ID Festival Berlin 2016

Migration told through German-Israeli art

The ID Festival Berlin 2016 artistically explores the current issue of migration and refugees. This topic strongly resonates in the hearts of Israelis, stories of »migration« and »refuge« have always been an integral part of Israel’s history and Israeli’s sense of identity. Through art and discussion we wish to create a space where communication and cooperation can foster a better understanding between Israelis and other minorities in Germany.

The question of identity is still a big part of our festival, where specifically this year we would like to examine the effects of various migratory currents in and out of Germany on the Israeli artist community here. We wish to take a closer look at the resulting exchanges, relationships, struggles and transformations, as represented through various art disciplines and media.

We are happy to invite you for three days of music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts at Radialsystem V. We continue our collaboration with the gallery Circle 1 on an exhibition portraying the multifaceted voices of the Israeli art scene in Berlin. Additionally, we are glad to present a series of discussions titled »Beyond Borders« developed by Dr. Elad Lapidot of the Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin.

Festival Info

In October 2015, the first edition of the ID Festival Berlin celebrated the formation of a new and vibrant Israeli artist community in Germany. Impressed by the big number of Israeli musicians living and working in Germany, Ohad Ben-Ari had the idea to create a symphony orchestra made of just Israeli musicians who live here. Thanks to the encouragement of the German Bundestag a multifaceted festival for performing and visual arts was born. Over a hundred artists, speakers, and performers partook in the festival’s numerous events, ranging from exhibitions to dance and theater performances, classical and world music concerts, film screenings, and philosophical discussions. The overlaying theme that inspired all of these beautiful works was that of identity and origin, a topic to which we partially owe our festivals’ name. ID Festival Berlin was eventually made possible by the generous support of the German Ministry of Culture and Media. The ID Festival Berlin is administered by the Schwarzkopf Stiftung Junges Europa.

Festival Founder

Ohad Ben-Ari is an Is­raeli-born pi­anist and composer. He won nu­mer­ous top prizes at in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions and ap­peared as soloist with or­ches­tras around the world. After moving to the USA, Ohad branched out to a successful career as a music producer. Since 2010, Ohad Ben-Ari re­sides with his family in Berlin, where he con­tin­ues his work as a classical pianist and composer. Together with his longtime musical partner Guy Braunstein, Ohad serves as an artis­tic di­rec­tor of the music fes­ti­val »Bahn­hof Roland­seck«. Ohad’s first original composition for piano and or­ches­tra, »Tips«, took place early in 2013 with the Ham­burger Sym­phoniker. In 2014 his con­certo for Marimba was pre­miered in Tokyo and in 2015 Ben-Ari’s composition »Vi­o­lins of Hope« was com­mis­sioned and performed by the Berliner Phil­har­moniker.


ID Festival Berlin 2016

»Migration told through Israeli-German art«

21–23 October 2016

Radialsystem V, Berlin