• ID Festival 2016: Dancing to the end © Ruthe Zuntz
  • ID Festival 2016: NO-MAD © Ruthe Zuntz
  • ID Festival 2016: Tamer Nafar and friends © Ruthe Zuntz
  • ID Festival 2016: Omer Klein Trio © Ruthe Zuntz
  • ID Festival 2016: Ohad Ben-Ari © Ruthe Zuntz
  • ID Festival 2016: Anina Brisolla - Lost, exhibitionview © Ruthe Zuntz
  • ID Festival 2016: The Next Generation Cabaret © Ruthe Zuntz
  • ID Festival 2016: Makembo! © Ruthe Zuntz
  • ID Festival 2016: Sferraina - Baroque from Yemen © Ruthe Zuntz
  • ID Festival 2016: Amir Yatziv - The German Village, exhibitionview © Ruthe Zuntz
  • ID Festival 2016: Lights & Vessels © Ruthe Zuntz
  • Curatorial team of ID Festival Berlin 2016: Elad Lapidot, Ohad Ben-Ari, Alona Harpaz (from left to right) | ID Festival 2016, Christoph Neumann
  • Performing this year: Dancing to the end © Emilien Leonhardt
  • Performing this year: Omer Klein Trio
  • On display in 2016: Anina Brisolla - Migration, confetti, spray paint, 120 x 80cm, 2014, detail © Övgü Özer
  • On display in 2016: Nezaket Ekici & Shahar Marcus - Sand Clock, 2012, video still, © Maya Elram
  • ID Festival 2015 © Danny Kurz
  • ID Festival 2015 © Danny Kurz
  • ID Festival 2015 © Danny Kurz
  • ID Festival 2015 © Danny Kurz
  • ID Festival 2015 © Danny Kurz
  • ID Festival 2015 © Danny Kurz
  • ID Festival 2015 © Danny Kurz
  • ID Festival 2015 © Danny Kurz
  • ID Festival 2015 © Danny Kurz

ID Festival Berlin 2016

Migration told through German-Israeli art

The ID Festival Berlin 2016 artistically explored 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 wished to create a space where communication and cooperation can foster a better understanding between Israelis and other minorities in Germany.

The question of identity was still a big part of our festival, where specifically in the year 2016 we wanted to examine the effects of various migratory currents in and out of Germany on the Israeli artist community here. We took a closer look at the resulting exchanges, relationships, struggles and transformations, as represented through various art disciplines and media.

We were happy to invite you for three days of music, dance, theatre, film and visual arts at RADIALSYSTEM V. We continued our collaboration with the gallery CIRCLE1 on an exhibition portraying the multifaceted voices of the Israeli art scene in Berlin. Additionally, we were glad to present a series of discussions titled Beyond Borders developed by Dr. Elad Lapidot of the Zentrum Jüdische Studien Berlin.

»Despite enduring memories of the Holocaust and fears of a brain drain, Israeli artists continue to move to Berlin. Events like the ID Festival reveal how the city helps them forge identities in an unlikely place.«
Sarah Hucal, Deutsche Welle, 20.10.2016

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.

Patron: Prof. Monika Grütters MdB, Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media

ID Festival 2015 © Danny Kurz

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.

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ID Festival Berlin 2016

»Migration told through Israeli-German art«

21–23 October 2016


Watch our video about ID 2016 here.