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19-20 (Thu-Fri) October 2017
Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem, Ein Rogel 22
Dear Friends and Partners,
It is with great pleasure that we invite you to our 2017 Partners Conference, the 14th WBC Annual Conference. This represents an opportunity for us to reflect on the past year’s activities, to exchange experiences, and also to look to the future; asking the question, how do we continue to create peace while surrounded by conflict?
Jerusalem, the site of our house and the centre of much of our work, lies at the heart of the conflict, and it might be said that without focusing on this city, there can be no true progress. This year’s conference will focus on this complex and wonderful place, with workshops, panels, exhibitions, a guided district tour and networking opportunities.
We also look forward to celebrating another year of our project with all of you, remembering that as well as the work we do, it is the connections we make through it that truly define our success.
Further information will be sent closer to the event in October, to registered guests.
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Your Team at Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem
Dear friends of the Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem,
Germany‘s Federal Elections are coming up on September 24th 2017!
Join us for an ELECTION NIGHT VIEWING PARTY!
Let’s celebrate with food and drinks while the electoral map is beeing decided.
SUN, SEP 24, 18:30-22 PM // FREE
Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem
Ein Rogel Street
Katharina Asbrock is the new Social Art and Communication’s Project Coordinator at WBC.
She has spent recent years working in Berlin’s political landscape, and was on the communications team at the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees, and Integration at the Federal Chancellery (Bundeskanzleramt).
Katharina’s first encounter with the WBC, Jerusalem, Israel & Palestine was about 10 years ago – “and I was – stunned!” she remembers. Back then she was living three months as a volunteer in East Jerusalem, in the district of Silwan. This experience has paved her way back to the WBC: “It was a big challenge that taught me to always be open-minded and stay tenacious. And most importantly I realized that future visions need a safe space to grow.”
As a theatre science and comparative literature graduate, Katharina concentrates on building new collaborations with Palestinian and Israeli artists in order to conduct a rich array of the arts for the WBC. Furthermore, she aims to create a safe space that inspires and allows people with different backgrounds and from diverse cultures to connect through art.
“What may sometimes appear unattainable in political diplomacy can perhaps be achieved through the language of the arts”, she says.
Shaked Sabag-Barel is an artist and activist. “I know how difficult it can get to find performance and exhibition space here in Jerusalem, which is off the beaten track yet unique, inviting and inclusive”. She believes the WBC is a place that can provide the surrounding and space needed for that and she’s excited to join the Social Art team at the WBC.
Shaked is an actress and dancer, currently studying Dance Movement Therapy (M.A.A.T) in David Yellin Academic College of Education, Jerusalem. Prior to that she graduated in theatre studies at Tel Aviv University (2009-2012).
Katharina and Shaked are delighted to introduce their new program and start their season’s activities.
You are invited to follow us on our website, Facebook, and twitter – and if you are in Jerusalem, don’t miss out on the music program, exhibitions, performances or lectures. For cooperation, questions and inquiries, feel free to contact Katharina:
I learned to love with all my heart, to cry when needed, and to create all the time, with no fear.
I learned again that we are all human beings, not so different, no matter where we come from, we are one. This project made me believe, in full heart that art can change the world.” (Noa)
Since many years the Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem has engaged in international exchanges with young artists, writers and musicians. This projects take place as cooperation with other cultural associations and/or art schools in Jerusalem and abroad.
In summer 2016, the Willy Brandt Center, together with the “Musrara School of Art Jerualem” and the Berlin based cultural association “Drei Wünsche Frei” invited young art students to work in a collaborative creative artistic processes about “Diversity”.
As a result of this wonderful encounter we have published a book with poetry and photography.
