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Israeli-German Festival: Music – Poetry – Art

Art as a space for dialogue: from 11 to 14 April 2024, the Israeli-German "ID Festival" will take place at the Radialsystem under the patronage of Minister of State for Culture Claudia Roth.


The festival, which has been a regular guest at the Radialsystem for many years and offers a platform for the diverse Israeli cultural scene in Germany, will present its last edition for the time being in 2024 under the motto "/ENDING_REBIRTH_GROWTH/".


Together with around 120 artists and performers from Israel, Germany and the USA, it offers a varied programme of theatre, concerts, interactive formats, workshops and exhibitions.



The diversity of artistic positions is united by a common theme - the exploration of questions about the "end":
  • In a staged reading, the question of the end of poetry is addressed in the light of current events, while the immersive concert experience "BECOME CHOIR" uses art to search for ways to overcome post-war trauma.
  • In the philosophical cabaret entitled "ARETZ: Altneuland the Sequel?", the end of the Zionist dream in the sense of the writer and publicist Theodor Herzl is up for debate and the interactive exhibition "Smoke and Mirrors" focusses on both the end of democracy and the possible end of human art through intelligent machines.
  • In addition, the Jaffa Theatre is represented with the play "Shampoo Queen", which was controversial in Israel at the time.
  • Miri Ben-Ari and the gospel choir Symphony of Brotherhood take a joint look at the bond between black and Jewish communities in the USA, which is rooted in the experience of oppression and persecution.

With the "/ENDING_REBIRTH_GROWTH/" edition, the ID Festival 2024 is attempting to create a space for exchange and use the possibilities of art to show how endings can pave the way for new beginnings and bring about personal and social growth.

Further information at www.idfestival.de


  • Artistic direction: Ohad Ben-AriProduction, Juan Harcha and Esther-Marie Merz
  • Press and PR: Sarah Rosenau
  • Social Media:  Anastasia Shevchenko
  • Graphic design and concept: Luca Bogoni

The ID Festival is a platform for the diverse Israeli cultural scene in Germany.
Since its foundation in 2015, the Israeli-German festival, which has been awarded the EFFE label for excellence in the European cultural landscape, has promoted collaboration between artists and institutions from both countries under the direction of Ohad Ben-Ari.

  • The detailed programme will be published from mid-February 2024.
  • Tickets go on sale on 18 January 2024.
Israeli-born, Berlin-based musician and entrepreneur Ohad Ben-Ari is the artistic director of the ID Festival, which he founded in 2015.

Trained as a classical pianist, composer and conductor, Ben-Ari's career has taken surprising turns that have led to diverse artistic collaborations, from production work with Kanye West to solo performances under Sir Simon Rattle.
Ben-Ari's compositions and arrangements are performed worldwide. His composition "Violins of Hope", commemorating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, was commissioned and performed by the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra in 2015.
His most recent work, the song cycle "Paterson", written for mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená, will be premiered in Ingolstadt with the Georgian Chamber Orchestra in the 2024/25 season.
Additional information
„ID Festival 2024“ is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media, Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie Berlin and the Embassy of the State of Israel in Berlin. In collaboration with Radialsystem.

Partners ID Festival: Institut für Neue Soziale Plastik, AuditivVokal Dresden.

Media partners ID Festival: Rausgegangen, rbb Kultur, Spitz Magazine, Theater der Zeit, tip Berlin.

Media partnerships Radialsystem: Exberliner, Rausgegangen, taz. die tageszeitung, tip Berlin.



Thur 11 04, from 4pm: ID Festival 2024 – Day 1

4-10 pm: „Retrospektive ID Festival 2015-2024“ // „Smoke and Mirrors“ – KI-Exhibition

6 pm: „writingSITUATIONs“ – Scenic Reading

8 pm: „BECOME CHOIR“ – Immersive concert experience with AuditivVokal Dresden under the artistic direction of Olaf Katzer

→ More information on the programme of Day 1

 

Fri 12 04, from 4pm: ID Festival 2024 – Day 2

4-10 pm: „Retrospektive ID Festival 2015-2024“ // „Smoke and Mirrors“ – KI-Exhibition

4-5 pm: „AI Video Prompting“-Workshop with Nicolai Klemke (neural frames)

8 pm: „Shampoo Queen“ – Musikalische Revue von Hanoch Levin in einer Neuinszenierung des Jaffa Theaters, Deutschlandpremiere

→ More information on the programme of Day 2

 

Sat 13 04, from 4pm: ID Festival 2024 – Day 3

4-10 pm: „Retrospektive ID Festival 2015-2024“ // „Smoke and Mirrors“ – KI-Exhibition

4-5 pm: „AI Video Prompting“-Workshop with Nicolai Klemke (neural frames)

6 pm: „ARETZ: Altneuland the Sequel?“ – Philosophical cabaret with Nimrod Weißlöwe, Gabriel S Moses, Sapir Hubermann and Hadas Reshef

8 pm: „Miri Ben-Ari & Symphony of Brotherhood“ – Interactive concert, by and with the Grammy award-winning violinist and producer Miri Ben-Ari

10 pm: „Lights Out?“ – Open Stage Event

→ More information on the programme of Day 3

 

Sun 14 04, from 11am: ID Festival 2024 – Day 4

11 am: „Growth Amidst Challenges – A Playback Theatre Exploration“ – Improv theatre

12 am - 4 pm: „AI Video Prompting“-Workshop with Nicolai Klemke (neural frames)

1-4 pm: „Sacred Rivers“ – Closing ceremony with musical healing circle by The progressive wave

→ More information on the programme of Day 4
Dates
April 2024
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