On the Day of German Unity, the Museum of European Cultures (Museum Europäischer Kulturen, MEK) celebrates “Haymat Almanya”. On the occasion of the current exhibition “We are from here. Turkish-German Life 1990. Photographs by Ergun Çağatay” (until February 7th 2023), the museum is offering a diverse programme of events on this day, including a concert, DJ set and discussion rounds. Admission to all events as well as to all currently running exhibitions of the MEK is free.
Image above: Ata Canani © Frederike Wetzels
In the year of German unification, the Istanbul photographer Ergun Çağatay (1937-2018) visited several German cities. This resulted in the most extensive photo reportage on Turkish immigration in Germany to date. Reason enough to celebrate both on 3 October, the German bank holidays, with a Turkish-German Culture Day.
Ozan Ata Canani‘s solo concert on the bağlama (long-necked lute) will kick things off. More than 30 years after his first performances, he released his debut album last year. In the panel discussion that followed, Ozan Ata Canani, the rapper Aziza A., the chairman of the Kreuzberg Initiative against Anti-Semitism Derviş Hızarcı and the member of the Berlin House of Representatives Tuba Bozkurt exchanged their perspectives on the Wende years. Moderated by journalist Luise Sammann, they discuss, among other things, the social shift to the right and the political violence of the early 1990s. In the following performance lecture “Songs of Gastarbeiter”, the writer Imran Ayata and the director Bülent Kullukcu will follow the musical traces of over 60 years of German immigration. The programme will conclude with a DJ set by İpek İpekçioğlu. In her music, the Berliner mixes deep house with Anatolian folk and fuses Minmal Techno with Iranian Bandari.
Author and moderator Shelly Kupferberg will lead the programme.
2 pm: Welcome by moderator Shelly Kupferberg
3 pm: Ata Canani (solo concert/ Bağlama)
4 pm: Q&A with Elisabeth Tietmeyer (Director of the MEK), Meltem Kücükyilmaz and Alexandra Nocke (curators of the exhibition).
4.30 pm: “The Wall fell on our heads”. Round of talks with Ata Canani, Aziza A. (rapper), Derviş Hızarcı (board chairman Kreuzberg Initiative against Anti-Semitism – KIgA e.V.) and Tuba Bozkurt (member of the Berlin House of Representatives), moderated by Luise Sammann (freelance correspondent, e.g. for Deutschlandfunk)
6.30 pm: Songs of Gastarbeiter Vol II (Performance-Lecture by Imran Ayata and Bülent Kullukcu)
8.15 pm: İpek İpekçioğlu (DJ set)
Monday, 3 October 2022 from 2:00 pm
Museum of European Cultures (Museum Europäischer Kulturen)