The ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement has brought the topic of structural racism into the public eye and challenged the status quo in every facet of modern life, but how has this movement affected the world of storytelling and authorship in general? What, why and how do black authors write in Germany, and do classifications such as ‘black author’ or ‘black literature’ even make sense? Together with her guests, Mahret Ifeoma Kupka searches for answers and Signals of Hope.
Natasha made her film debut at the Berlin Biennale 2018 with the award winning documentary ‘Millis Erwachen’ and then achieved further success with stage adaptations such as ‘M(a)y Sister’. Her most recent publication is ‘The Comet Afrofuturism 2.0’.
After publication of the novel ‘Contrapunctus’ Michael was Writer-in-Residence at the University of Toronto. Projects like ‘AFROLUTION’ & the Black Perspectives Festival followed. Today he is the director of the Berlin Library at Each One Teach One.
Activist, author and editor Sharon was awarded the Ingeborg Bachmann Prize for her first German language short story in 2016. She is also politically active with ‘Schwarze Menschen’ in Germany and editor of the ‘Witness’ book series. ©Ralf Steinberger
Founder of the publishing house Hermann Schmidt and chairwoman of the Vocational Training Committee of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association, chairwoman of the board of the Stiftung Buchkunst and spokeswoman for the German Cultural Council. ©Gaby Gerster, feinkorn
René heads the department of “literature philosophy religion” at Deutschlandfunk Kultur. Before that, he worked as a non-fiction editor at the magazine ‘Literaturen’ and at WDR 3 he moderated ‘Gutenbergs Welt’ and ‘Kritisches Tagebuch’.
The Frankfurter Book Fair Schedule, a day long digital BOOKFEST, an extensive conference program, the large ARD Book Fair stage in the ‘Frankfurt Festhalle’, the ‘Blue Sofa’ and much, much more.
Empowerment for Black, African and Afrodiasporic people in Berlin and nationwide.
The speech by Bachmann Prize winner Sharon Dodua Otoo from the opening of the 44th ‘Days of German-Language Literature’ on June 17, 2020 with translation into sign language.
A polyphonic, wild journey through the lives of Afro-German protagonists and the collective consciousness of the Berlin Republic.
Orlanda Verlag opens the discourse for a positive development of the world without prejudices and prefabricated opinions. A free stage, across ethnicities, world view, gender and skin colour.
Eight female artists tell their stories and how they formed their own, self- determined identities as black women within white, German society.