• ID Festival 2016: Ariel Nil Levy © Ruthe Zuntz
  • ID Festival 2016: Guy Braunstein © Ruthe Zuntz
  • ID Festival 2016: Ohad Ben-Ari © Ruthe Zuntz
  • ID Festival 2016: Olga Grjasnowa © Ruthe Zuntz
  • ID Festival 2016: Steve Sabella © Ruthe Zuntz
  • ID Festival 2016: Mati Shemoelof © Ruthe Zuntz
  • ID Festival 2016: Elad Lapidot © Ruthe Zuntz

Festival kick-off

In the beginning, a philosophical discussion round with the title Language Beyond Borders will be lead by Dr. Elad Lapidot. A group of writers and intellectuals, migrants of various lingual descent, will discuss the one thing that they all share in common: the fact that the language they use in their work and thought is outside of its original territory. The Israeli violinist Guy Braunstein will play together with the Israeli pianist, composer, and the festival’s director Ohad Ben-Ari excerpts from the opera Eugene Onegin by Tchaikovsky. Braunstein, who was the principal violin in the Berlin Philharmonics for many years, has arranged the pieces for violin and piano.

With welcoming speeches by Rüdiger Kruse, MdB, and Ohad Ben-Ari, artistic director of ID Festival 2016.
The actor Ariel Nil Levy will guide you through the evening.


About the program:

Panel discussion Language Beyond Borders
Any language can be spoken anywhere. But there seems to be no stronger attachment to a place, no local identity more distinct than language. This attachment is so basic that it is only felt, as a shock, when you go away, elsewhere. The foreignness of language is the most primal, most difficult, most persistent experience of the foreign place. Language is the obstacle on which the immigrant constantly stumbles, constantly remains immigrant, a foreigner. His language is the place, the world, the home that he can never leave. Still, any language can be spoken anywhere. Is there a promise – political, linguistic, social or other – of language beyond borders? Perhaps there is a multi-lingual existence, or a place of many tongues? Where the ›foreign‹ ceases to be foreign, and the ›familiar‹ is no longer ›native‹? To discuss these questions we invite authors who live and write in-between languages.

curator & moderator:
Dr. Elad Lapidot (philosopher)
guest speakers:
Olga Grjasnowa (author)
Steve Sabella (artist, author)
Mati Shemoelof (author, poet, journalist and activist)

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Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) – Scenes from the opera Eugene Onegin, op. 24
Lensky’s Aria
Letter Scene
Arranged for violin and piano by Guy Braunstein

Guy Braunstein, violin
Ohad Ben-Ari, piano


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2016-10-21 19:00:00 2016-10-21 21:00:00 Europe/Berlin Festival kick-off

The opening event will bring us to focus on this year’s topic: migration. Through music, film, literature and philosophy we will investigate the possible influences that migration as a phenomenon produces on our thinking, creative choices, and subsequent artistic outputs.

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