Berlin Stories | 13 June-20 June

News and events from our community in Berlin.

By Staff

Our latest updates for the week ahead.

Campaign: Bridges Over Borders, a project which supports BIPoC, LGBTQIA+ and other marginalised individuals fleeing the war in Ukraine, are seeking support after a partner NGO has failed to maintain the payments needed to house their clients. Bridges Over Borders are now looking for emergency short or long-term housing for the individuals. Get in touch if you may know ways to help. More info here.

Project: STRÜKTÜR is a new Berlin-based independent platform for situated and diasporic artistic production and imagination from Turkey. It has just launched an open call for its first program, the Artistic Research Residency, running from 1 October to 1 December 2024 in partnership with ABA Air Berlin Alexanderplatz. The selected artist will have the unique opportunity to spend two months in Berlin, where they can advance their research-based practice, expand their professional network, and reach new audiences.

Campaign: Following the tragic death of Nurideen Abdullah Nasir at the hands of security at YAAM, a campaign is fighting for justice, seeking additional witnesses and more transparency in the case, and calling for the responsible members of security and management firm Kult e.V to face suitable accountability. The campaign also describes how Kult e.V have allowed YAAM to become a place “where black culture is exploited rather than appreciated.” Read the latest campaign statement here.

Event: On Thursday, June 13th, Kreuzberg’s Malaysian & Singaporean restaurant Ma-Makan will be serving baked goods, curry puffs and nasi bungkus in support of families in Gaza, who will be receiving aid boxes from your donations. There will also be t-shirts on sale by Yenny Grant. More info here.

Event: SAVVY Contemporary invites Between Bridges for the launch of W'AHU this Friday 14th June. The freshly released title, which roughly translates to “have you seen?”, showcases some of Ghana's most diverse communities. The magazine aims to celebrate and amplify marginalised voices, including those of activists, artists, stylists, photographers and writers in Accra today. The event is free to attend. More info can be found here.

Campaign: From Monday 17th June to Thursday 20th June, we will mark Refugee Week by airing shows with the theme of "Our Home" (2PM-4PM daily). On Monday, we will host a conversation between RBL and migrants of Kurdish, Afghan and Nigerian descent before Tuesday’s slot features a conversation between Stegi radio and Nikos Deji Odubitan from Generation 2.0, and Oska Paul. On Wednesday, Refuge Worldwide’s Nicky Böhm is in discussion with writer Hiba Obaid and Mohamed Badarne. Ola, a radio from Marseille, take care of Thursday’s broadcast with Ramina as their guest.

Food: Berlin's famous 'Thaipark' was evicted earlier this year by the city's CDU-Green coalition, but last week reopened under a new alias, Thai Street Food Market, on Württembergische Straße. Open weekly Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 to 21:00.

Event: On Friday 21st, we celebrate Berlin's annual Fête de la Musique at Niemetzstraße in collaboration with International Rescue Committee. This free-to-attend and family friendly event will involve six live performances between 4PM and 10PM. More info here.

Oona: Throughout the next week our home-turf at Weserstr. 166 will host: Bridontknow and friends on Saturday, ICKPA Festival on Wednesday 19 June and next Thursday 20 June evening we will welcome in 20 Seconds magazine to celebrate the release of their 7th Issue. Check out our full events' schedule here. There will be a book launch of Refugee Week’s book 'Wanas' by Hiba Obaid and Mohamed Badarne at Oona Bar from 6PM on Thursday 20th June.