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"eigenarten" intercultural festival to get underway in Hamburg

18th festival from October 26-November 5, 2017

The 18th “eigenarten” intercultural festival gets underway Thursday (October 26-November 5, 2017) in Bürgerhaus Wilhelmsburg and will bring artists from Hamburg and all over the globe together to present their latest music, theatre pieces and dance performances. Several readings, exhibitions and productions targeting children and youths are among 42 free events this year.

“Building site – integration”

The Karoon theatre company’s play called “Building site – integration” tells the story of three people in a home for refugees and their attempts to cope with German society. Written by Hakim Chohbishat, who only recently arrived in Hamburg, the drama highlights differences humorously and with sensitivity. The Compagnie Follown tries to imagine what Fela Kuti, the legendary Nigerian musician and activist, would think of politics in the 21st century. Kuti, oft hailed as the pioneer of the Afrobeat music genre, died in 1997. He often slammed corruption among Nigerian government officials and the abuse of Nigerians.

Native-language poems and concerts

Sibylle Hoffmann’s “Wortklang” production bring poets of various origins together to read their works in their native languages preceded by a translation. Visitors thus get an idea of the poem’s language, melody and rhythm. The OpenUp! performance group will also present their latest production. The company is a colloaboration between CJD Nord’s youth migration service and Thalia Treffpunkt. During the festival, many concerts will be held in venues such as Goldbekhaus, the Ernst Deutsch Theatre, the Fabrique in Gängeviertel and the MUT! theatre. The festival is being organised by peeng e.V. and funded by Hamburg’s Ministry of Culture and Media. Reservations must be made on

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