Aug 17–21, 2011
Festival Über Lebenskunst
101 hours at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and in the city of Berlin
The crisis as an opportunity! Man-made climate change creates new perspectives on our local lifestyles and our understanding of global policy. Can a new "art of living" also ensure our survival? How do we define "good living" given the global ecological crisis? And how can we bring about a cultural change in habits and behaviour?
In cooperation with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, the German Federal Cultural Foundation initiated the multi-part Über Lebenskunst project which has been bringing together actors from widely varying disciplines to identify existing strategies and develop models of sustainable living fit for day-to-day life. During the Festival Über Lebenskunst, which spans 101 hours, artists, scientists and activists will turn the Haus der Kulturen der Welt into a place where visitors of all ages can try out the sustainable "art of living" around the clock. This "art of living" combines the enjoyment of life with active involvement – starting with a regional breakfast at the Haus, through to workshops, installations and excursions all the way to spending the night in temporary shelters.