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Before 1933, Berlin was an important metropolis of exile and has become so again in recent decades. Now, for the first time, the Days of Exile will take place here from 8 September to 9 October 2023. Over 50 events in 45 Berlin organisations and cultural institutions offer opportunities for dialogue and understanding.




Since 2016, the event and encounter programme has offered a platform to people forced to live in exile and has already been held in Hamburg and Frankfurt am Main.

This year, the Days of Exile will take place in Berlin for the first time.

The Days of Exile take an in-depth look at the present and the past and encourage dialogue and understanding between old and new citizens in order to contribute to better social cohesion.

Together, historical and current experiences of exile will be explored and the meaning of flight, belonging, foreignness and uprootedness will be reflected upon.


Under the patronage of Nobel Prize winner Herta Müller, 45 Berlin organisations and cultural institutions, including cinemas, museums, municipal institutions and private initiatives, are taking part in the diverse and partly multilingual programme.

Over the course of four weeks, the topic of exile will be addressed in 50 events in exhibitions, discussions, readings, concerts, performances and films.



To kick off the series of events, the Long Night of Exile will take place on 8 September. Talks, discussions and readings at the Akademie der Künste will jointly discuss the question: Exile as a signature of the 20th and 21st centuries? Videos, music and the award ceremony of the Exile Visual Arts Award present artistic positions on exile. The Long Night of Exile will open with a speech by Herta Müller.
Additional information
More information and the programme booklet are available here.

Admission for the Long Night of Exile is free.