Ministry of Culture backing nine international artists

"Intro" intercultural funding for creatives seeking protection in Hamburg
09 August 2023
Ein Konzert auf dem Reeperbahn Festival

The Ministry of Culture and Media has announced EUR 216,000 in grants for nine collaborations between local cultural institutions and international artists from Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey and Ukraine from August 2023 to 2024 as part of its Intro scheme. The idea is to help refugee artists in film, performance, photography and communication design seeking protection in Germany. 

Fairy tales, music, poster design and performing arts

"The great interest in the funding scheme shows the need to support artists who have had to leave their homelands due to repression, censorship or war. 'Intro' will contribute to more diversity and new perspectives in the cultural city of Hamburg in 2023 and 2024," said Dr Carsten Brosda, Senator for Culture and Media. The "Diversity in Arts" association and the Kurdish actor and translator Alan Ciwan want to present Kurdish stories in an interactive storytelling performance while the Ukrainian children's book author, Olha Duzhak, is launching a project entitled "Musical Fairy Tales of Hamburg" on the Tonali Campus. The Iranian communication designer, Parichehr Bijani, works with children and offers a regular poster design course entitled "Female Power Today". The Iranian cellist, Atena Eshtiagh, plans to compose a suite entitled  "She unsung" for cello, voice and electronic sound elements and perform it in the Bürgerhaus Wilhelmsburg. Later, Sina Saberi will explore traditional Iranian and contemporary forms of dance in the K3 Centre for Choreography.

Film projects in Intro scheme

Three projects are dedicated to film. The Iraqi-Kurdish director, Krekar Mohammad, is shooting a documentary film in Schanzenpark with the Fluxus² association focusing on the concerns of migrants who meet at a table tennis table there. Danny Daoud, Syrian film curator, is organising a new intercultural film festival with the Kurzfilm Agentur Hamburg and the Goethe-Institut. A movie called "Die Nicht-Sichtbaren (The Invisible)" by director, Jamil Jalla, sheds light on the fate of four refugee artists from Afghanistan backed by the Motte Cultural Centre. Meanwhile, multidisciplinary artist, Larry Macaulay, is examining the Kampnagel Cultural Centre's image as an "international production house" and hopes to exploit unused potential.

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