The continuity of cultural spaces and projects is not for granted, even in a country like Germany and in a city like Berlin. It is not for granted that we'll be able to put everything to sleep for a while, and then in a year's time, or when we'll be able to go back to our usual life, these spaces and projects will still be around like nothing happened. Especially when these projects aren't state-supported, but they are the result of time and effort (and personal risk) from private citizens (and expats, immigrants) who worked hard for years to establish them in the city. Instant Theatre Berlin is one unique project (among thousands) that makes Berlin the multicultural capital that it is, by the way.
For how long can we go on if the only solution offered is getting a few hundred euros a month to stay home? Isn't our credibility, our commitment to culture and to our students and projects worth more than that?
We're not unemployed, we're about to be told (again) to stay home and stop doing what we're doing. This can't be a permanent, or even a seasonal, solution. What kind of future are we building for ourselves, and for the city?
I'm sharing this video by German musician Till Brönner addressing these topics in a respecful yet direct way.
It is an emergency. Please realize it, state it clearly, and then dear Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa let's deal with it as such.
Ich habe mich nach langer Zeit dazu entschlossen mich zur derzeitigen Corona-Situation meiner Branche zu Wort zu melden. Ich bin ehrlich und rechne nicht aus allen Ecken mit Applaus. Aber ich kann und möchte auch nicht mehr schweigen. Es muss jetzt was passieren für die Kultur-und Veranstaltungsbranche. #sogehtsnichtweiter #kultur #künstler #corona #landderdichterunddenker #aufwachen #veranstaltungsbranche #alarmstuferot #instagood #tillbrönner