To mark the Language for Resilience exhibition, we joined with The Migration Hub Network in Berlin for an event focussing on how languages factor in resilience in Germany. “Language can play a role in building a sense of belonging..." - Arig Ibrahim, Translaid Munich ©

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The 2018 programme has ram-packed with events of all shapes and sizes. From art exhibitions to language workshops, things have been busy in Germany. Here are a few of the highlights from some of the smaller-scale events. 

Through research/projects with refugees around the world the British Council has identified how language is crucial for migrants and the communities that receive them. Having live-streamed the exhibition opening speeches, we were given a virtual tour of the exhibition with Google Cardboards. ©

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Our event brought together representatives from different civil society groups from Berlin and elsewhere in Germany, working on arts and culture, education, legal, resourcing, translation and interpretation and other newcomer issues. Together we discussed the Language for Resilience research and the parallels with Germany, and look forward to producing a report on the topics and ideas, and working with partners to decide a way forward. ©

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We were also proud to support the Simon Faithfull exhibition in Berlin. Those that came to the opening night began at the exhibition at Bikin Berlin, a venue with a view across the treetops of the iconic Berlin Zoo. Together we all carried our chairs into the aquarium where Faithfull gave a lecture between the open ocean and mangrove tanks. The audience was bolstered by hundreds of sharks and giant fish who seemed to listen enthralled. ©

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Celebration, Florida, a show for anyone who has ever missed anyone or anything, brought together performers to meet for the first time as they walked on stage with London-based artist Greg Wohead. Together they boldly combined speech, music and movement in a dream-like story-telling sequence about identity and loss. The show was performed in Berlin by Carrie Getman and Andre Neely, and Quatis Tarkington and Saudia Young. ©

English Theatre Berlin. Celebration, Florida, part of the UK/Germany 2018 Affiliate Programme

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