Dienstag, 29. Januar 2019

Chinese New Year Celebrations in Berlin 2019

Chinese New Year Celebrations in Berlin 2019

Text Lily Fürstenow

The Chinese New year Celebrations in Potsdamer Platz Arkaden fascinated the public with spectacular dances, refined costumes, martial arts performances and an impressive dragon dance with fireworks introducing the new year celebrations. According to the Chinese calender this year – the year of pig – promises prosperity, rich revenues, good luck in business and all sorts of wellbeing. The Chinese, who consider this as the most important festivity of the year, dedicate this event several days of celebrations. New Year is also the festivity to celebrate the beginning of spring and the peasants start with farming right after the festivities are over. 

The new year celebration events in the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden were organised by the Chinese Cultural Center Berlin and by the Forum Neue Seidenstrasse. The performances and concerts were free for everyone to attend – an exceptional gesture of generosity and openness on the part of the organisers. No tickets or guest lists were required. The tradition of celebration of new year with a arts and crafts fair, a whole set of live performances, singing and dancing has already a 10-year tradition in Berlin. Exceptional quality of arts and crafts goods together with the talented artists presenting and explaining the process of working offered the guests a unique possibility to learn more about the centuries-old traditions of Chinese jewellery makers, woodwork as well as paper cutting and embroidery. 

The singing and dancing ensemble of Hubei Province offered Berliners an unforgettable singing and dancing programme. The ensemble was founded in 1992 and was able to inspire its audiences with over 2,000 performances and win 280 national and international awards. The ensemble is known for choreographies and performances in numerous well-known TV formats of the Chinese State Television (CCTV). Berlin based Chinese cultural associations also had a chance to demonstrate their skills in dance, wushu and taichi. 
At the invitation of the Chinese Cultural Center Berlin seven artisans, all of them bearers of China's immaterial cultural heritage, demonstrated and explained to the guests their crafts, including silversmithing, Jianchuan wood carving, Tuina massage, calligraphic engraving techniques for seal carving, textile dyeing, embroidery of the Yi people and paper cutting. The performances were organized by the Shenzhen Culture and Tourism Center. Berliners could also learn about the production of Hulusi instruments, the brocade fabric of the Dai people, the production of the Pu´er tea and the creation of purple and black ceramics.

Learning a foreign culture through senses is the best way of getting acquainted with the new. Therefore one of the most important events of the program was the opportunity to taste dishes from the original Chinese cuisine. In Vox Restaurant in the Grand Hyatt Hotel Berlin some exceptionally delicious dishes with exotic Chinese names were prepared for the guests to taste. The food was prepare according to centuries-old Chinese recipes dating back to the 12thcentury, some of the named by poets and writers who invented them. To introduce Chinese cuisine in Berlin top cooks from Chengdu region, the capital of the Chinese province Sichuan, were invited to consult German cooks and to cook together. Throughout the celebration days 10 Chinese cooks showed their high art of cooking and enriched the daily menu of the restaurant Vox. The cooking events were organized by the Foreign Affairs Office of the Chengdu City Government. 

In addition to that for those interested in languages the course department of the Chinese Cultural Center Berlin offered an opportunity to learn the Chinese language, Chinese calligraphy and painting as well as the art of paper cutting. All in all everything possible was done by the organisers to let the guests
 enjoy all senses in order to feel and understand the culture of China at its best: through taste, arts and crafts, and aesthetic perfection.

Here are the videorecordings of the amazing performances at the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden:







Text, video recordigns and images courtesy of ARE/Artistic Research Encounters

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Dienstag, 8. Januar 2019

Prisoners of World War I in German Camps 1914-1918 by Dr. Lily Fürstenow

Article on Prisoners of World War I in German Camps during 1914-1918 by Dr. Lily Fürstenow published in Kartvelology Scientific Magazine issued by Ilia State University, Tbilisi, Georgia

Photo with the prisoners in their national costumes and the information form containing data on each prisoner (nationality, race, date and place of birth, parents, languages, ability to sing or play music instruments)

Politics of Installation by Boris Groys for e-flux magazine, tranlsated by Dr. Lily Fürstenow into Georgian and published in the Saunje Magazine


Mittwoch, 19. Dezember 2018

Farbenspiele. Curated by Lily Fürstenow. Participating Artists: Christian Awe, Christine Kühn, Tammam Azzam, Christopher Lehmpfuhl, Maj-Synje Berns, Teona Paichadze, Tamara Kvesitadze, Samira Freitag at the Ministry of Finances, Land Brandenburg, Potsdam

Ausstellungseröffnung ‚Farbenspiele‘, Ministerium der Finanzen Land Brandenburg, Potsdam. 6.12.2018. 

Staatssekretärin, Daniela Trochowski, Künstler Christian Awe, Kuratorin, Dr. Lily Fürstenow-Khositashvili. Farbenspiele series by Christian Awe

Die Ausstellung kann Montags bis Freitags in der Zeit von 6 bis 18 Uhr besichtigt werden. Eintritt frei. Ausstellungsdauer 7.12.2018-26.04.2019

The group show is inspired by the series Farbenspiele by artist Christian Awe specially created for this exhibition and this space.

Address. Heinrich-Mann-Allee 107, Potsdam

Eröffnungsrede Staatssekretärin, Daniela Trochowski und Dr. Lily Fürstenow-Khositashvili

Eröffnungsrede Kuratorin, Dr. Lily Fürstenow-Khositashvili

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Petrick, Samira Freitag, Christian Awe, Lily Fürstenow-Khositashvili

 Farbenspiele, Christian Awe, junge Geigerin

Kuratorin, Dr. Lily Fürstenow-Khositashvili

Christian Awe

Christopher Lehmpfuhl

Tamara Kvesitadze

Christian Awe

Samira Freitag

Tammam Azzam

Teona Paichadze

Maj-Synje Berns

Christine Kühn

Teona Paichadze

Samira Freitag und Gäste, Ausstellungsrundgang


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