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Berlin Art Week 2023: Exhibition, Research Project, Workshops, Performances, Publications, Festival – House of World Cultures (HKW) | 09.09.-24.09.2023

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In the final weeks of the exhibition “O Quilombismo”, the HKW – House of World Cultures would like to thank all the artists, staff, colleagues at the HKW and especially the audience who supported the exhibition. In the months following the reopening of the HKW, the HKW has jointly inhabited this special exhibition, trying to learn from each other how a house with a fraught history can become a home for the many artistic, sonic, political, intellectual and spiritual worlds that make up what Berlin is. Between gardens, redesigned spaces and acts of performativity, the HKW is grateful to have ignited a collective experience of living culture – a convivial, permeable and open house ready for the years ahead.

Fig. above: Textile Cover, André Álvarez, Copyright: Ximena Goecke

For the finissage of O Quilombismo on 17 September 2023, the O Quilombismo album with over 100 images and installation views will be published as a visual documentation of the reopening.

Omar Pene – Sonic Pluriverse Festival
Open Air Concert

Saturday, 9 September, 20:30

Paulette Nardal Terrace

With his charismatic voice, complex rhythms and energetic stage performances, Omar Pene is one of the best-known artists in Senegal, a voice of the masses whose lives and experiences he sings about in his lyrics. With his band Super Diamono, he modernised Mbalax with elements of jazz, rock, soul, funk, pop and Afro-Cuban rhythms. His current album Climat – a collaboration with guitarist Hervé Samb – combines the typical fast Afrobeat rhythm runs with tender, bright melodies. With his soft, intense voice, Omar Pene sings about life, joy and human togetherness.

International Literature Award 2023 – Award Ceremony
Prize for Translated Contemporary Literature

Saturday, 9 September, 18:00

Forough Farrokhzad Garden

For the fifteenth time, the House of World Cultures and the Elementary Particles Foundation will award the International Prize for Literature. The award ceremony opens with a reading performance featuring actress Abak Safaei-Rad and HKW staff reading excerpts from the eight books on the shortlist – in the original languages and their German translations. Jury members Asal Dardan and Deniz Utlu will present the prize and talk to the author and translator of the winning title about the work and its translation. With music by Turi Leng Seong Agostino

Almost Blind. Chile 1973/2023
Lectures, readings, screenings, talks

Monday, 11 September, 19:00

Semra Ertan Garten & Safi Faye Hall

Based on the postmemory approach, Almost Blind explores the traumatic 1973 coup in Chile and its aftershocks in contemporary struggles. The impact of the 1973 events on contemporary social struggles and the ghostly presence of dictatorship in the neoliberal Chile of recent years form the starting point for a dialogue on the obligation not to forget. The event brings different generations and exile communities into conversation with each other and takes up different approaches to knowledge transfer and the politics of memory – in the sense of a multi-voiced confrontation with the past and possible futures.

Synergy: Phantasm & Protest
Screenings, Talks

Friday, 8 September, 18:00, 20:00
Sunday, 17 September, 17:00

Forough Farrokhzad Garden & Safi Faye Hall

The two-day film programme Synergie: Phantasm & Protest, curated by Chima Okerenkwo and organised together with Bocar Thiam, presents works by the three collectives Synergie, Limitrofe Television and Opensources. What these collectives have in common is an intense exploration of how fantasies translate into reality and how filmmakers use their craft to transcend social norms, create poetic narratives and explore new forms of cinema.

Miss Read – The Berlin Art Book Fair & Festival

22 – 24 September

This year Miss Read gathers more than 320 exhibitors and international guests. The festival invites a wide range of publishers, art magazines, artists and authors to discuss and celebrate the art of bookmaking. The annual Conceptual Poetics Day on Saturday explores the imaginary boundary between visual art and literature.

Mediation Programme O Quilombismo

Until 17 September

Through the exhibition with …
Sun., 10 September, 15:00
Sat., 16 September, 13:00
Sun., 17 September, 13:00

Quilombismo Dialogues
Mon, 4 September, 15:00 & 17:00
In German and Spanish
Mon, 11 September, 15:00 & 17:00
In Turkish and English

Bullerengue Music and Dance Workshops
Sat, 16 September, 16:00
Sun. 17 September, 16:00 & 19:00
Please register at bullerengue@hkw.de

Childcare with creative programme
Sun., 17 September, 16:00 – 20:00
Please register at education@hkw.de

Exhibition visits for day-care centres
Appointment: education@hkw.de


House of World Cultures
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin


Wed – Mon 12:00-19:00 hrs

Free admission every Monday and every first Sunday of the month (Museum Sunday Berlin)

Longer opening hours on event days

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