Apply now: International Summer Workshop 2017

Apply now: International Summer Workshop 2017 “The Many Faces of Freedom”
Sat 26th of August – Mon 4th of September 2017 at Stiftung wannseeFORUM
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This year we are once again inviting over 40 young people between the ages of 17 and 26 from Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Spain and Italy to our International Summer Workshop at wannseeFORUM in Berlin. Our programm consists of ten days of international youth exchange through artistic workshops and group activities to our topic „The Many Faces of Freedom“.

At a glance:

During the International Summer Workshop you can …

    • get to know youths from all over Europe
    • investigate different aspects of the topic of „Freedom“ together
    • work with professional artists and participate in small groups of intense artistic workshops
    • develop a final public presentation with your group
    • initiate group activities
    • enjoy our beautiful lakeside premises and delicious cuisine
    • discover Berlin

More about the topicprogrammeregistration.

Theatre performance ISW 2016
What is it about?

Our topic „The Many Faces of Freedom“ discusses a theme that is ever present in our lives, one which is generally considered one of the core European values: Freedom. Freedom is a “mircaculous beast” (as once sung by Austrian singer-songwriter Georg Danzer), and a highly disputed value with many faces, one which all parts of society and every political movement want to claim as their own. Starting from current Europe-wide controversies around the topic of freedom (e.g. the conflict between freedom and security, the threats to the freedom of the press and opinion, the increasing fortification of the EU’s outer borders) we will deal with political and social core topics of living together in today’s European societies, and beyond.

From Rosa Luxemburg we know that “Freedom is always and exclusively freedom for the one who thinks differently”, but in times of increasing social and political polarisation and radicalisation it seems more and more difficult to live by this rule. Where does my own freedom end, and where does other people’s freedom begin? Who may decide where this border lies? And what do people in our European partner countries think and feel about this topic?

Music workshop ISW 2016
Our programme

We will be spending ten days in our international group together at wannseeFORUM. Every day we will delve deeper into the topic of „The Many Faces of Freedom“ in our group and in the artistic workshops of 8 to 11 participants. Under the guidance of professional artists you will develop and create an art project using your ideas, research and experiences, which will be publicly presented at the end of the seminar.
Building the artistic groups will take place on the second day of the exchange in the entire group and for every participating country we have reserved 2-3 places in each workshop group.
Apart from the daily workshop programm there will also be shared activities and excursions to the Berlin center. At wannseeFORUM we have a theatre hall, different studios, and beautiful lakeside grounds at our disposal.

Planned artistic workshops (may be subject to change):
Music, dance, theatre, physical theatre/Commedia dell’arte, visual arts
(more information on the workshops will be released in June)

Partner organisations 2017:
Poland: MDK Torun / Teatr UHURU, Gryfino
Czech Republic: Gymnasium Rožnov pod Radhoštem
Spain: Centro de Investigación Flamenco Telethusa (CIFT), Cádiz
Italy: P.E.CO. – Progetti Europei di Cooperazione, Genova

English,  German and any other language you feel will help you communicate

Dance performance ISW 2016
Sign up

We would ask participants who live in Germany to apply directly through our Online Form. Participants from Poland, Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic are asked to sign up through our partner organisations.

At a glance: our most important terms and conditions of participation:

  • you are between the ages of 17 to 26 during the time period of the seminar
  • you are interested in our topic for this year’s seminar
  • you would like to develop or discover artistic skills
  • you are interested in working artistically, learning and living with a diverse group
  • you understand and speak enough English to order a meal
  • you have the time to plan a small assignment (e.g. using online exchange) with the rest of the German group before the seminar starts
  • you are interested in developing the communal living of the group
  • No previous artistic skills necessary.

We consider different factors when selecting participants from Germany (for example, age, gender, previous visits etc.) to ensure a diverse mix of people. The deadline to sign up is 17 July 2017 (after that it will only be possible to apply in case there are still places available). After filling out the sign up form you will be redirected to a confirmation message for the moment. At a later time we will send you either a participation confirmation or a refusal, depending on our number of applicants, per email.
This is the link to the complete version of the terms and conditions to participating (AGB) and the link to the sign up form.

Costs: 130 € (for participants living in Germany) / 100 € (for participants from partner countries), incl. accommodation (4 meals per day) und overnight stay in mostly 2- to 3-bed-rooms with personal bathrooms.
Thanks to our funding through the “Erasmus+ / YOUTH IN ACTION” EU-programme we can reimburse travel costs up to 80%.
wannseeFORUM aims to support the participation of refugees with a reduced participation fee. Please contact the seminar leader for further information.

Contact: Lukas Macher, Email contact , Tel.: +49 /(0)30 – 806 80 21

The International Summer Workshop 2017 is supported through the European Union, „Erasmus+/ YOUTH IN ACTION“ programme

as well as the Berlin Senate department of Education, Youth, and Families