Gangway Fachkräfteaustausch in Detroit - We are in the middle of it....

September 2017 

By Katharina - Gangway e.V. (JobInn,Pankow)


"Ich geh doch nicht für nen Saft auf nen market."

( vor beyond juicery+eatery auf dem eastern market )

"Ey, ne Straßenbahn !"

(Während der Autofahrt)

"Also ich hab mir Echinazia gekauft."

(Bei Rite Aid an der Kasse)

"I don't care about that."

 (weezer- Buddy Holly ) 

"Vorbei mit Menschen"

(Während der Einfahrt in unsere Straße)

"I Fall in Love with Art"

(Casa del Colores) 

"Alter, ist das kalt hier"

(inside the Restaurant "slows BarBQ Detroit)

Was steckt hinter der Geschichte von Detroit und welchen Effekt hat sie auf heute? Was hält die Stadt bereit für Menschen, die Lust haben ihre Businessideen zu verwirklichen? Welchen Einfluss hat die Politik auf die ökonomische Entwicklung der Stadt? Und gibt es in Detroit einen Fahrradverleih?

Diese Fragen und noch viele mehr beantwortete uns heute Craig Donnelly von "TechTown" / Wayne University Detroit    / local Hero from the City of Detroit 

Danach gings zum eastern market- dem kulinarischen Zentrum Detroits, das alle Foodi-Herzen höher schlagen lässt.

Auch fashionistas kommen auf ihre Kosten.

Nach einem spannenden Ausflug in die Welt von "Whole foods ", der uns gezeigt hat, dass ein BBQ vor einem Biomarkt auch einfach mal ne Breakdance Party sein kann, kamen wir zum Highlight des Tages: Casa del Colores! Wenn ihr junge Menschen einer Kultur-Community kennenlernen wollt, die Kunst lieben und sich nicht einfach mit den Umständen, in die sie hineingeboren wurden, abfinden wollen, sondern richtig Bock auf kreatives Empowerment haben, dann checkt die Leute von "Culture Creator". 

Detroit ist einfach nur geil! 


September 2017

By Kathrina - Gangway e.V. (JobInn, Pankow)

“I ain´t going to some market for juice"

(in front of “beyond juicery + eatery” at eastern market)

"Yo, a tram!"

(While driving)

"So I bought some Echinazia."

(At Rite Aid at the checkout counter)

"I don´t care about that."

 (weezer- Buddy Holly)

“It´s over with people"

(While entering our street)

"I fell in love with art"

(Casa del Colores)

"Dude, is it cold here"

(Inside the Restaurant "slows BarBQ” Detroit)

What is behind the history of the city of Detroit and what effect does it have on today? What does the city have to offer to people who have a desire and drive to realise their business ideas? What influence does politics have on the economic development of the city? And are there any bicycle rentals in Detroit?

It is Craig Donnelly of "TechTown" / Wayne University Detroit / local Hero from the City of Detroit /

who is answering these and many more questions of ours today

After our conversation at “TechTown” it was on to Eastern Market - the culinary center of Detroit, which makes all food lovers hearts beat just a bit faster. And the “fashionistas” of our group also get their money's worth.

After an exciting excursion into the world of "Whole foods", which showed us that a BBQ in front of an organic food store can also just be a breakdance party, we arrived at the highlight of our day: Casa del Colores! If you want to get to know young people from a culture community who love art and who simply won´t settle for what living conditions they happened to be born into would like to dictate to them but who instead have a strong focus on creative empowerment, check out the people of “We are Culture Creators”.

Detroit is just awesome!

TT-Thank you Detroit

Be-troit The Record Release Party

Two years in the making and it all boils down to this…quit an emotional night, quite an amazing concert and quite an amazing crowd…

2 Jahre an Arbeit investiert und alles kommt an einem Abend auf die Bühne, ein sehr emotionaler Abend, ein sehr schönes Konzert und ein sehr geiles Publikum….

Be-troit in Berlin day 4...

