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Haus der Kulturen der Welt
This is the discussion forum of the House of World Cultures, Berlin. It has been set up for you to communicate and share ideas. It is open to the public and offers all visitors a forum for exchange on topics concerning world cultures, intercultural dialogue, globalization, international art and politics.
We welcome your contributions and questions on these and other subjects as well as your feedback and comments about hkw.de, the internet platform of the House of World Cultures in Berlin.
The House of World Cultures is one of the leading centres for contemporary and modern art of non-European origin, and provides a platform for projects and themes transcending borders and frontiers. The House enjoys an excellent reputation at home and abroad for its innovative and experimental presentations and events within the fields of the fine arts, dance, theatre, film, literature, performances, music and multimedia, as well as for its international conferences. Projects are conceived, developed and carried out in close co-operation with international curators and artists. The programme of the House of World Cultures reflects the changing international conditions. By developing new forms of interdisciplinary artistic co-operation, it is opening laboratories of the future.
The emphasis of the House of World Cultures' programme lies on contemporary arts and current developments in the cultures of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. On account of global transcultural processes and international migration, the focus of the programme has been widened over the last few years and encompasses the artistic and cultural consequences of globalization. To this effect, the work of the House of World Cultures has become even more international. Today, it reflects the cultural transformation process through the Black Culture Movement in the United States just as much as cultural and artistic transformations in Germany and Europe on the back of migration. A conference on the cultural implications of the Kosovo conflict is just as much part of the thematic of the House of World Cultures as a multimedia installation of the Japanese group Dumb Type or an exhibition such as "The Short Century", which uniquely documented the independence and liberation movement in Africa.