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WAR OR PEACE. Crossroads of History 1918 | 2018

History Festival in Berlin in October 2018

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WAR OR PEACE. Crossroads of history 1918 2018
2018 marks the centenary of the end of the First World War. On the occasion of its remembrance, the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) and the Maxim Gorki Theatre Berlin invite international guests and artists to explore questions of "War or Peace?" throughout history.

1918 is essentially linked to the end of the First World War, the "Great War" that had upended Europe and the world.
While some were mourning losses and defeat, 1918 marked the rise of new nations and identities for others. Hopes and visions for a brighter and peaceful future collided with continuing violence in various shapes and forms. Entirely different notions of coexistence, peace and democracy were deliberated both peacefully and with violent or suppressive means. Ambiguities like these are symptomatic not only for the time after the First World War, but for many crossroads of global history.

This in mind, the festival “War or Peace?” aims to capture the variety of different – sometimes competing – narratives and to explore their consequences for todays reality. From October 17 to 21, 2018, over 300 young guests will meet in Berlin to take part in a rich and diverse festival programme. Via different topics and approaches, they will investigate how notions, expectations and reality of War and Peace differed throughout space and time and how memory and mutual understanding have strong effects on current political and civic activity. By pooling different identities, diverse perspectives as well as ideas of remembrance and utopia, they will voice their common perspectives on the past, the present and the future in unexpected and creative ways. Innovative and unexpected methods and perspectives are part of the festival’s unique approach. Various workshops constitute the core of the festival. In each workshop, participants will apply themselves to a subtheme with a creative and scholarly approach in order to shed light on contrasts and narratives of the events in and after 1918 and their meaning for today.

The Opening Ceremony

The Closing Ceremony: You can find all the livestreams here

The Maxim Gorki Theatre Berlin will contribute to the multi-perspective approach of the festival by setting up a corresponding cultural programme. International artists will share their perspectives apart from normative narratives. Guests are cordially invited to take part in public events of the festival in Berlin, such as theatre plays, performances, discussion boards and the presentation of the workshop results.


17.10.2018 until 21.10.2018


Maxim Gorki Theater
Am Festungsgraben 2
10117 Berlin

Palais am Festungsgraben
Am Festungsgraben 1
10117 Berlin


young international professionals up to 30 years, stakeholders actively involved in projects or NGOs in the field of the subjects of the festival, international workshop leaders


The festival is a project of the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) & the Maxim Gorki Theatre Berlin, in cooperation with the German Federal Cultural Foundation, supported by the Federal Foreign Office.


Please note that the registration is now closed. For all information about the festival, have a look at the offical website:


Federal Agency for Civic Education
Adenauerallee 86
53113 Bonn

Project Management
Nina Schillings & Jutta Spoden
Tel +49 (0)228 99515-265 / -287 &

Administration and Processing
Yvonne Görtz
Tel +49 (0)228 99515-511 / -501

Conference Management
Schumannstr. 5
10117 Berlin
Vagedes & Schmid GmbH
Osterfeldstraße 6
22529 Hamburg


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