Past events

The Power of the Powerless
online | on demand
© Valentyn Kuzan, Kasia Syramalot, Molly Tallant

— in English language —

A panel discussion in cooperation with the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin LCB

The new society that formed in the protest summer of 2020 in Belarus is today exposed to a politics of revenge. Russian author Alisa Ganieva talks to fellow writers Viktor Martinovich (Belarus) and Ostap Slyvynsky (Ukraine) about how they perceive their own and each other's situation: Do they redefine their role as intellectuals in troubles communities, rethinking the relationship between the poet and the power? How do they cope with increasing fear and intimidation—and how to reconfirm values such as freedom, responsibility, and truth?

The first Zoophony
Schloss Wiepersdorf

A spatial composition by Sergey Khismatov, fellow 2021

the artists are present

— Event in German language —

Digital symposium of the Network of German International Residency Programs (ADIR)

During the Covid-19 pandemic, residency programs for artists have proven to be very effective and viable structures for international cultural and knowledge exchange. Especially in this time of crisis, the enormous importance of international cooperation has become clear. As laboratories for a change of perspective, residency programs often serve as models for the question of how we want to live together.

Cultural and knowledge exchange thrives on polyphony and diversity. How can this be guaranteed in the long term? The presence of artists on site is indispensable for interactions in culture and society. How can the mobility of artists be preserved—even in times of crisis?

Weltklang – Night of Poetry is the opening in many voices of the poesiefestival berlin – this year in video format online. Poets from all parts of the world read, sing and perform in their seven native languages. They show the wealth of contemporary poetry, the diversity of its content, the wide range of its approaches and styles. The German translations will be faded in; many of the poems have been translated into German for the first time for Weltklang.

The Painter Achim von Arnim-Bärwalde
Live stream


Petra Heymach, curator and granddaughter of the artist Bettina Encke von Arnim, and Wolfgang Bunzel, professor of modern German literature and head of the Brentano department at the Freies Deutsches Hochstift, talk about the unusual life of the painter Achim von Arnim-Bärwalde.

Event in German language


Author Regina Scheer, Schloss Wiepersdorf fellow 2021, talks with literary editor Andreas Platthaus about the challenges of social transformation for her work—especially with regard to geographical permanence.

Event in German language

Entkoppelte Gesellschaft
Online Livestream


The second event in the ‘Transformation’ series focuses on challenges in the context of the ongoing German-German unification process. Yana Milev, Christoph Tannert and Thomas Krüger will analyse and discuss the question of how the process should be continued in economic, political, social and cultural terms. Their paths in life crossed in the 1980s in the subculture scene of the GDR. They find a common starting point for their conversation in the artistic and intellectual legacy of the GDR, the relationship between artistic production and academic research, and the role of cultural education in times of transformation.

Event in German language

Reading & conversation

„Herzhaft in die Dornen der Zeit greifen...” Bettine von Arnim in Berlin (1811–1859)
Frankfurter Buntbücher 67, Verlag für Berlin-Brandenburg, 2020

On 4 April 2021, on the occasion of Bettina von Arnim's birthday, author and editor Dr. Sonja Hilzinger will read from „Herzhaft in die Dornen der Zeit greifen...” (Reaching heartily into the thorns of time...) and then talk with journalist, radio host and author Dr. Dorothee Schmitz-Köster about the modern woman Bettine von Arnim and her life in Berlin.

Event in German language

“Well, let’s see what happens”
On Demand


Author Martin Gross and media and communications expert Mandy Tröger talk about the book Das letzte Jahr. Aufzeichnungen aus einem ungültigen Land, and the hopes and disappointments in the East German press landscape in 1990. The conversation is moderated by publisher Jan Wenzel

Event in German language


With Omar al-Jaffal author and journalist, Iraq/Germany | Volker Braun author, Berlin | Nancy Campbell author, UK | Angélica Freitas poet, Brasil/Berlin | Suvi Valli author and translator, Finland | Moderation: Knut Elstermann journalist, Berlin

Online on Facebook, YouTube & #kanalfuerpoesie and here on this website