general shift in public discurse – questions and strategies for workers in the arts
Dinner and debate on Monday 17th June at 8.30 pm in the tent on the theatre forecourt.
In Europe there has been a rhetorical shift – and Arts, Cultural and Social policy needs to engage with it. In an inhospitable environment, having a communications and action strategy isn’t enough on its own; first of all Arts and Cultural leaders and institutions need to agree a common position.
The 35th WESTWIND-Festival has created a programme under the banner "Open Society". On Monday 17th June at 8.30pm we will discuss ideas and share experiences together over dinner. Berlin-based author and theatre maker Simone Dede Ayivi, Lenard Suermann of the Mobile Counsel Against Right-wing Extremism and Philip Husemann, Managing Director of the "Open Society" Initiative, will provide stimulus arising from their areas of work. What’s the best way to establish what’s really happening in NRW? Where is the enthusiasm for the New Right coming from? How does structural racism contribute to the emergence and strengthening of this ominous shift in public discourse. What does it mean for theatre aimed at younger audiences? What experiences have Children’s and Young People’s theatres encountered and what challenges do they face? Dramaturge Kirstin Hess moderates the Tabletalk.