June 18, 2015
Anastatia Spicer

What’s happening in Arts and Activism in Berlin

A million events are always happening in Berlin, as soon as you’re somewhere you’re missing something else. That’s why here at AWAC we want to help you find wonderful events happening over the next two weeks!

Art of Protest Lecture Series happens pretty much every Thursday until mid July. Artists and Theorists are invited to talk about the cross section of Art and Activism.


Ariella Azoulay will speak tonight at 6PM about Revolutionary Language and The Movement of Violence

When: Thursday, June 18th, 18:00

Where: Freie Universit√§t Berlin ‚Äď Seminarzentrum Silberlaube ‚Äď Raum L 116, Habelschwerdter Allee 45 14195 Berlin-Dahlem


DarkMatter is a South Asian trans poetry duo made up of Alok Vaid-Menon and Janani Balasubramanian. They are based out of New York City and are currently having a tour around western Europe, titled #AntiPride. They will be stopping in Berlin this weekend and holding three events.

To see some of their work, click here or here or here!


1) Cutie B PoC Festival presents DarkMatter: a spoken word event

When: Friday, June 19th, 18:30

Where: Familiengarten e.V. Oranienstr. 34

2) Protect Me From What I Want! (a closed space for Black/PoC/Sinti/Roma + Migrant queers and LGBT*I*As)

When: Sunday, June 20th, 12pm – 15pm

Where:  Lesbenberatung Berlin e.V./ LesMigraS, Kulmer Str. 20a, 10783

3) Poetry Meets Hip Hop

When: Sunday, June 20th, 19pm – 23pm

Where: Villa Neukölln, Hermannstraße 233 Biebricherstraße 15, 12049

*note: this event has over 1,000 people who have said they are going and the space only holds 200 people, so if you want to see DarkMatter, go on Friday or show up a couple hours early to wait in line for this show!


Teju Cole

Teju Cole, source: tejucole.com

Teju Cole is Nigerian-American writer, photographer and art historian. He will be in Berlin next week to present his most recent work, the novel Open City.

facebook event

When: Tuesday, June 23rd, 20:oo

Where: Backfabrik, Saarbr√ľckerstr. 38, 10405



Schwules Museum* and Deutsches Historisches Museum are pairing up to create an exhibition on Homosexuality in Germany!

I’ll be going to giving it a visit once it’s open next week so I can give you a run down of how it is and let you know if you should get your hopes up or not!

When: June 26th – December 1st, 2015

Where: Deutsches Historisches Museum


Pride Parades

After seeing DarkMatter you may not be so sure about how much there is to be proud of in the current way non-heterosexual sexualities are talked about and dealt with today in the public sphere. The Dyke March is set to have a new path this year, beginning outside the Deutsches Historisches Museum on the day of the opening of the exhibition to demonstrate for increased lesbian visibility.

Dyke March

Dyke March 2014. Source: http://www.siegessaeule.de

When: June 26th, 19:00

Where: Deutsches Historisches Museum (end: S√ľdblock, Kotti 21:00)

Christopher Street Day 

When: June 27th, 12:30 – 17:00

Where: Meet at Kurf√ľrstendamm, 10719, Charlottenburg