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Re-Mapping Rollberg Kiez with Neukölln Youth

In an effort to creatively engage with local youth in Berlin, members of the Angles collective planned, organised, and faciliated two arts workshops with teens at the Shalom Rollberg community centre in Neukölln. Shalom Rollberg is a community project that initiates intercultural encounters in the Rollbergviertel of Berlin-Neukölln, aiming to promote dialogue between predominantly Muslim children, young people and their families with the members of the city’s diverse Jewish community. The two Angles arts workshops came as part of a larger course teaching English language skills to the centre’s youths—all of whom are girls aged 14–16. The workshops aimed not only to foster English ability and artistic creativity, but also to help the students reimagine their own neighbourhood and the community within it. We too had the privilege of viewing Rollberg Kiez through new eyes! For the first workshop, Swiss painter Myriam Gross-Mail developed a large-scale map of the Kiez and led the youth through exercises to identify key places, encouraging them to re-envision the space in which they spend their daily lives and view the community …

Why Angles?

With an estimated one billion migrants in the world, we live in a time of great social and economic transformation. This transformation is perhaps best witnessed through the lens of the city — oftentimes the first place immigrants head when leaving home in search of work, accommodation, or social acceptance. Still, despite the cultural richness and economic benefits provided by these newcomers in urban areas, tension and mistrust are often unavoidable. Longtime residents may experience unease over changing demographics and unfamiliar communities — an anxiety fuelled to the extreme by political groups, media organisations, and other actors with exclusionary agendas. Berlin is a perfect crucible in which to study and document this phenomenon – and to attempt to reframe these exclusionary narratives pushed by the interest groups noted above. It is a capital city with all the features of the developed world, but caught at a peculiar stage of development. It’s not surprising – which other major city was brutally divided for decades between two drastically different regimes? Berlin has reinvented itself many times, but now …

Meet the Collective

Sara Grossman is a writer and editor from California and cofounder of the Angles art collective. She has written about campus LGBTQ issues, US racial inequalities, and international migration, among other sociopolitical topics. She now writes and edits articles on US policy and social justice for UC Berkeley’s Haas Institute and works as editorial director of Good Point agency. David Labi is a writer, editor, filmmaker, producer, and cofounder of Angles. He has written fiction,  edited magazines, translated poetry, made documentaries and shorts in Argentina, Japan and Berlin, and continues to explore different media and his city obsession through Angles. He is also founder of ethical comms agency Good Point. Rasha Hilwi is an Arab Palestinian writer, cultural journalist, and blogger. Her texts are published in major Arab newspapers, in online media, and on cultural platforms. Rasha explores how people express their cultures away from “home,” as well as love stories within different political, social, and cultural contexts. Read some of her work.  Nikhil Chaudhary is an architect, urbanist and sustainability campaigner who is also a prolific graphic …

Meet us at Angles: Berlin kickoff events

Angles: Berlin will kick off its first co-creation events on Sunday, February 4 and Sunday, February 18, 2018, both from 14:00 to 17:00. This first event will include writers, photographers, artists, and other creative residents of Berlin of all cultural and immigrant backgrounds. We’ll be working cross-discipline to produce original content about the city of Berlin. Themes of food, culture, and music will serve as tools to delve beneath the surface of the city. We’d love for you to be involved! If you’re interested, let us know who you are with our 5-minute survey. We will get back in touch with the location after you’ve filled that out. Can’t wait to hear from you!