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Cultural Authority funds 25 intercultural projects

Africa Festival Hamburg to be meeting point for refugees - benefits entire culture scene

The Cultural Authority announced Tuesday (January 17) funds of EUR 131,471 for 25 intercultural projects including the KRASS festival, Youngstar festival in Kampnagel and the “eigenarten” festival. Dr. Carsten Brosda, State Councillor for Culture, said: “The Cultural Authority is accentuating targeted funding of artists with migrant backgrounds. This will be a productive boost for the entire culture scene in Hamburg.” Artists without migrant backgrounds are also encouraged to apply for funding.

EUR 15,000 Euro for 15th Africa Festival Hamburg

The highest sum of EUR 18,600 will go towards the Hajusom e.V. association, which allows young refugees in the Hajusom LAB to dance with professionals in the Hajusom Ensemble. The Alafia e.V. will receive EUR 15,000 for the 15th Africa Festival Hamburg to be held from August 25-27, 2017. Funds will also go towards interdisciplinary festivals such as Selva – a festival by a young Latin American composer in Hamburg’s Viktoria Kaserne and the Lukulule e.V. formation**Now in Oberhafen.

Young projects and established events

The Cultural Authority has funded artists with migrant backgrounds for decades and not just in the past two years amid the influx of refugees. It has also created intercultural meeting places for artists. Some 38 applications for funding in music, directing, acting, and dance have been submitted by both aspiring artists and established festivals and events such as the “Eigenarten” festival.

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