No events…all about sight seeing, barbecues and hanging out with friends….Rest before tomorrow´s record release party!

Keine Veranstaltungen…heute ging es nur um Sightseeing und mit Freunden Chillen…ein Tag zum ausruhen vor der morgigen Record Release Party!

Be-troit performance in the rain

Today was perhaps the busiest day we will have for the remainder of our stay here. This morning we went to the Alice Salomon University to screen the #Betroit movie followed by a panel discussion. After a small afternoon break we went to the Tempelhofer Feld for a performance with the Stiftung LuftbrückenDank. It was slated to begin at 7pm which was also the exact time it began to poor rain this afternoon.

Heute war der wohl vollste Tag des Aufenthaltes ingesamt. Heute Morgen waren wir an der Alice Salomon Hochschule um den #Betroit Film zu zeigen. Nach einer kurzen Pause ging es dann weiter zum Tempelhofer Feld für eine VA mit der Stiftung Luftbrückendank. Angesetzt war der begin für 19 Uhr, zu welcher auch die starken Regenshower begannen.

Be-troit day three...

We are well into our #Betroit event week in Berlin. Today has been a busy morning at Alice Salomon University already, a fact i will revisit in our blogpost later tonight. Right now i wanted to use the hour  i have available before tonights soundcheck to give a shout out to our new found friends and #Betroit family members Lena D. Thomas for helping our project out big time when we were in dire straights. Also to Julien Quentin who graciously invited us into his home for a magical evening of pizza, drinks, conversation and jam sessions…together with the amazing Rosanne Philippines they performed a piece for us that simply blew us all away…we are all still very much in awe!

Wir befinden uns bereits inmitten unserer #Betroit Veranstaltungswoche in Berlin. Heute Morgen waren wir bereits an der Alice Salomon Hochschule in Hellersdorf, ein Fakt auf den ich in unserer abendlichen Blog Post zurück kommen werde. Die Stunde die ich derzeit habe, bevor es mit dem Sound Check für unsere Abendveranstaltung los geht, wollte ich dazu nutzen uns bei unseren neue gefundenen Freunden und #Betroit Familienmitgliedern zu bedanken. Lena D. Thomas die unserem kleinen Projekt sehr geholfen hat als es gerade sehr schlecht aussah. Außerdem Julien Quentin der uns einfach mal zu sich nach Hause auf einen Abend voll von Pizza, Drinks, Gesprächen und Jam Sessions eingeladen hat…zusammen mit der wunderbaren Rosanne Philippens haben die beiden uns eine kleine Konzerteinlage geboten die uns alle einfach mal aus den Schuhen gehauen hat…wir sind alle immer noch zu tiefste beeindruckt!

Be-troit Documentary Premiere

Today we held our first official #Be-troit event, the documentary premiere. Thanks to all those who came out. The film will only be available on a small amount of flash drives for the time being. It´ll be submitted to film festivals before it will be available online...

Tomorrow will be the next very busy day with the #Be-troit Film Screening at Alice Salomon University at 11 am. Also, be sure to come out to Tempelhofer Feld for our Park Performance at 7pm...

Heute hatten wir unseren ersten offiziellen #Be-troit event mit der Uraufführung des zum Projekt gehörigen Dokumentarfilms. Danke an alle die da waren. Der Film wird vorerst nur auf einer kleinen Auflage von USB Sticks zu sehen sein, da er zunächst bei Film Festivals eingereicht werden soll bevor er dann online zu sehen sein wird.

Morgen wird ein ereignisreicher Tag. Zuerst mit einem Film Screening an der Alice Salomon Hochschule um 11 Uhr. Bitte unbedingt auch zu unserer Park Performance auf dem Tempelhofer Feld um 19 Uhr kommen...

Be-troit in Berlin day one...all about them rehearsals

Today our Be-troit family reunited in Berlin for the first time and went straight into rehearsal mode. Some of the Detroit based artists came in straight from the airport for what turned out to be a very productive day and an amazing reunion…the evening deserves its own blog post with some video footage so we won´ elaborate at this point. Let it suffice to say that we had a great night for the time being. Tomorrow we will get back into rehearsal mode before attending our first official Berlin event. The premiere of our Be-troit documentary at Centre Francais in Berlin, Wedding beginning at 7pm.

