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Arab revolutions, Days of Rage in London and Occupy: Worldwide protest movements are demanding greater participation in political processes; young people everywhere are calling for social change. ‘Dare real [DEMO!cracy]‘ – that is also the goal of this year’s FESTIWALLA, Berlin’s youth theatre festival from and for young people which will undertake a critical and artistic exploration of the practice of democracy. From November 1 to 3, 2012, young people from Germany and the world will present their views and demands for political participation in plays, workshops, performances, music, readings, films and discussions, taking over the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin for three days.

The internationally renowned Freedom Theatre from the Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank will be performing its play Stolen Dreams. The Freedom Theatre is an outstanding initiative for the creation of a future Palestinian society which attempts to generate a positive identity through art, culture and education. Stolen Dreams is an homage to Juliano Mer-Khamis, the founder of the Freedom Theatre who was murdered in 2011.

In addition to this explosive production the program also includes current performances from the JugendtheaterBüro, the Grips Theater Berlin, the P-14 Volksbühne Berlin as well as the performance group of the Schaubühne Berlin.

Read more about the festival here.
See the complete program here.

Youth Theatre Festival

November 1 – 3, 2012, free admission
Haus der Kulturen der Welt
/ John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10 / 10557 Berlin
Reservations recommended: 030-48815220,

Photo: Stolen Dreams, Freedom Theatre, Jenin, directed by Qais Sadi