It's true - the spoken word. This phrase also applies to the programme at the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN: Amharic children's theatre, Polish poetry competitions, Arabic poetry readings, US-American comedians, poetry slams for the Trans film festival, spoken word performances at the "BLACK HISTORY MONTH"...

Aside from German and the Lingua Franca English the following languages are also spoken at the WERKSTATT DER KULTUREN: Amharic, Arabic, Azeri, Basque, Farsi, French, Greek, Italian, Korean, Kosovar, Kurmanci, Pashto, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Tamil, Turkish, Urdu, Vietnamese, Zaza, ...

Numerous other languages are also spoken at readings by authors, within comedy shows, poetry slams, poetry readings, panel discussions, workshops, meetings, conferences, lectures. The following are just a few examples:

  • Alok Vaid-Menon - "Watching You / Watching Me". In a poetry & comedy performance evening in summer 2017, the internationally renowned author and New York based artist Alok Vaid-Menon, explored the dark side of Trans visibility - a visibility through videos which highlight violence against Trans people as entertainment and propagate on the Internet as viral hits.

„#BritLitBerlin 2017 - Diverse Voices, New Directions“: The 32nd British Council Literature Seminar focused on Diverse Voices, New Directions and looked at diversity in writing and access to publishing. Bernardine Evaristo, Professor of Creative Writing at Brunel University London chaired the event.
  • "Youth Writes Poems": The final round and presentation of the results of a literature competition of the 'Polish Women in Economics and Culture' Association
  • In 2016, the internationally renowned American comedian, Hari Kondabolu, presented his programme in the auditorium of the Werkstatt der Kulturen.
  • "Carnival of Literatures - Planet Crime": with readings which were full of suspense, spoken word performances, concerts and panel discussions. The Anglophone Literature Festival was organised in cooperation with the University of Potsdam in the summer of 2016 and cast its literary net wide to discuss socially relevant topics from North and South in the context of an interdependent world. The focus was on crime fiction from the global South.
  • The Muslim author, Fereshta Ludin, a long-time member of the „Werkstatt Religionen und Weltanschauungen“, ("Workshop Religions and Worldviews"), presented her autobiographical book "May I show who I am" , in 2016.
  • Numerous cooperation events also rely on the medium of words, e.g.
    the discussion series "Racism in the Courtroom" which was organised with the victim counselling organisation ‘Reach Out Berlin’. This organisation analysed trial protocols and discussed strategies of trial observation.
  • The lecture and discussion cycle jointly organised with the Jewish/Islamic ‘Salaam-Shalom Initiative’, explored current issues in the field of anti-Semitism and anti-Islamism.Historical topics from Korea, Japan and Germany are regularly on the agenda of the ‘Korea-Verband e.V’.
  • The symposium „Wann, wenn nicht jetzt?“ ("When, if not now?"), with RAA Berlin presented new approaches, projects and studies which focus on a retroactive justice for the Sinti and Roma in the field of education.
  • Our guest events in the ‘Word’ category are mostly conferences, meetings, workshops, further education, such as the exchange of expertise among professional staff - "Commitment without Borders" of the Kreuzberger Initiative against Anti-Semitism (KIgA e.V.)
  • The expert forum, “Demokratie leben”, (transl. Living democracy), of the Forschungsinstitut “Betriebliche Bildung GmbH” (transl. Research Institute for Vocational Education and Training).
  • The conference, “Bildungsbausteine gegen antimuslimischen Rassismus,”(transl.“Educational building blocks against anti-Muslim racism”) of the University of Landshut & the Bildungsteams Berlin-Brandenburg e.V


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