Be-troit in Berlin - the eve before it all begins

Detroit was holding us down last year. No doubt…let´s see if Berlin will be able to return the favour. While some artists have arrived others are at 35 thousand feet as we speak. Tomorrow we´ll hold our first rehearsal.

Be-troit about to land in Berlin

It has been a long time indeed...two years in fact...a lot has happened and it has been a struggle at times. Finding adequate funding has been "interesting" but no matter what the hurdles we have been able to overcome them. The first Be-troit artists from Detroit will begin arriving in Berlin tomorrow. Throughout the upcoming week we will share the fruits of our hard labor with different audiences throughout the city of Berlin and we will attempt to document the week accordingly. 

#Be-troit has been made possible with the support and financial contributions of the Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung, the Stiftung Luftbrückendank, the Goethe Institut Chicago, the U.S. Embassy Berlin and the generous financial contribution by a number of incredible individuals....

Black Lives Matter Berlin - June 2017

We are living in dangerous there is a blanket statement for every measure these are some scary times but in order to not get lost i´ll focus in on just one of the many pressing issues...while the world remains distracted by the latest brain fart our President has posted on Twitter and while i have to admit that it is quite funny seeing him sending his angry Spice baby out there to claim how "a select few know exactly what #Covfefe means"...while we are all either laughing, crying, throwing up or pulling out our hair due to these 24 hr "news bombardments" we have a bigot  and open racist as Attorney General of the United States  who is renewing the "war on drugs and crime" while privat prison stocks have soared since the beginning of this administration...2 million plus incarcerated, a number that will surely rise...#SlaveryByAnotherName and we ponder just what the fuck #Covfefe means...things are going to get a lot worse before they will get any better...what can we your local resistance movement, wherever you life...tonight i went to the kick off event for the #BlackLivesMatter Berlin chapter and while  coinciding projects won´t allow me to spend much time with their very exciting upcoming program it is  very exciting seeing these young people organise....#Resist and get involved!...thank you!

I am back....

...back in that place, back in that city where random strangers won´t think twice before telling you some of their most intimate stories simply because they  feel like it ,while there is a very strong possibility that they won´t have the faintest idea who you are the very next time your paths cross, which let´s face it is pretty unlikely in this jungle of a city...I am back in the city where people wear flip flops in pretty much any weather and/or situation, where your surrounded by masses and where people only sporadically look up from their cell phones, e-readers and I Pads to make sure no weirdo´s are staring at them any longer than they should...the city where you at once feel great by the multi-culturral sea of faces on the train while also feeling guilty, wondering what might happen to that homeless lady passed out on the bench that no one pays any attention to besides the occasional asshole who does´t do anything to help either but writes about it in some blog post no more than 10 people will ever read...the city where trendy bars full of happy people function as a windshield for the homeless guy making up his cardboard box for the night...i am back in that city i always want to be but never want to live in...that city where live is so exciting and at the same so fucking hard...and while the election of NY´s own Donald Trump has already turned to be the most incredible embarrassment in my life time it has at least given me a reason to come back here earlier than originally planned as we, the Goethe Institut NY, the Goethe Institut Chicago, the Guttman Community College and Gangwway e.V. are forging big plans for the coming years, plans that have been significantly altered by the populism that has washed over us all like some big wave of bullshit and plans that we will be very happy to announce once they have been finalised....for the next few days my life will consist of meetings and photography....and bagels, lots of bagels....

