48 Stunden Fahne
Foto: Martin Steffens

A very warm welcome

27 - 29 June 2014

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  • Our Mission Statement

    48 Stunden Neukölln is a forum for projects in all conceivable artistic disciplines found in the art scene in Berlin. The festival both presents and supports art, thereby contributing to  discussions of ideas effecting society at large while also reflecting said society. All segments of the local population get involved, regardless of age, ethnic background or  social standing. Art here is something more than what's on view in galleries and museums during 48 Stunden. The festival brings not only a variety of disciplines, but also people together, as they view art which relays important ideas. This manifests itself in discursive, participatory and interdisciplinary projects, which are a festival priority. At the same though, there is also a focus on art for art's sake – including the conditions under which art is made, techniques used as well as the social function that art can serve. The festival endeavours to explore all potential forms of contemporary artistic expression, including ways of dealing with political issues in the arts.

  • Our Thematic Focus

    How can a festival of the arts like 48 Stunden Neukölln deal with the issues facing a society in the process of changing fundamentally? Our festival theme in 2014 deals with this issue, Courage, in both a programmatic as well as an experimental way:
    Together with artists active in the area, we'll open up discussion to reflect societal issues in the framework of the festival, while also providing everyone involved with opportunities to reflect on his or her own personal role in these developments. We intend to discuss or point out what is 'courageous' and define what limits exist, all the while incorporating new critiques of the situation as it is. Often, societal developments lead to resignation since the courage necessary is lacking: as a result, any sense of freedom beyond freedom for commercial interests may be left by the wayside. Urgent questions persist, such as: how open is our society? What freedoms are currently guaranteed under the rules that control co-existence?

  • NEW: Festival of Young Arts

    This year, for the first time, 48 Stunden Neukölln also includes a Festival of Young Arts. Children, young people and families can marvel at around 50 art projects including not just paintings, but sculptures, theatre plays and films made either by young people or artists. Many of the activities taking place in this framework are also participatory, such as workshops and adventurous excursions. On Friday at 4pm we'll kick off with a table football tournament for various youth organisations at Bally Wulff, Maybachufer 48-51.