Invitation to the Long Night of Ideas on 19 June 2020 – #LNDI2020

Virtual Long Night of Ideas, 19 June 2020, Cultures of the future – the future of cultures

This year, a virtual event – the Long Night of Ideas, © AA

08.06.2020 - Article

Panel discussions, readings and visits to cinemas, clubs, galleries and sports halls – and all this from your own living room? The Federal Foreign Office and its partners cordially invite you to the fifth Long Night of Ideas on 19 June 2020.

Club scene, Balkan Film Night, science slam

How can culture continue to play its key role despite COVID-19? How can it continue to develop its own unique potential in times of crisis? These are the questions addressed by the Long Night of Ideas that will take place for the fifth time on 19 June – and for the first time entirely virtually.

With topics ranging from sustainability in the club scene and Balkan films to a science slam on European science policy, over a dozen digital events will address the future of cultural life under the heading “Cultures of the future – the future of cultures”.

It is precisely in times of COVID-19 when direct physical contact has to remain limited that it is all the more important for culture to bridge this physical distance for both individuals and society.

The Long Night of Ideas is a team effort by the Federal Foreign Office in collaboration with its intermediary organisations and other strong partners from civil society, research and scientific organisations as well as private foundations.


Digital raves: sustainability meets club culture

(Clubcommission Berlin e.V.) 6.00 – 10.00 p.m. / German and English

The road map for transformative change that the UN has drawn up with its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) largely ignores culture, art and nightlife. However, nine of the 17 SDGs are already being implemented by a global community of stakeholders from the creative sector in the nightlife of their respective cities. Creative ideas for greater gender equity, social integration and sustainable resource use are being developed and enhanced every day in international partnerships. One of these stakeholders, Clubcommission Berlin, is making use of its social and cultural networks to enable us as a society to gain an understanding of the vision of sustainable, integrative and vibrant cities.

[Link folgt in Kürze]

ALBA’s daily sports session – special edition for the Long Night of Ideas


This special edition will be broadcast during the morning of 19 June and will be available all day long / mainly German and occasionally Chinese. 

In this special edition, ALBA BERLIN’s daily sports session is dedicated to the intercultural exchange between Germany and China. The PASCH Schools: Partners for the Future initiative of the Federal Foreign Office and common projects with ALBA BERLIN will be presented during the programme. The focus will be exclusively on China – from teaching Chinese characters, introducing basic Chinese vocabulary, sports activities with tai chi and yoga, personal accounts from China by selected ALBA players to interesting facts about China and PASCH activities on the ground. Basketball builds bridges – that’s what ALBA BERLIN is all about. 

ALBA BERLIN’s YouTube channel


Europe’s (digital) scientific area of the future: diversity generates knowledge

(Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, German Academic Exchange Service, ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) 7.00 – 9.00 p.m. / German and English

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Academic Exchange Service and ifa are jointly hosting a digital Pecha Kucha. Fellows of the three partner organisations will use this format to present current projects and research. Each speaker will base their presentation on 20 images that will each be displayed on the screen for 20 seconds. The type of presentation itself will be freely selectable and can range from a traditional speech to a science slam. The strongly visual element will enable a very broad range of topics to be combined in a vibrant, lively and innovative manner to create an interesting, entertaining and informative event for the audience.


Archaeology of the future for a future of cultures

(German Archaeological Institute) 6.00 – 8.30 p.m. / German

Future cultures will be based on the decisions we make today, while the decisions we make today are in turn based on our past. We provide you with an insight into the past. What impact is past climate change having on us today? How can we use the past to shape the future? The evening will feature talks, time for questions and the ideas of a young generation.


Ideas for a Polish monument - for a vibrant platform to commemorate the victims of the German occupation of Poland between 1939 and 1945

(German Poland Institute) 4.00 – 6.00 p.m. / German

There is no central German memorial site for Germany’s neighbour Poland as the first victim of the Second World War to date. The call from within civil society presented in 2017 to construct a monument in Berlin for the victims of the German occupation of Poland between 1939 and 1945 has received strong support.

The German Poland Institute proposes a model with three levels:

•a symbolic level with a commemorative function (monument)

•an exhibition with background information

•an educational institution to confer knowledge into German society through different event formats (floating academy)

Can the three proposed levels provide a good solution and create a vibrant memorial platform that brings people together beyond national and cultural frontiers? Join the discussion!


European interventions – navigating pluralist waters. (DialoguePerspectives. Discussing Religions and Worldviews. A programme of the Ernst Ludwig Ehrlich Scholarship Fund)

6.00 – 9.30 (followed by a reception / social dancing with a DJ set) / German (English simultaneous interpretation will be provided for the panel discussions)

Europe is a unique place of diversity, opportunity and social cooperation. But Europe is also marked by political fragmentation and polarisation, rising nationalism and the dismissal of other ways of life. Under the heading “European interventions – navigating pluralist waters” we therefore want to address pressing issues concerning the pluralism of European societies, political participation, the formation of alliances and the joint and inclusive shaping of our living environments both despite and precisely because of the ambivalences and interdependencies of linguistic, religious, ideological and political diversity.

We cordially invite you to join us in thinking about these issues, to experience European pluralism and to address your own ambivalences in an interactive and decentralised form.



Balkan Film Night

(Traduki) 6.00 – 11.00 p.m. / English (films in original version with subtitles)

A carefully curated selection of films from various Southeast European countries will be made accessible online and brought to the attention of the Long Night of Ideas audience. These will be accompanied by live chats and discussions with film directors, the Croatian curator and an author. The film corpus consists of four very different films that can be summarised under the heading “origin and affiliation” without taking this too far.