International Hip Hop youth diplomacy

Yes, our international Hip Hop diplomacy efforts continue...we have a lot on our plate for 2017...Detroit is coming to Berlin in June, the BronxBerlinConnection will be back in NYC in the fall, right now we are working things out with peeps in Paris (more on that later)...this last weekend we were delighted to host a few young Emcees from Copenhagen here in Berlin and we look forward to destroying some mics when we get there on the flip side #GangwayBeatz #StreetCollege #Gangwayev

Yes, unsere internationalen Hip Hop Interessen gehen steht einiges an 2017....Detroit kommt nach Berlin im Juni, BronxBerlinConnection ist back in NYC im Herbst, gerade tut sich was mit Paris (mehr dazu an anderer Stelle) diesem letzten Wochenende hatten wir die Ehre ein paar junge Emcees aus Kopenhagen in Berlin zu hosten und wir freuen uns drauf die dortigen Bühnen abzureißen wenn wir den Gegenbesuch starten...#GangwayBbeatz #StreetCollege #Gangwayev

Be-troit is coming to Berlin

Be-troit, the project, the idea

The cities of Berlin and Detroit are full of amazing artists. Very much in the same way in which Berlin was regarded as the subcultural capitol of the world some 15 or 20 years ago, when artists were flocking to it because of affordable space, bringing with them an incredible energy and of course many talents and abilities, you can feel a certain kind of energy when you travel to Detroit these days. It is rough and at the same time interesting and beautiful. Grimy and at the same time elegant and free. It is a place where devastation is still visible and along side of it there are opportunities. Opportunities for artists, activists and resistance movements to help turn the city into the magnificent place it could be in order to make things better for all of its residents. The newly elected president of the Unites States likes to paint things with broad brushes. When it comes to African Americans and African American communities he uses perhaps the biggest one of them all. „American carnage“, „gang members“, „crime“, his administration reduces us using negative code words which could easily be translated by using the other, less politically correct words of the past which he so obviously longs for. Be-troit is one in a long line of projects which would beg to differ. It wants to show what can emerge when you bring artists from all kinds of communities and backgrounds together in order to embark on cross cultural, artistic fertilisation in order to make babies called poems, songs, beats and rhymes.


From Sept 11 .-  Sept 20 2016 artists from Berlin and Detroit, poets, emcees, singer/songwriters, beat producers, came together in Detroit in order to get to know one another and to create. In June of this year we will get back together, this time in Berlin. There, we will share the album and the documentary we were able to shoot on location last year.

From June 4- June 11 we will present concerts, poetry readings, workshops and much more. The entire schedule as well as the trailer and snippet mashups from the upcoming album will be posted on our website later this spring.

#Be-troit is coming to Berlin and we look forward to seeing you all soon…


Global Ambassadors final day in NYC

It´s been an emotional day

It´s been an emotional day...after our final day together and the final presentation at Guttman Community College followed by some serious ping pong action it is late and i am at a bit of a loss for words...i will collect myself after dropping this bunch off at the airport tomorrow and share our results and´s been real!

Es war ein emotionaler Tag...nach unserem letzten gemeinsamen Tag zusammen und der Abschlusspräsentation, gefolgt von serious ping pong sessions ist es nun spät und mir fehlen außerdem auch ehrlich gesagt die Worte...ich werde mich sammeln nachdem ich diese Horde am Flughafen abgesetzt habe und danach Resultate und Schlussfolgerungen zum besten´s been real!


Global Ambassadors Field Research Weekend

Legendary cyphers

Last Friday some of our #GlobalAmbassadors had the honour of jumping into one of the amazing #LegendaryCiphers that went down at Union Square Park...much love to Miky Hustles, a #BronxBerlinConnection graduate and amazing emcee...your doing big things homey...#GlobalAmbassadors were conducting field research all weekend...the final presentation happens tomorrow night @ Guttman Community College


Letzten Freitag hatten eine paar unserer #GlobalAmbassadors die Chance an einer der #LegendaryCiphers im Union Square Park teilzunehmen...vielen Dank an Miky Hustles, ein ehem. BronxBerlinConnection Teilnehmer...du machst großartige Sachen homey...die #GlobalAmbassadors haben das gesamte Wochenende Feldforschung betrieben...der Abschlußvortrag findet Morgen Abend im Guttman Community College statt


