of all generations to come by.

The programme in the ‘BAW Garten’ is organised with various partners: In cooperation with Stadtbewegung e.V., there is a one-hour wake-up programme every morning with simple exercises-a free and open course for everyone who wants to start the morning fresh. Throughout the day, various activities will follow: every day, a different art institution will be a guest in the ‘BAW Garten’ and will conduct on-site workshops entitled ‘A Special Moment’-these include the Berlinische Galerie, the Gropius Bau, the Kindl Centre for Contemporary Art, the PalaisPopulaire, but also the artist Sol Calero herself. In cooperation with the Museumsdienst Berlin, various approaches to mediation and programmes of the exhibition venues involved will be taken up and implemented in the workshops with different groups, such as school classes, families and other interested parties. In addition, there is an offer to have lunch together, the ‘Pausenbrot’ with the chef and artist Caique Tizzi, as well as participatory activities, such as the ‘PostGarten’, which connects neighbours with each other.

A performance series ‘With All Senses’ or the interview format ‘A Date with…’, with young artists from the Berlin Art Week programme and created with the performance collective Gob Squad, are also part of the regular programme. In the evening, DJ sets in cooperation with SchwuZ bring the day to a close.

Tours to Berlin Art Week

Another component of ‘Explore Berlin Art Week’ is the diverse range of tours that take place in cooperation with various partners. On foot, by bike or bus and accompanied by experts, visitors can explore exciting locations, take a look behind the scenes and talk to artists, curators or gallery owners. Guided tours with different focuses offer an overview of numerous artistic positions – for the first time, overview tours to various partners are also on offer, where visitors can immerse themselves in the various programmes even without prior knowledge.

In cooperation with the Museumsdienst Berlin, tours lasting several hours are offered, during which participants can discover three to four Berlin Art Week locations in different districts on foot or by bus with expert guides. The tours by BerlinViews, an association of over 25 Berlin galleries, invite you to exclusive gallery visits in a small circle. The network of free Berlin project spaces and initiatives organises bicycle tours lasting several hours to selected project spaces that will be honoured this year with the Artistic Project Spaces and Initiatives Award. All tours can be booked via the Berlin Art Week website. Visitors who prefer to go spontaneously and on their own will find tips in the ‘Berlin Art Week x Cee Cee Kieztouren’ (Berlin Art Week x Cee Kieztours), which suggest art walks along the various institutions and exhibition venues of Berlin Art Week through different neighbourhoods of Berlin and also provide culinary tips for the road.

The current 3G rules apply to participation in the tours as well as the events in the BAW Garden.

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