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The pandemic has the cultural scene firmly in its grip. No theater, no concerts, no cinema, no dance, no exhibitions for months. Instead, balcony concerts, living room cinema and backyard debates. And even that only at a distance and with a limited number of people. The cultural space has become narrow. The pent-up creative energy is looking for an outlet.

Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin
Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: SGO

One of these outlets is social media. The digitalization push is creating new cultural spaces there: virtual tours of museums, Zoom parties and Instagram readings have become the new standard faster than expected.

Even the well-known concert pianist Igor Levit compensates for the deprivation of cultural venues in the Corona crisis with daily house concerts at the piano. Through Twitter and Instagram, he shares them with a growing number of followers. He gives viewers almost intimate access to the pieces he chooses and his thoughts and emotions about playing them. But this does not replace the physical proximity to other people, to the art object, to the artist. So what does this state of enforced distance do to our society? And how does it change culture itself?

Freitag publisher Jakob Augstein discusses this with his guests at "2 um acht" at the Berlin Volksbühne.

(Program in German)
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