Berlin's refugees are being invited to participate in Wilkommensklassen: free weekly theatre workshops, organized by the prestigious Berlin State Opera (Staatsoper) in Germany's capital.
His video "Who are these Germans?" has been viewed more than 600,000 times. In his small office in Friedrichshain, the Syrian refugee and Youtuber – who has lived in Berlin for two-and-a-half years – talks to us about his past in Syria, his new Youtube channel "Zukar" and his relationship with "these Germans".
In the heart of the sea brings to the genre of action adventure films something that has been sorely missing: uncharted territory. In an ocean of films about survival against the elements - with our without perilous beasts - there are precious few about, wait for it, whaling. It's a thrilling ride.
Alice Phoebe Lou, a 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Cape Town, South Africa has been performing on the streets of Berlin since 2013. A beautiful performance at TEDx Berlin that same year went viral and took her music beyond the German capital. Towards worldwide fame and fortune? Not if she can help it. Alice talks street performance in Europe, social awareness and protest music.
The number of people with foreign passports living in Hungary has steadily grown in the last ten years. The largest migration group in Hungary are Germans, comprising roughly two per cent of the Hungarian population. We met up with a number of them in Budapest.
Twenty-five-year-old Xavier Dolan, now with five films under his belt, was discovered in France after the release of his second feature, a film about a Jules and Jim-style love triangle called "Heartbeats". With his 2014 Jury Prize-winning "Mommy", Dolan is setting his sights on a wider European audience.
On February 6th, 1989 the envoys of Solidarność (the Polish opposition and democratic underground) sat at a round table with the communist regime to talk things over. The Polish Round Table Talks marked a new beginning not only for Poland, but also for the rest of the countries under communist rule.
Overcoming internal crises can be difficult. Living in a world connected through the internet and media begs the question: how similar or different are the internal crises we harbor to those of others. This fall, those inner crises will be brought to light through an anthology of short stories written by authors from across the globe.
In 1969, David Bowie emerged like an exotic bird on to the mainstream music scene — spreading his bejewelled wings among a crowd of common pigeons. He birthed an intellectual pop which spoke of other worlds, bended gender and shocked conservative Britain. Now in the age of manufactured pop and MTV lifestyles, can anyone give us what Bowie gave his generation or is the pop star dead?
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