Interdisciplinary Festivals


The WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN uses interdisciplinary festivals as the preferred vehicle whenever a broad range of perspectives relating to a theme are explored with the aim of engaging visitors both cognitively and emotionally.

  • The "BLACK HISTORY MONTH" held annually in February in many countries around the globe, highlights black culture past and present through concerts, films, talks, panel discussions, spoken word performances and other events. Every year the premises of the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN can be used free of charge by artists working on black topics.
  • The first series of the Klezmer festival "Shtetl Neukölln", organised with Tanase & Gebirtig e.V., showcased different Yiddish music styles during several larger and smaller concerts in 2016. It was accompanied by workshops for dance, singing and instrument playing, dance presentations and parties. After the great success of the first season in 2016, "Shtetl Neukölln" will take place again in December 2017 and 2018.
  • In 2016 the "Carnival of Literatures", took place for the very first time in the city of Berlin and Potsdam in cooperation with the University of Potsdam. It presented English-language literature from the Global South - in lectures, films, spoken word and musical contributions.
  • The festival "Fukushima - The Aftermath" on the 5th anniversary of the nuclear catastrophe in Japan, conceived jointly with the "Fukushima Workgroup" in 2016, consisted of a tight sequence of music, dance and performance pieces. It was supplemented by photo and painting exhibitions and artistic installations.
  • The three-day "Cuba Festival", produced in 2015, presented Cuban music, Cuban music films, dance workshops and lectures.
  • In 2013 the "Sacred Music & Dance Festival" presented religious music and dance traditions by artists and religious groups from the international communities of Berlin, accompanied by film screenings, lectures, discussions and exhibitions.
  • In 2008 the "Nelson Mandela Festival" was staged in the open-air cinema of the Hasenheide park on the anniversary of the 90th birthday of the South African Nobel Peace Prize winner. It brought together renowned musicians such as Simphiwe Dana and Freshlyground from South Africa and musicians living in Berlin. There were also talks by luminaries such as the ANC member Denis Goldberg, who was imprisoned in Apartheid South Africa for many years, in addition to film screenings, poetry readings and information stands.


The WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.