|The Goethe-Institut Madrid and the Instituto Cervantes Berlin present participar.de, the 5th Spanish-German Cultural Encounter|
||Kick-Off at the Goethe-Institut Madrid on 17 May|
Participar.de will be the fifth Spanish-German cultural encounter between the Goethe-Institut and the Instituto Cervantes. In times of growing alienation and disenchantment with the traditional ruling institutions, especially the younger generations have looked for new forms of raising their voices. Off the beaten path they have taken their expression of opinion to new organisational structures, into the virtual world or onto the streets. In both countries, Spain and Germany, enormous amounts of people protesting against specific political projects or general developments are a relatively new phenomenon.
All sectors of arts have been heavily affected by budget cutbacks as a direct result of the global financial crisis. As a consequence, discussions about new value systems as a counterbalance to rampant deregulation have been on the agenda of these groups for some years now. In 2010, the Spanish-German cultural encounter with the title “Art and Crisis“ addressed this topic during a three-day conference.
Two years later and against the background of new movements of participation gaining importance, participar.de aims to be a platform for interconnected groups of artists. The idea is to run the project as an integrated unity. This includes a call for tenders, an interactive website, workshops and public presentations of the projects. This format will allow for a network of knowledge exchange to become reality. The aim is to strengthen the intercultural dialogue between Spain and Germany. Furthermore, the people in both countries shall be encouraged to discuss the topic of civil involvement and, within the framework of the call for tenders, enter proposals for art projects.
After a first kick-off at the Instituto Cervantes Berlin, the Goethe-Institut in Madrid will present participar.de on Thursday, 17 May at 11:00 hrs in its premises (Calle Zurbarán 21). In October 2012, public workshops and the selected projects will be in the focus of further events taking place in the two capital cities.
All facts and information can be found on the website:
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