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Refugees and the Fear of the Other. Contemporary art from Middle and Eastern Europe. What has been a scandal in Bratislava – now to see in Berlin!

Europe has become a refuge for the disregarded and persecuted people in the regions of war and conflict all over the world. The whole of Europe? No, a big part of European populations is frightened by strangers and refuses to welcome refugees. The fear of the unknown stirs up emotions and partly evokes xenophobic affects. Especially in Eastern parts of Europe, a majority of the populations balk at the reception of refugees – while their governments make use of this tense atmosphere by strengthening an increasingly populist and authoritarian style of politics.

Publications

For three years, the project "HEICO - Heritage, Identity and Communication in Contemporary European Art Practices" focussed on the border crossing, cultural exchange. With partners in Germany, the Slovak Republic, Bulgaria, Moldova, Georgia and Armenia the themes of borderland, border experiences, war experience, the heritage of differing cultures and the same political system, belonging, foreignness and identity are key terms and common elements of the east- and south European home regions of our partner institutions were adressed. These experiences have an impact on the practise of contemporary art, where they are reflected or continued, and create something new and shared.
Within the project exhibitions and seminars were held. This publication documents the work of all the partner institutions in the HEICO project.

The success of urban climate protection measures largely depends upon the participation of the population. The new publication of the PUC project examines and discusses both theoretical contributions as well as practical experiences, a framework for citizen participation in various European countries.

Recent articles

From June 21, 2015 till September 6, 2015 Rohkunstbau presents its twenty-first edition. Themed “apocalypse” and set against the historic backdrop of Schloss Roskow in the District of Potsdam-Mittelmark, the exhibition presents eleven artists from eight nations.

Over the past years Europe has met several deep crises. Through the lens of crises and by encouraging people engaged in the artistic and cultural sector, insights as well as alternative models, know-how and future concepts are going to be developed. An interactive virtual exhibition platform will open the results of the project to a wider European public

For two decades Rohkunstbau has been the fabulous exhibition for contemporary art in Brandenburg – now it’s time for a “Revolution”.  The twentieth exhibition is dedicated to the theme of "revolution" and runs from July 6 till September 21 2014 in Roskow castle.

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The UN climate conference in Warsaw was the COP with the lowest expectations ever and lived up to that in every respect. What were the issues discussed and decisions taken? Who is to blame for the stalemate?

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Today there are more than 500 “official” Transition Town initiatives in more than 38 countries, and several thousand more are in the process of formation. But what is it that makes the Transition model so attractive for so many extremely different people and cultures?

Heinrich-Böll-Foundation Brandenburg

Welcome to the new website of the Heinrich-Böll-Foundation Brandenburg!

It's been a long way to convert and remodel our internet presence but we're glad about its very new and modern appearance. On this site we feature our current international projects and the key aspects of our educational activity.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. We look forward to your feedback, ideas and questions.

The team of the Heinrich-Boell-Foundation Brandenburg

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