After a year of walking, talking and planning, the Kiez Atlas brochure for Gesundbrunnen has finally been launched! During a celebratory event last Monday, the Kiez Atlas team were joined by MischMit and other guests from our area to mark the release of the book.
It was an entertaining and informative evening, with speakers from some of the top governmental organisations participating in the event at the Olof Palme Zentrum in Gesundbrunnen.
The organisers created a playful way to enter the building, with a route that diverted people to the other entrance so that they could follow the step-by-step guide inside the building. The route was a timeline of how the whole book came together, starting with the first meeting last April, to the Monday launch party. Those in wheelchairs were able to access the timeline through the main door.
Among the speakers was Anne Jeglinski from Der Paritätische Berlin, who thanked all of those involved and was happy that the book was finally out. And it was great to welcome District Mayor Stephan von Dassel, who also gave a warm and funny speech where he thanked everyone for working together and said the book was important for the area.
One of the main aspects of the project was to look at how well-equipped the area is for people in wheelchairs and those in the area living with disabilities. This was a topic developed during the presentation, given by one of the group members, Alex Koch. As someone who is living in a wheelchair himself, he spoke about the project he had collaborated on with Club der internationalen Raumforscher und Künstlern und Künstlerinnen der Galerie oqbo, where they went around Brunnenviertel highlighting how inclusive public spaces were.
Their results were showcased in a series of photos that also featured at the event.
Meine LieblingsOrte Gesundbrunnen
And what about the book itself? It’s turned out to be a great guide that informs people about some of the best cafes, parks and stiftungs in Gesundbrunnen. Fancy a coffee in a place that is full of historical significance? Why not go to the Rosa Parks cafe on Soldiner Strasse? Keen to see some dance performances? Head to the Uferhallen dance studios in Ufer Strasse. Or do you just want some quiet time to yourself? Then the Silent Garden in Gerichtstrasse is the place for you.
Annette Haußknecht, from MischMit, regularly attended the walks. She said: “I felt very safe and comfortable with the group. I couldn’t go every time but I was always made to feel welcome when I did. I would like to thank the warm group and all the organisations involved. Being part of the group has made me more aware and more sensitive to Berlin being more inclusive.”
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More infos here
Articles on past events:
24.05.2018 – LieblingsOrte Gesundbrunnen – Article book launch
10.11.2017 – Jobmesse Haus Leo
01.08.2017 – Summarising the theater project „Angekommen?“
17.03.2017 – Zusammen gegen Rassismus – first week 10.-17.03.2017
24.02.2017 – Artikel für den Kiezboten 03/2017 (auf Deutsch)
06.02.2017 – Misch mit! in 2017
29.01.2017 – Introducing the theater project „Angekommen?“
06.10.2016 – Berlin photographer gives a face to the children of war. „Refugee“ has become an abstract, overused term, says Berlin photographer Daniel Sonnentag. So in his moving photo series „They Have Names,“ he’s set out to show the humanness of asylum-seekers… Read more: Story released on Deutsche Welle’s website by Gouri Sharma
12.10.2016 – Event write-up: Begegnungscafe
06.09.2016 – Aktionstag Quitzowstr. + Moabiter Kiezfest
04.09.2016 – Gestaltung der Vitrine vor dem Rathaus Tiergarten
Who we are:
Hallo, and welcome!
Here at Misch Mit we want to bring together ‘old Berliners with new Berliners’. The refugee crisis has brought thousands of people – from places like Syria, Afghanistan and Iran – to Germany. New arrivals don’t speak the language and come from different cultural backgrounds, so one of challenges is to help people integrate without alienating the local population. That’s where the network Misch Mit! For volunteering and neighbourhood comes in. Roughly translated in English to ‘mix with’ – Misch Mit! was set up in April to bridge the cultural gap between the new people – the refugees – and the local population.
Funded by a number of organisations including the EU and the Soziale Stadt, the three-year pilot project will focus on three areas in Berlin – Moabit, Wedding and Gesundbrunnen. As well as collaborating with local community and family groups on projects and events, Misch Mit! also acts as a facilitator to connect different groups that want to work together in the field.
At the moment there are four people working at Misch Mit. Claire Pfromm is the project leader who also works on the website and graphic design, Annette Haußknecht, who works on co-ordination and PR, John Mahfoud is the project assistant and works on translations and Gouri Sharma who works on the media for the organisation.