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Video / Text and reading by Sonja Hilzinger

Anna Seghers wrote in 1969: “I miss Wiepersdorf very much and it’s been a long time now since I was there last ... Today it seems to me as if I had never been so carefree and happy, for no particular reason, as when we were staying there and roaming through the forest.” After she returned from Mexican emigration and until the 1950s, Wiepersdorf was a place of retreat and where she could work undisturbed.

On the occasion of Anna Segher's 112th birthday on November 19, 2022, we publish a video in which literary scholar Dr. Sonja Hilzinger talks about Anna Segher's special relationship with Schloss Wiepersdorf.

Theme year „Lebenskunst – Kulturland Brandenburg 2022“

Documentary film in German language

Until its closure a few years ago, the restaurant "Zur Alten Schmiede" was an important meeting place between the villagers of Wiepersdorf and the guests of the castle. On September 24, 2022 the tradition of mutual solidarity was revived for one day in the restaurant “Zur Alten Schmiede” with a cultural and culinary program. Filmmaker Branka Pavlovic accompanied the event on film.

Video trailer about an escape from Moscow

The filmmaker Ekaterina Erofeeva arrived with her husband, the writer and Putin critic Victor Erofeev, and their two children Maja and Marianna after an adventurous flight from Russia via Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland at night on April 4, 2022 in Schloss Wiepersdorf. Leaving the Moscow apartment, the journey, border crossings, conversations with intellectual friends until the stay and many conversations in Schloss Wiepersdorf Ekaterina Erofeeva recorded with the camera.

A first trailer for the planned film project can be seen here.

Documentary film, Illustrators in Wiepersdorf

From January 7 to 9, 2022, the illustrators Nozomi Horibe, Yves Haltner, Claudia Schramke, Lea Rommel, Katja Gendikova, Beatrice Davies and Xueh Magrini Troll created portraits of writers who were guests at Schloss Wiepersdorf: The resulting portraits of, among others, Christa Wolf, Sarah Kirsch, Maxie Wander, Anna Seghers, and Volker Braun, as well as the two winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature, Svetlana Alexandrovna Alexievich and Olga Nawoja Tokarczuk, are part of Schloss Wiepersdorf's redesigned museum.

Photographic documentation, Summer festival in Schloss Wiepersdorf

Many thanks to all friends, partners, supporters and guests who joined us for the summer festival in Wiepersdorf last Sunday! Together with a big crowd of visitors we celebrated the relaunch of the residency program, the opening of the newly designed museum and the “Kosmos Wiepersdorf”.

In September, we welcome nine new fellows to Schloss Wiepersdorf: Sophia Ato, Said Azh, Róża Biłko, Monika Hau, Uwe Loebens, Julius von Lorentz, Thomas de Padova, Maryam Palizban, Małgorzata Sztremer.

In the summer of 2022, Viktor Yerofeyev and several fellows staying at Schloss Wiepersdorf read Yerofeyev's work "Good Stalin" at the same time, but in different language versions. In this video, they read the first sentences: the writer Fatin Abbas the Arabic, Maryam Aghaalikhani the Persian, guest reader Britta von der Behrens the German and Viktor Yerofeyev the Russian version.

In June, we welcome nine new fellows to Schloss Wiepersdorf: Fatin Abbas, Maryam Aghaalikhani, David Bird, Annedore Dietze, Sarah Duffy, Andrea Hensgen, Petra Heymach, Kaila Howell and Antje Vowinckel.

Wiepersdorf Castle was once the residence of Bettina and Achim von Arnim, the place where this most famous writer couple of German Romanticism worked. Today, artists and academics from all over the world receive grants to pursue their own projects in Wiepersdorf.

The Café in the Orangery of Schloss Wiepersdorf was reopened on May 8, 2022 and can be visited on Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. during the summer months. The castle park can be visited all year round.