Displaced. Sold. Betrayed? – African Book Festival Has to Change Venues at Short Notice
Yesterday.Today.Tomorrow is the motto of this year’s African Book Festival, which was supposed to start on Saturday at Napoleon Komplex in Friedrichshain. Suddenly, however, a prohibition of use from the building authorities arrived there yesterday (Tuesday). The operation of the popular venue at Modersohnbrücke is thus shut down until further notice.
This drastic action, interpreted as excessive by the directors of Napoleon Komplex, is part of a policy of displacement and gentrification in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg that has been going on for years and to which the popular African Book Festival almost fell victim.
It is only thanks to the solidarity of Berlin’s cultural scene that it can still take place from 26-28 August. Within a few hours, the Alte Münze in Mitte agreed to host the festival on Saturday and Sunday. Friday, we’re at Festsaal Kreuzberg. … continue reading