News and events by Gouri Sharma

(20.09.2017)

Moabiter Kiezfest 16.09.2017

The sun was out for us on September 16, as Misch mit! and our partners took over the streets around Turmstrasse for the annual Moabiter Kiezfest!

Only in its second year with the collaboration of the Network Misch mit!, the Moabiter Kiezfest is fast becoming a firm fixture in the area’s social calendar. This year brought together some of our most well-known partners, who used their stalls to share information about the important work they do, with hundreds of locals from in and around Moabit

We saw the return of some of our closest partners, including Moabit Hilft, Im Garten and Haus Leo, while we were also pleased to welcome some new groups like the Berlin-based activist group Lager Mobilisation Network, who are working to address the housing situation for refugees in the city.

But as Claire from Misch mit! says, there could have been a lot more partners involved. “This year, we had so many requests from people wanting to take part in the Kiezfest that we ended up having to turn away because we didn’t have enough space.”

The two stages hosted a variety of musical and dance performances throughout the day that reflected the diversity of Germany’s bustling capital city. Percussion artist Hasan Al Hasan had people tapping along to his unique performance while one of the most popular performances was the funk, rock and soul ensemble The Sticky Tables, who really got the crowd on their feet. The other stage played host to child theatre performer Varia Vineta, who impressed the crowd with her short performance, while the Darjastros Fusion Bellydance had the crowd in awe.

Crowds also enjoyed food from places like the Jamaican Jerk chicken stall and specially made cocktails which had some people tipsy after just one!

One of the artists who performed with the band Rock and Roll Preacher told Misch mit! that he enjoyed the intimacy of the atmosphere, and it was a sentiment that was shared by many of those who attended. Italian Valeria Stenta, who recently moved into Moabit, said: “Moabiter Kiezfest is warm, chilled, inclusive, and is genuine great fun! It made me realize I’m actually in Berlin, finally.”

Syrian-born student Naim added that it was a great way to spend the day and he hopes more events like this can happen across the city.

So as we wrap up the second annual Kiezfest, the final word goes to Claire: “It was a great day, and having just the one street made a difference to the atmosphere. We built on the success of last year and we hope that we can make the third one the best of the three!”

Pictures and more infos about the Moabiter Kiezfest here


Articles on past events:

20.09.2017 – Article written after the Moabiter Kiezfest 2017

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

26.09.2016 – Event write-up: Aktionstag Quitzowstr. + Moabiter Kiezfest

06.09.2016 – Aktionstag Quitzowstr. + Moabiter Kiezfest

04.09.2016 – Gestaltung der Vitrine vor dem Rathaus Tiergarten

unionjack300 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.

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