Interviews and Q&As via YouTube

Kulturama.digital – the global cultural calendar of the Goethe-Institut

(Goethe-Institut) All-day / various languages

Cultural professionals and cultural institutions throughout the world are facing existential challenges due to COVID-19: museums and theatres have been closed indefinitely, musicians are unable to give concerts and many international cultural events have been cancelled due to a large number of border closures. Kulturama.digital enables cultural professionals from all sectors and throughout the world to make their events accessible to an international audience and also receive financial support from viewers via an optional donation function. Kulturama.digital brings a varied and colourful collection of international cultural events from high and popular culture into your living room as livestreams or on-demand programmes, such as house concerts from Buenos Aires, puppet shows from the kitchen or live acts from the Berlin club scene.


TIME TO LISTEN – short stories on video by authors from around the world

(Goethe-Institut) All-day / English

The idea behind the TIME TO LISTEN project is to tell stories instead of reporting news about global crises and threats. As in Boccaccio’s Il Decamerone and many other myths and books from other cultures, the description of the disaster is followed by a celebration of life in all its facets. The TIME TO LISTEN project offers a collection of stories told by narrators who turn their living room into a stage for literature.  


Sound of X – what does the city sound like?

(Goethe-Institut Singapore) All-day / English and German

How can we reconnect with the spaces and places of our everyday life? This question is becoming increasingly pressing in view of the COVID-19 pandemic forcing people throughout the world into isolation. One answer is provided by the Sound of X project of Goethe-Institut Singapore in which artists present their personal view of a place or city in the form of an audiovisual collage without any words but simply with sounds and typical native acoustics. Bird songs can be heard alongside the rattle of a letterbox. The bubbling of woks on a market grill blends with an electronic soundtrack and pictures of a tour through the city by bike. Nine videos from Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand form the prelude to Sound of X. Plans to continue the project with artists from other regions are underway.

www.goethe.de/soundofx (from 19 June)

as well as on Instagram and Facebook

Premiere of “German minority Outlook”

(ifa - Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) 7.00-9.00 p.m. / German

Around a million members of German minorities live in Eastern Europe and the CIS countries. In this 25-minute documentary film, eight people from Poland, Hungary and Slovakia talk about their daily lives as a minority in a majority society and their poignant search for their own roots. Following the premiere there will be a discussion with representatives of the German minority and a Q&A session with the audience.


“In the Presence / Absence of Mazen Kerbaj” – virtual exhibition tour

(ifa Gallery Berlin / ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) All-day / non-verbal

New and old works of Lebanese comic artist Mazen Kerbaj are displayed in a virtual exhibition tour. Kerbaj works with two themes that are common in underground comics – autobiography and politics, the blending of the personal with the historical.

The exhibition curated by Hatem Imam draws parallels between times, media and spaces. An idea, hastily scribbled on a restaurant’s placemat, can be developed in a live drawing video. It is like entering a room with a legion of Mazen Kerbajs talking, drawing, arguing and drinking together. Each one of them is the record of a particular moment and a new place, on a spectrum of sobriety, in a varying tongue and also rendered in a different medium.


Homonymy. Experimental musical film by Sen Ryo No and Jasmina Metwaly

(DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program & Cashmere Radio) 8.30-9.00 p.m. / non-verbal

Sen Ryo No comprises Audrey Chen, Nguyễn Baly and Tara Transitory. They interlace experimental music and performance in their work. Sen Ryo No and Jasmina Metwaly have jointly collaborated to conduct Homonymy, an examination of the relation of sound and moving images in the form of an experimental film that will be shown for the first time during the 2020 Long Night of Ideas.

Audio stream, video stream and www.radionetzwerkberlin.org (88.4 Berlin and 90.7 Potsdam, FM stream)

Artistic narratives of Africa: an online event with cultural professionals and digital innovators

(Polis180 e.V.) 6.30 – 9.00 p.m. / English

Film screening with a discussion that addresses the correlation of art production and international cultural relations and aims to examine more closely the possibilities offered by alternative curatorial and production-related strategies that overcome Eurocentric perspectives and stereotypes. Particular attention is paid here to the role of digital developments and innovations.

Registration via the event site. Registered persons will receive a link on 19 June.

Journal Rappé – social criticism wrapped in hip-hop

(Siemens Stiftung, Music in Africa Foundation, Munich Biennale, Goethe-Institut) All-day / French, English and Wolof with English subtitles

Post-colonialism, identity, environmental issues, cultural heritage and development in Africa – these are the topics of the Journal Rappé project. Senegalese hip-hop stars Keyti and Xuman produced ten new episodes of the rapped news format in their studios in Dakar in May 2020. “We want to change Africa’s narrative when it comes to how the rest of the world sees the continent,” explains Keyti. The ten video episodes were made possible through a partnership between the Munich Biennale, the Music in Africa Foundation, Siemens Stiftung and the Goethe-Institut.


The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on refugee protection with a focus on education

(UNHCR with partner organisation Kiron Open Higher Education gGmbH) 10.00 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. / English

Experts and participants will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on refugee protection and in particular access to education for refugees in the interactive conference. The goal of the event is to highlight good practice and lessons learnt from the education sector in various countries, including the DAFI programme. Breakout sessions after the event will enable the participants to engage in closer dialogue with experts and students from the field.

The event will serve as the kick-off event for Kiron’s Amplify Now conference to take place on the following day, World Refugee Day.



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