Global Ambassadors day 5

visit to new heights academy, Harlem

What is a charter school? What is Bafög? Do you have the option to quit school after 10th grade in the US the same way you do in Germany? What does the situation for refugees look like in Berlin? What about illegal immigrants in Harlem and beyond? These and so many other questions are the ones our Ambassadors and students of the New Heights Academy in Harlem grappled with today right after we sat in on class. Thanks to the students and faculty for having us and for making us feel right at home. We are moving into the research part of #GlobalAbassadors but tonight around 9pm our Emcee and our Beatboxers will be hanging out and performing at Legendary Cyphers, Union Square Park....come on through if you happen to be in NYC...

Was ist eine Charter School? Was ist Bafög? Hat man in Amerika die Option nach der 10ten Klasse die Schule zu verlassen so wie in Deutschland? Wie ist die Situation für Flüchtlinge in Berlin? Und wie siehts aus mit illegalen Migranten in Harlem und darüber hinaus? Mit diesen und vielen anderen Fragen setzten sich unsere Botschafter heute zusammen mit Schülern der New Heights Academy in Harlem auseinander nachdem wir zuerst an ihrer Unterrichtsstunde teilnahmen. Vielen Dank an die Schüler und Lehrer. Wir haben uns super wohl gefühlt. Wir beginnen nun mit dem Forschungsteil von #GlobalAmbassadors aber vorher werden unser Rapper und unsere zwei Beatboxer heute Abend bei Legendary Cyphers Chillen und performen. Wenn ihr gerade in NYC seit....ab 20 Uhr im Union Square Park....


Global Ambassadors NYC day one

Global Ambassadors nyc day one

Intro “on a personal note”


I have been leading youth delegations to and from NYC since 2008 and i am currently back in NYC with the 9th or 10th group from Berlin (who´s counting anymore). After all of the experiences we have been able to gather over the years i have to admit that this year had a distinctly different feel to it. After our country has elected to nominate a candidate who campaigned on an openly bigoted (downright racist) platform to the highest office in the land our departure suddenly felt different and somewhat scary. True, Donald Trump won´t become President until January of next year but what about the people of NYC (and the rest of the country) who seem to be so far apart these days? We look forward to reporting a lot more along these lines as our Ambassadors set out to embark on field research in order to find answers to these important questions facing us all.


Tonight we will meet the NYC Global Ambassadors at Guttman Community College to plan our research trip and the coming days. Tomorrow we are very excited to join College and High School students from throughout NYC to talk Trump and politics here and in Europe. Today however, we find ourselves amongst tourists from all over the world as we are indulging in some serious sightseeing.


Continue to check our Blog and/or follow us on Facebook or Twitter at GangwayBeatz, to hang with us virtually over the next 9 days.


Ich organisiere nun bereits seit 2008 Jugendaustauschprojekte von und nach Berlin und NYC und ich bin derzeit wieder zurück in NYC mit der 9ten oder 10ten Gruppe aus Berlin (wer zählt noch). Nach all den Erfahrungen die wir über die Jahre sammeln konnten muss ich sagen, dass sich die diesjährige Reise sehr viel anders anfühlt als die davor. Seitdem unser Land sich entschloss einen Kandidaten der auf einer rassistischen und fremdenfeindlichen Plattform kandidierte ins höchste Amt des Landes zu heben, fühlte sich unsere bevorstehende Abreise aus Deutschland plötzlich ziemlich gruselig an. Natürlich wird Donald Trump erst im kommenden Januar President aber wie steht es mit den Leuten die so gespalten wie nie zu sein scheinen (in NYC und im Rest des Landes). Wir freuen uns darauf mehr über diese Dinge zu schildern nun wo unsere Botschafter sich in der Stadt auf den Weg machen um zu diesen Themen zu forschen.


