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Berlin Mondiale, Photo: Jan von Holleben
Prinzessinnengärten, Berlin-Kreuzberg 2012, Photo: Marco Clausen / Prinzessinnengarten
Rakman Ahmeti at Bauklempnerei & Dachdeckerei Ronny Emmerich, © Marily Stroux

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Berlin Mondiale: My House Is Your House

Refugees & cultural institutions: Collaboration in the arts

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Since autumn of 2014, the Haus Leo refugee house and the HKW have opened their doors to each other, creating joint projects with Haus Leo residents on working and living.

“My House Is Your House.” In Latin America, guests are welcomed with the saying “Mi casa es tu casa.” The refugee shelter Haus Leo and HKW took this as their motto when they opened their doors to each other in fall 2014. With the refugees, needs are assessed. These include school vacation offerings for children and stable contacts with Berlin neighbors. Living and working are the pressing issues. HKW is developing artistic strategies to address these challenges in response to the question: what does it take to better integrate refugees in the city? An interim conclusion, after the first five months of the project: visions of the future, shared experience, and common places are needed.

BERLIN MONDIALE brings children, adolescents, and young adults who have fled their homelands into contact with Berliners active in the area of arts and culture. The aim of these creative encounters is to help break the refugees’ isolation by giving them a place in the city as full-fledged members of our society. Haus der Kulturen der Welt is one of seven cultural institutions participating in this initiative. Haus Leo is a residential hostel in the Moabit district for refugees. It houses 75 refugees, including 25 children and youth, from Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq, Iran, Serbia, Syria, and Chechnya.

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BERLIN MONDIALE is a project of the Rat für die Künste Berlin in cooperation with the Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln e.V. With advisory support by the Flüchtlingsrat Berlin e.V.
Sponsored within the Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung.
Haus Leo is a project of the Berliner Stadtmission. Partner for “My Garden Is Your Garden” are the Prinzessinnengärten.