February/March 2023

Bernardine Evaristo photographed by Tom Jamieson

British Council Literature Seminar 2023: Oyoun Berlin, 16-18 March

We are delighted that Bernardine Evaristo, renowned writer, academic and Man Booker Prize Winner 2019, will chair the British Council Literature Seminar in 2023. The seminar will be on the topic of Class and contemporary UK writing. The seminar will consist of public readings by Bernardine Evaristo and Kit de Waal, presentations by Daljit Nagra, Joelle Taylor and Wayne Holloway-Smith, a panel discussion and four author-led workshops. Registrations are open!

DANCE: 21 Common “The Ballad of The Apathetic Son and his Narcissistic Mother”, Tanzhaus NRW, Düsseldorf, 5 March

Lucy and Raedie are mother and son. They both love the singer Sia VERY much. They love her music, her videos and especially her hair. So they decided to create their performance from the Australian pop superstar's iconic moves. Sia becomes a catalyst to explore the relationship between a son and his mother. It is about experiences of a dynamic relationship between a seemingly adult mother and her son, between a woman and a boy, and ultimately between the artist duo.

DANCE: Scottish Dance Theatre perform “Antigone (Interrupted)” at TanzMainz, 14 March

A young woman is ready to die to defend what she believes is right. A king is determined to impose his will as the rule of law. Antigone is played by Solène Weinachter; a Parisian dancer and actress. The successful production Antigone, Interrupted comes to Mainz from the Scottish Dance Theatre in Dundee. The artistic director of the company, Joan Clevillé, has tailored this intimate solo to the body of his celebrated performer. Tickets here.

FILM: Diese Briten Diese Deutschen in Greifswald 20 and 27 March

In 1987 and 1988, an unusual film co-production occurred between the GDR and Great Britain. For the first time, film teams travel to the other country, bring people in front of their cameras and let them talk about their living and working situations. Filming takes place at STRAZE in Greifswald.

LITERATURE: Bernardine Evaristo on tour in Frankfurt and Munich, 13 and 15 March

Bernardine Bevaristo reads from "Mr. Loverman" (Tropics), telling the story of Barrington Jedidiah Walker and the Caribbean community in England. More importantly, it is also about homosexual love. And about the courage it takes to break out of constraints. See her in Frankfurt and Munich in March.

the Literature Seminar's logo: the words now, neu and NI in phonetics

LITERATURE: British Council Literature Seminar, watch online

Now Neu NI: Contemporary Writing from Northern Ireland. The British Council Literature Seminar 2022 will connect a new generation of writers and readers. Join the conversation and watch new and established writers from Northern Ireland first-hand in discussions and readings. Watch online now

LITERATURE: Ned Beauman presents ‘Venomous Lumpsucker' at lit.cologne, Köln, 11 March

Has a computer glitch wiped out the planet's most intelligent fish? The Brahmasamudram Mining Company, active in deep-sea mining, probably has the habitat of the common lumpfish on its conscience. No problem, because in Ned Beauman's clever and hilarious near-future satire Venomous Lumpsucker, companies can acquire so-called extinction certificates if they participate in the extinction of a species. Buy tickets for his reading in Cologne here.

MUSIC: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra on tour 19-29 March

Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla and the CBSO perform a programme of Weinberg, Schumann and Prokofiev, joined by pianist Kirill Gerstein. See them in Essen, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Cologne and Munich. All dates and ticket details here.

MUSIC: London Symphony Orchestra on tour at Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, 8 March

Canadian singer and conductor Barbara Hannigan, performing with the London Symphony Orchestra, has a vast spectrum, ranging from contemporary music – her great passion – way back into the past. It’s typical of her that she combines significant figures from earlier eras, like Bach and Haydn, with contemporary composers in one programme. She has selected music for this concert that particularly moves her with its emotional depth. Tickets here.

MUSIC: MärzMusik festival 17-27 March

MaerzMusik sees itself as a place to exchange artistic knowledge through new encounters and shared experiences. Developed from different perspectives of listening, contemporary music and sound, the festival opens up a shared experience with concerts, performances, music theatre, installation and discursive formats. London-based Riot Ensemble perform at Berlin's MärzMusik festival on 25 March. Tickets are available here.