Heute Abend treffen wir uns mit den NYC Botschaftern im Guttman Community College um unsere Forschungen und die bevorstehenden Tage vorzubereiten. Morgen werden wir uns mit Studenten und Schülern aus verschiedenen Schulen in NYC, in der Fordham Universität in der Bronx treffen um über Trump und Politik zu diskutieren. Heute finden wir uns allerdings inmitten von Touristen aus der ganzen Welt wieder, während wir uns Sights angucken.



Guckt regelmäßig auf unseren Blog oder folgt uns auf FB und Twitter at GangwayBeatz um über die kommenden 9 Tage virtuell mit uns abzuhängen.


Global Ambassadors Youth Diplomacy begins in NYC

Global Ambassadors youth diplomacy begins in nyc

Yes #Donald Trump has won and he will be the next president of the United do young people in NYC feel about that? How about youths from Europe? We will find some answers...On Sunday we will arrive in NYC with the next #GlobalAmbassadors delegation from Berlin. Together with young people from NYC these youths will head out, conduct field research, we will hold workshops and talks, listen to lectures and so much more...we look forward to our many visits to #GuttmanCommunityCollege and we are also very excited about coming to Fordham University to talk with students about these latest can follow our blog here and

Ja Donald Trump hat gewonnen und er wird der nächste President der Vereinigten Staaten sein, was denken junge Menschen in NYC darüber, wie siehts aus mit Jugendlichen in Europa? Wir werden Antworten auf diese Fragen finden...Am Sonntag wird unsere nächste #GlobalAmbassadors Delegation aus Berlin in NYC eintreffen. Zusammen mit Jugendlichen aus NYC werden sie Feldforschung betreiben, wir werden Workshops abhalten, Vorträge hören...wir freuen uns auf unsere vielen Besuche im #GuttmanCommunityCollege und auf unseren Besuch in der #FordhamUniversity wo wir mit StudentInnen über diese jüngsten Ereignisse diskutieren werden...ihr könnt unserem Blog hier folgen und


Be-troit Performance/Poetry/Hip Hop Detroit – Berlin

#Be-troit begins Sept. 11 2016 in Detroit and Ann arbor

#Be-troit, Performance/Poetry/Hip Hop Detroit – Berlin ist ein internationales Hip Hop/Poesie/Musik Austauschprogramm zwischen Detroit und Berlin, das zeitgenössische Formen der performativen Lyrik und Musik in den Blick nimmt und Neuproduktionen anstrebt. Es wurde von den Partnern University of Michigan - School of Social Work (Ann Arbor) und Gangway e.V. (Berlin)  entwickelt. Ausgehend von den Impulsen des Vorläufer-Projektes SPOKEN WOR:L:DS I, das 2013 und 2014 sechzehn Künstlerinnen und Künstler aus Nairobi und Berlin in einen produktiven Austausch brachte und dem darauf folgenden Projekt DExZA  welches das gleiche zwischen Künstlern aus Johannesburg und Berlin etablieren konnte, möchte es diese Form des erfolgreich erprobten und unter großer Publikumsbeteiligung stattgefunden internationalen Zusammenarbeit fortsetzen. Grundstein des Projektes bildet der kreative Austauschprozess, in den alle beteiligten Künstlerinnen und Künstler eintreten. Er vollzieht sich in Form intensiver Workshops mit gegenseitigen Übersetzungen, Aneigungen oder Kollaborationen. #Be-troit strebt auch nach der Übersetzung zwischen den Genres. Übersetzen kann man nicht ohne den – sozialen, politischen, geografischen – Kontext. Eindeutiges Verstehen ist prinzipiell unmöglich, es gibt immer eine Vielheit an Bedeutungen eines Wortes, einer Geste, eines Soundschnipsels – je nachdem, in welchen Zusammenhang man sie stellt. Sich (körper-)sprachlich begegnen, verweisen, verschieben, dekonstruieren, etwas ganz anderes meinen als man sagt, aus den mündlichen Archiven zusammenstückeln oder Beats, Lyrics und Breaks zitieren, zwischen umgangs-, fach- und fremdsprachlichen Codes wechseln und mit Bedeutungsebenen spielen, Travestien und Parodien erfinden, Stereotypen verbiegen – all das ist nicht nur permanentes Übersetzen, sondern Impuls zur Kreativität. Öffentliche Festivals, Konzerte, Lesungen, Performances und Gespräche finden in Detroit und Ann Arbor während des Aufenthalts der Künstler in Michigan statt (Informationen zu allen Veranstaltungen zeitnah hier sowie auf FB, Instagram und Twitter unter @betroitexchange) und in Berlin (April 2017) statt. Sie geben einen Einblick in die jeweiligen Hip Hop/Lyrik/Musik Szenen und präsentieren die neuen Produktionen aus den Workshops. Während der Aufführungen, die jeweils eine Auswahl der Teilnehmenden präsentieren, können die Zuschauenden nicht nur einen Abend im Grenzbereich von Musik und Lyrik erleben, sondern auch dem Prozess des Kultur- und Genretransfers nachspüren. Das Projekt produziert eine CD mit Studioaufnahmen aller Teilnehmenden und einen Dokumentarfilm. Beide werden in Berlin im April 2017 uhraufgeführt.


