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Reformbühne Heim & Welt

The thoughts of the Glückliche Arbeitslosen

Berlin with a wink: come by on a Sunday evening to hear the ironic tales spun by authors at Reformbühne Heim & Welt.

At least six men have taken the simple stage each and every Sunday since 1995. A bare spotlight shines on the microphone. The group sits on the other side of a long table. Every now and then they invite guests to join them. One after another, they step up to the mike. They read their texts to the audience, captivating them with an ironic mix of literature and political agitation. It's not for nothing that they used to call themselves the "League for Struggle and Leisure". The thoughts of the Glückliche Arbeitslosen ("Happily Unemployed") are presented at Reformbühne Heim & Welt.

The permanent members of the group include:

  • Ahne, famous for his dialogues with God
  • Uli Hannemann with his short stories from Neukölln
  • Jakob Hein, who, among other things, has written an instruction manual for Berlin
  • Falko Hennig with his manic journalling
  • Heiko Werning, who also happens to be a herpetologist, and
  • Jürgen Witte

Various greats from Berlin's literary scene were once members of Reformbühne Heim & Welt, including Wladimir Kaminer, Bjov Berg, and Manfred Maurenbrecher.

The authors have taken the stage together for more than 20 years. Reformbühne Heim & Welt got its start in a chocolate shop in central Berlin in 1995. From 1999 to 2014, the writers appeared at the legendary Kaffee Burger. After another interim spot, they can now be found every Sunday evening from 8 pm in the "Roter Salon" of the Volksbühne in Rosa Luxemburg Platz. It's best to arrive a few minutes early as the best seats are taken quickly.