Newsletter 1 / March 2021

Experiments with light and fog in preparation of the
Flügelschlag Werkbühne production Alesius 2017 © Anja-Christin Winkler


Fellowships 2022
Writers, visual artists and composers are invited to apply for a three-month fellowship at Schloss Wiepersdorf in 2022 until 15 April 2021. Scholars working on topics related to the epoch and sentiments of Romanticism or on questions relating to the history of East and West Germany during the period of division are also eligible to apply.

Reading (Original languages with German subtitles) / Live stream / Sunday, March 21, 2021, 7 p.m. (CET)
UNESCO World Poetry Day
with Schloss Wiepersdorf alumna Suvi Valli
Online also at #kanalfuerpoesie

The UNESCO World Poetry Day will take place on March 21, 2021. In a virtual event, the Iraqi poet Omar al-Jaffal (*1988), in whose texts pain as well as anger can be found in view of the crises of our time, Volker Braun (*1939), who reads from his new long poem Große Fuge, Nancy Campbell (*1978), in her poems on the way to glaciers, arctic floes, frost and snow, Angélica Freitas (*1973), who critically and powerfully focuses on the female body, and Schloss Wiepersdorf alumna Suvi Valli (b. 1977), who has a close relationship with German literature, especially the Romantic era, will gather for this celebration of poetry.

A joint event of Haus für Poesie and Stiftung Brandenburger Tor together with the German Commission for UNESCO, Akademie Schloss Solitude, DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program,  International House of Artists Villa Concordia Bamberg and the Cultural Foundation Schloss  Wiepersdorf with the support of the Finnish Institute in Germany.

Reading & conversation (German) on the occasion of Bettina von Arnim's birthday / on demand / available from Sunday, April 4, 2021, 2 p.m. (CEST)
„Herzhaft in die Dornen der Zeit greifen...“
Dr. Sonja Hilzinger and Dr. Dorothee Schmitz-Köster

On 4 April 2021, on the occasion of Bettina von Arnim's birthday, author and editor Dr. Sonja Hilzinger will read from "Herzhaft in die Dornen der Zeit greifen..." (Reaching heartily into the thorns of time...) and talk with journalist, radio host and author Dr. Dorothee Schmitz-Köster about the modern woman Bettine von Arnim, her life and writing in Berlin. She lived in Berlin, Prussian capital then, during the years of the Restoration, the conservative reorganization of Europe after the revolution in France. Bettine's apartments, which she changed frequently, were located in the old center, in Friedrichstadt and Tiergarten. They were rooms of sociable discussion, to which intellectuals and artists, civil servants and opposition members alike had access. The book was published in 2020 by Verlag für Berlin-Brandenburg.

Radio feature for re-listening (German) / Deutschlandfunk ‘Sonntagsspaziergang’ from February, 28, 2021
Aus dem Dornröschenschlaf erwacht – Das Künstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf

On Sunday, 28 February 2021 at 11.30 a.m., a contribution by journalist Joachim Dresdner about Schloss Wiepersdorf has been broadcasted on the Deutschlandfunk radio program ‚Sonntagsspaziergang – Reisenotizen aus Deutschland und der Welt.‘



In 2021, the Cultural Foundation Schloss Wiepersdorf will focus on the theme of ‘transformation’. Starting from changes in the context of the reunification of Germany, transformation processes will also be considered in other fields and countries. The experiences of the international fellows of the residency program will be incorporated into the debates.

Talk (German) / Live stream / Thursday, March 25, 2021, 5 p.m. (CET)
"Well, let's see what happens".
Martin Gross, Mandy Tröger and Jan Wenzel

Author Martin Gross and communications scientist Mandy Tröger talk about the book The Last Year. Records from an Invalid Country. The talk focusses on the question of how the East German media public changed in 1990 and what hopes and disappointments this process generated. The conversation will be moderated by publisher Jan Wenzel.

Talk (German) / Live stream / Thursday, April 22, 2021, 5 p.m. (CEST)
Entkoppelte Gesellschaft
Yana Milev, Christoph Tannert und Thomas Krüger

Yana Milev, Christoph Tannert and Thomas Krüger will analyse and discuss the question of how the process of the German-German unification process should be continued in economic, political, social and cultural terms. Their paths in life crossed in the 1980s in the subculture scene of the GDR. They find a common starting point for their conversation in the artistic and intellectual legacy of the GDR, the relationship between artistic production and academic research, and the role of cultural education in times of transformation.


We are pleased to welcome Flügelschlag Werkbühne, a group of artists from Leipzig and Berlin, to Wiepersdorf in March, if the pandemic permits. During their residency, the group will be working on the tetralogy NACHT STÜCKE (NIGHT PIECES), a cycle of four parts and an epilogue that focuses on the theme of social responsibility. The directors Ilka Seifert and Anja-Christin Winkler will apply means of opera and musical theater to search for ways of dealing constructively with this conflict. In the interactive production, three elements are set in relation to each other: light, music (vocals and grand piano) and electronic sound interventions.



Cultural Foundation Schloss Wiepersdorf
Founding Director
Annette Rupp
Bettina- von-Arnim-Str. 13 | 14193 Wiepersdorf
Phone +49 (0)337 46 69 90 | Fax +49 (0)337 46 699 19
Mobile: +49 (0)176 22 03 99 21

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