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Building Bridges 2019 – Thank you! Merci! Danke! Gracias! شكر, ممنون, …

Newsletter #17

Some of us were very informed and present when Oplatz was occupied by the refugees in 2012 who participated in the march from Würzburg (Bavaria) to Berlin. This is the reason why we decided to hold this festival there having in mind that feminism is for everybody.It was no secret that we got real excited when we managed to get permission to hold our summer festival at the Oplatz. This was due to the historic connection it has with the refugee movement and we couldn`t have a better topic than calling it “Building Bridges Festival”.

It is a pity though from some of the comments and hearsay, that some groups, activists and individuals perceived it as a refugee women activity. At this point, we would like to say a big “THANK YOU” to all those who supported us in different fields (financially, facilitation of workshops, translations, childcare, cooking, cleaning, security, spaces in the neighbourhood, entertainment, publicity, building and demolishing the tents etc.) as groups or individuals and of course the participants. Together we managed to make a successful and memorable three day festival.

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Mobile reporting during Building Bridges Festival on Feminism

Building Bridges Festival took place between 26-28 July 2019 in Oranienplatz. It was a moment to take back Oplatz as a place of reference for the refugee movement in the public space and where many fights have been won.

This time it was through a Festival that women* brought the feminist perspective of refugee women on refugee issues and opened a conversation with other feminist groups on how to build up a intersectional feminism. The following video, is part of a mobile reporting workshop, facilitated by and offered by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung.

We also have to thank the area of migration and Africa department of Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung the financial support for our festival, thanks to which we could make it happen.

Short film

Opening Speech – Building Bridges Festival

We, Women in Exile & Friends from Berlin/Brandenburg welcome all of you to our “Building Bridges” festival. We welcome you together with sisters from Stimme der Frauen from Magdeburg, FLIT Solidarity Africa from Munich, Frauen in Aktion from Göttingen , NINA from Hamburg, Activists from Halle, Nürnberg, Kiel, Mecklenburg Vorpommern, Sachsen-Anhalt and refugee women* from all over Germany. Welcome!

This festival will take place for the next three days here in Oranienplatz, a square which is of historic significance for the self-organized refugee movement in Germany. As some might know in 2012, seven years ago, refugees marched by foot from Bavaria to Berlin. Right here, they set up a protest camp to protest against the oppression of refugees in Germany.

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Festival’s program

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Last INFOS Building Bridges Festival 26.-28.07

The building Bridges Festival starts tomorrow on Friday at 12°° noon, we
are excited and looking forward to having you. So far over 150 women and
60 children have officially registered and many more are requesting for
participating through telephone calls and emails.

How to arrive:
The festival is taking place at “Oranienplatz” , 10999 Berlin

From Berlin Hauptbahnhof take Sbahn to Janowitzbrücke then Ubahn 8 to
Moritzplatz. Form there 5 min walk (see map attached).
On arrival please report straight at the info table and from here you
will get all the information about the festival.

We  are Still looking for people who can help us out with farsi
translation, if you can do so please present yourself at the info table.

For any questions, here is the number of our Info Telephone: 01521
(also whatsApp)

If you have the possibility, please bring a bed sheet.

We are excited and looking forward to seeing you all!

Your Building Bridges Orga Team

PM: “Building bridges” Festival: A protest camp for refugee women* in Oranienplatz

Women in Exile and Friends, a refugee women*s’ organization, want to hold a protest camp in a form of a festival between 26th – 28th July, because we want to continue fighting against racism, sexism and discrimination in a joyful way. Our everyday life is full of pain and hard times, hence as a political strategy when we come together, we want to care about ourselves. We are organizing it with our national wide networks and with the support from local activist groups.

But the protest camp “Building Bridges Festival” is encountering resistance amongst the authorities to allow it to happen in Oranienplatz, a reference for the refugee movement. Oranienplatz is a symbol of resistance against laws that violate basic human rights as the freedom of movement, proper accommodation, right to education and work. Asylum Law makes refugees second class citizens and means double discrimination for refugee women*.

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Festival Building Bridges Registration

Building Bridges Festival is a protest camp for all women*.
During the workshops and depending on attendance, the priority will be given to refugee women.

Now registration is closed.

Call for support for the festival

Dear friends & supporters,

From 26.-29.July, we from Women in Exile & Friends are inviting to
„Bulding Bridges“ Festival in O-Platz Berlin. The festival is for
refugee women* (individuals and refugee women groups) and women* working
with and for refugee women* issues. We will have different interesting
activities like workshops, discussions, cultural and artistic stage
programm etc.

To make the festival a success, we are asking for your support in the
following areas:

  • setting up the Festival
  • child care
  • night shifts
  • kitchen
  • floater

If you have time and energy to support, please write us a mail on which
days you are available or which shifts are possible to make. Also if you
would like to have more information, just write to:>

We are happy about every helping hand and are very thankful for your

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Building Bridges Festival 26.-28.07. 2019

Translation: AR | FR | FA |

Women in Exile & Friends are planning a three day open air summer action camp in Berlin. The protest camp is for refugee women* (individuals and refugee women groups) and women* working with and for refugee women* issues. This protest camp will enable all of us to exchange on our experiences as refugee women* living in isolation, facing racism and sexism. It will also give us the opportunity to explore on borders hindering our participation and to women in solidarity to reflect on their roles.

Our aim is to bring together refugee women* who have participated on national wide actions we have been organising since the year 2014. The refugee women* from Berlin/Brandenburg, Stimme der Frauen (Magdeburg), FLIT Solidarity Africa (Munich), Flüchtlingsfrauengruppe (Göttingen), NINA (Hamburg), Activists from Nürnberg, Kiel, Mecklenburg Vorpommern and possibly all the refugee women* we have come into contact with over the years.

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