#Be-troit wird gefördert durch: Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung, Goethe Institut Chicago, Stiftung Luftbrückendank, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung


# Be-troit, Performance / Poetry / Hip Hop Detroit - Berlin is an international Hip Hop / poetry / music exchange program between the cities of Detroit and Berlin which focusses on the contemporary forms of performative poetry and music and aspires new creations. It was developed by the partners at University of Michigan - School of Social Work (Ann Arbor) and Gangway e.V. (Berlin). Based on the impulses of the precursor project SPOKEN WOR: L: DS I, which brought sixteen artists from Nairobi and Berlin together in order to engage in a productive performance exchange in 2013 and 2014 and the subsequent project "DExZA" which was able to bring the same energy with artists Johannesburg and Berlin to large audiences in both cities, #Be-troit would like to continue this form of international creative exchange . Cornerstone of the project is the creative exchange process, which all participating artists enter into. It will take place in form of intensive workshops with mutual translations, adaptation or collaborations. # Be-troit also aspires to translate between the genres. Translation can not take place without the - social, political, geographical - context. Unique understanding is impossible in principle, there is always a multiplicity of meanings to a word, a gesture, a sound snippet - depending on the context in which one places them. To encounter (physically) linguistically, to move,  to deconstruct, to mean something completely different from what one is saying, to piece together from oral archives or quotes, beats, lyrics and breaks,  to switch between colloquial, professional and foreign language codes and in the process to play with layers of meaning, travesties and parodies, to invent stereotypes and/or bend them - all of this is not only permanent translation but impetus for creativity. Public festivals, concerts, readings, performances and discussions will take place in Detroit and Ann Arbor while the artists from Berlin stay in Detroit from Sept. 11 - Sept. 20 2016 (please find project related information on FB, Instagram and Twitter under @betroitexchange) and in Berlin (April 2017). During the performances in both cities spectators will be able to experience not only an evening at the cross section of music and poetry, they will also be able to trace the process of cultural/genre transfer. The project will produce a CD with studio recordings of all participants and a documentary. Both of which will premier in Berlin in April 2017th



# Be-troit is sponsored by: Berliner Projektfonds Kulturelle Bildung, Goethe Institut Chicago, Stiftung Luftbrückendank, Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung


Sept 11 - Sept 20 2016 in Detroit and Ann Arbor, please like and/or follow @Betroitexchange on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for show schedule and activities  



All over Detroit and Ann Arbor



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Street Work, social justice issues, alternative education, art and cultural much has happened since coming to Berlin in 2003...NYC, Nairobi, London, Barcelona, Cairo,  Johannesburg, Detroit...the world is small, we believe it is our responsibility to let everyone we work with discover and experience at least a piece of it whenever possible...and be transformed in the process...i believe we have done and will continue to do just that...i look forward to sharing blog posts and pictures throughout our projects...and it would be a pleasure if some of you would stop by from time to time...