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The diversity of Berlin's cultural sector is a symbol of the city that is highly valued nationally and internationally - but this has not yet been sufficiently reflected in its content and structures. Many actors and cultural institutions are articulating a desire for more inclusion and diversity. However, terms and approaches to the topic are often unclear - a lack of expertise and communication, and limited time and financial resources make it difficult to solve structural problems.

With the conference, the Municipal Galleries Working Group deepens its discussion of diversity and examines it as a holistic process that affects the areas of program, audience, staff and partnerships. From curatorial research and internal structural options to mediation and outreach, selected experts present practical options for action for a more diversity-sensitive and discrimination-critical way of working.

In lectures and workshops, artists, curators and speakers from other specialist areas will address the following questions, among others: What does diversity mean? What can a cultural work practice that is critical of discrimination look like? How can opening processes be initiated and more participation made possible even with few resources?

The conference is aimed at both freelance and institutionally affiliated art and cultural workers and offers them an opportunity to network.

Participation in the conference is free of charge.

All interested parties are warmly invited.

Registration takes place by email by November 5th, 2023 at:

An event organized by the Berlin Municipal Galleries Working Group

More information is available online

With the kind support of the Senate Department for Culture and Social Cohesion, Municipal Galleries Exhibition Fund

10:30 a.m. registration

11:00 a.m.–11:40 a.m. Welcome: Stéphane Bauer and Karin Scheel, speakers of the Berlin Municipal Galleries Working Group
Introduction: Yolanda Mulindwa-Kaddu, Solvej Helweg Ovesen and Lena Prents

11:40 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Diversifying art and culture: Key to cultural identity in post-migrant society
Keynote by Idol Efe

12:30-12:45 break

12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Three parallel workshops:

1. “curare” – curatorial research and practice workshop by Dr. Kate Brehme and Nuray Demir

2. Nothing going on without moss? Designing diversity processes with few resources
Workshop by Bahareh Sharifi and Nima Ramezani (Diversity Arts Culture)

3. Where does it say mediation? Workshop by Christine van Haaren and Can Milena Rastovic

2:15 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Lunch break with buffet

2:45 p.m. (optional) Tour of the citadel with Dr. Ralf F. Hartmann, tour of the exhibitions at the ZAK with Dr. Jens Ole Rey

3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Presentation of the workshop results

4:30-4:45 p.m. break

4:45 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Panel discussion with the speakers and workshop leaders

5:45 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Closing with DJ Anele and snacks

Moderation: Sou-Yen Kim

Artistic installation with works by Elolo Bosoka

Artistic catering by HakkaMoon

Graphic recording of the conference by Julia Depis, Anja Riese and Miss Vizzz

Working group conference concept Yolanda Kaddu-Mulindwa, Dr. Christine Nippe, Solvej Helweg Ovesen, Malte Pieper, Lena Prents, Lusin Reinsch

Conference location: Citadelle - ZAK Center for Contemporary Art, Am Juliusturm 64, 13599 Berlin-Spandau

Accessibility The meeting rooms are in the old barracks on the second floor. A gravel and cobblestone path leads there. An elevator is available. There are barrier-free toilets. If you have any further questions regarding accessibility, please contact


Public transportation

Bus X33, station “Zitadelle”
Subway line U7, station “Zitadelle” (barrier-free)
S-Bahn lines S3 and S9, station “Spandau”
Long-distance and regional trains, Berlin-Spandau station
Private transport
There are car parking spaces in the area.
Disabled parking spaces are located on Zitadellenweg (back of the car dealership).
The citadel is located outside Berlin's environmental zone.
Free bus parking spaces are located on Zitadellenweg.
Bicycle parking (no bicycle boxes) is available at the citadel.

Organizer Working Group on Municipal Galleries Berlin c/o Kulturnetzwerk Neukölln e. v.

Spokespersons for the Berlin Municipal Galleries Working Group Stéphane Bauer (Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien) and Karin Scheel (Schloss Biesdorf)
Project team Theres Laux, Natalia Raaben
Additional information


We do apologize that the following information is currently only available in German.