D!versity* – Poetry, Fragments & Photography
Hardcover, 100 pages, Englisch with Hebrew and Arabic
Published by Support association Willy Brandt Zentrum e.V. in cooperation with
Center for International Encounters Jerusalem, Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem, Drei Wünsche Frei-Studio für kulturelle Praxis, Berlin un dMusrara-The Naggar Multidisciplinary School of Art & Society, Jerusalem
Funded within the framework of the EUROPEANS FOR PEACE programme of the Foundation EVZ (Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft/ Remembrance, Responsibility and Future).
You’re Amazing, But You’re not.
You’re Beautiful , But You’re not.
You’re Cute, But You’re not.
You’re sexy, But You’re not.
You’re Happy, But You’re not.
You’re Sad, But You’re not.
You’re Small, But You’re not.
You’re Tall, But You’re not.
You’re Thin, But You’re not.
You’re Thick, But You’re not.
You’re Sick, But You’re not.
You’re Fat, But You’re not.
You’re Ugly, But You’re not.
It’s My Body… But It’s not…
It’s My Body …But It’s not…Your Bussiness!
(Sara Iona Yassin)
On June, 8 we presented the book at the Theater Expedition Metropolis.
Fotos: Stefanie Brachtin/Stiftung EVZ/Europeans for Peace
The occasion was the visit of the section for Human Geography of University of Hamburg in Jerusalem. The Willy Brandt Center took this opportunity and brought together experts and activists for a critical exchange about the history, development and current status of Jerusalem. The idea was to gather activists and experts on the history, development and status of Jerusalem to exchange and discuss. Several NGOs as well as academics provided both perspectives, academic and activist.
The focus of the discussion has been placed on the division of the city and how to overcome it. The aim was to elucidate the big question characterizing this unique city. Reflecting on a vision for Jerusalem will include revising the role of NGOs and the one of academia and what kinds of intervention make sense in these times. The event included a lecture by Prof. Dr. Shlomo Hasson (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and presentations by NGOs Ir Amim and Bimkom.
As every year the partner organizations of the educational project sent members to one of the biggest LGBT Seminars in Europe. It’s a pleasure to see our partners in the Educational Center Kurt Löwenstein Haus near Berlin mixing up with other young people from around the world to sharpen their conscious about LGBT topics and make the struggle for LGBT rights an international one.
Willy Brandt Center celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Educational Project! Ten years of this project means ten years of cooperation and partnership between four youth movements of the Middle East. The toughest standpoint in a conflict zone is to advocate for peace and dialogue. This exactly is the commitment of IFM SEI – Middle East Cooperation from its very first steps till today.
The visit of the presidium of IFM-SEI gave opportunity not only to celebrate that anniversary but to elaborate the history of the cooperation: Its milestones and achievements as well as its hard times and difficulties and why we never think about giving up!
As Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem, there’s nothing left to say but: Respect and thanks for the trust to let us be part of this unique process and shining example of peace education! We are looking forward to accompany your struggle for the coming ten years and still optimistic that it won’t be long until the Educational Project’s position will be standard.
Ajyal and Independence Youth Union (IYU) are an Arab Israeli and Palestinian youth movements respectively. These two longstanding partners of the Educational Project came together for a shared seminar in Jericho. 50 young leaders of both organizations exchanged on the similarities and differences of both movements and respective societies. Two days of workshops and discussions were rounded off with a trip to some of the most stunning sights of one of the oldest cities in the world. Thanks for letting Willy Brandt Center be part of such amazing events – we’re already looking forward to a follow-up!
The MA Program Intellectual Encounters of the Islamicate World from Freie Universität Berlin graced Willy Brandt Center Jerusalem with a visit promoting their program of study. Its social-scientific approach is to emphasize the philosophical and intellectual common ground and relations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity. For Students from Israel and Palestine it offers generous scholarships and support. The board of directors as well as the IT specialist of the program presented this outstanding program to an interested public.
On occasion of the visit of the Human Geography of University of Hamburg, the Willy Brandt Center brngs experts and activists together for a conversation on the history, development and current status of Jerusalem.
What can be the role of academia and civil society? What kinds of intervention make sense in these times. What form of interventions are useful today?