MELT: Migration in Europe and Local Tradition.

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Festival Soho in Ottakring, 17 – 31 May 2008

The opening of the Soho festival is traditionally an occasion when many people, and to a great extent artists from all over the town (and beyond), walk through the festival area. The local MELT band played on the main stage with the aim of inspiring the multicultural audience. The music pieces covered a variety of languages in order to show the variety and potential of the SOHO festival in cooperation with the MELT project. Further events in accordance with the MELT project were announced live on stage. People danced and enjoyed themselves.

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The Vienna Improvisers Orchestra – conducted instant compositions, 22 May 2008

Idea, coordination, conduction: Michael Fischer. The project background refers to the work of orchestras founded by music collectives since the late 1960s in some European towns as a reaction to the conservative institutional structures within music business. The aim is to perform free improvised music and instant composition.

Vienna Improvisers Orchestra has been working since 2005 on methods of structuring music within large, freely improvising ensembles under the leadership of a conductor. Before the start of a concert, the conductor and the musicians agree on a number of hand signals as a way of communicating throughout the concert. They are a means of strengthening the musical interpretation of each artist in the orchestra and his/her influence on the collective’s work.

As the exchange of different cultural musical ideas improves the musical input, an important field is the incorporation of musicians with different cultural backgrounds, which is well supported within the participative process of the collective’s music creation. The audience is able to follow the real time process of creating a musical piece by seeing the conducting work of the conductor (hand signals) and listening to the ensemble’s musical ad-hoc reaction. This provides an ‘inside hearing experience’ with visual reference points for the audience, sharing transparent moments of music generation.

The performance concentrated on the theme of migration and combined music and readings in four languages (Arabic, Bulgarian, Spanish, German) by the two authors Zwetelina Damjanova and Semier Insayif. The musicians (from a total of 11 different ethnic migrant backgrounds, mostly second and third-generation, e.g. from Poland, Bulgaria, Finland, France, Switzerland, U.S.A. and Arabian countries) were: Alexandru Barabaş, Adrian Ivaniţchi, Ian Chapman, Mikolaj Trzaska, Isabell Kargl, Liselotte Lengl, Otto Horvath, Ilse Riedler, Nikolaus Afentulidis Jean Christoph Mastnak, Eric Arn, Clementine Gasser, Thomas Stempkowski, Daniel Klemmer. The inclusion of Romanian folk songs was a central element during the evening for all. For musicians coming from totally different social and (rural) musical contexts, the exchange and process of melting with the Romanian musicians was a highly essential and productive part.

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Music Distillery, 23 May, 2008

Idea and coordination: Dominik Nostitz. The concept was intended as a symbol of the situation of migration: communicating in a new environment with people of various cultures. The aim was to encourage transcultural, creative processes through a clash of (music) traditions, communicative and intercultural advancements and intense exchange. The Music Distillery thus invited artists from different musical genres and cultural backgrounds. It was important that the musicians had never played together before - a risk concerning the musical output. The artists came from Irak, Iran, Israel, Paraguay, UK, Sudan, Italy, Rumania, Canada, Poland, Switzerland, Austria and more.

The task was to unite 18 musicians, a video artist and the technicians for one concert and show. A presenter guided the audience through the evening. The audience voted for a combination out of the pool of musicians, after which varying settings lasting from 5 – 10 minutes were created (not every artist had an equal amount of time to perform). Every set would correspond to the freshly “migrated” mix of musicians and create a new sound according to the way the musicians interacted live on stage. It was a kind of musical “small talk” experiment, spontaneous and sometimes chaotic.

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Urban Narratives, March 2008 – March 2009

Interviews: Nelin Tunç, Ula Schneider, Obiora C­-Ik Ofoedu. Over a period of one year, Nelin Tunc, Ula Schneider and Charles Ofoedu interviewed a number of artists from primarily migrant backgrounds from the cities of Birmingham, Munich, Istanbul and Vienna on their situation. The interviewers focused on the issue of the extent to which the artists’ work is influenced by their own tradition or that of their host country. The interviews were recorded on video and evaluated in a compact study. The results of the interviews were presented to the public at the conference in Genoa. Excerpts can be found in this publication.

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Global Gathering, 12 March 2008

An evening event sharing cultures and socialising with those from our community. With food, drink, arts and culture. Open to local community, families, organisations and voluntary groups.

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Golden Hillock Mela, 5 July 2008

Each summer the Golden Hillock Mela takes place for the local community, bringing together young and older to celebrate and participate in a range of cultural activities. Mela is a Sanskrit word meaning ’gathering’. It is used in the Indian subcontinent for all sizes of gathering and can be of a religious, commercial, cultural or sporting nature. Community ownership of these melas is important, as they are chances to share cultural heritage incorporating music, dance, food and other aspects of mainstream culture. They are opportunities for bridge building and community building, and can serve a strong socially cohesive function.

The 2008 Golden Hillock Mela took place on Saturday 5 July and provided an opportunity to share the work created in the first eight months of the MELT project. The event, although primarily open to the local community, was open to all including those from the ‘global community’.

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Arts Festival, 13 – 14 September 2008

Taking place in Birmingham City Centre over the weekend of 12 – 14 September, ArtsFest 2008 showcased 447 artists or organisations (involving approximately 4,500 individual people) and 581 performances, workshops or exhibitions. Around 245,000 people attended ArtsFest 2008 over the course of the weekend. A wealth of city centre locations were incorporated into the festival site, with stages in the premier city spaces including Centenary Square, Brindleyplace, Victoria Square, The Arcadian Centre.

The Arts Festival was the first opportunity for Golden Hillock School to experiment with an exchange of international musicians. Familienmusik Servi (a family with two sons) from Munich brought their Bavarian tradition to Birmingham and encountered not only English traditions, but also, and primarily, the traditions of Muslims of Pakistani and Somali origins. Initial experiments were held in making music together, involving English and Bavarian musicians but also pupils from Golden Hillock School, and Familienmusik Servi performed at various public places during the Arts Festival.

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Little MELT, 23 – 28 November 2008

Little MELT was the Melting Pot’s first multi-international community event and exchange, with musicians coming from Munich (Duo Jovanovic) and Sighişoara (Adrian Ivaniţchi, Alexandru Barabaş, Tibi Gheza) to Birmingham. The four-day programme provided an opportunity for musicians to work together and experience something of Birmingham’s musical culture and profile through a variety of performances. The programme included

  • Workshops creating new ‘melted’ works involving Birmingham, Munich and Sighişoara musicians led by Ian Chapman.
  • Attendance at local music venues/Birmingham pubs with opportunities to listen to local music, jamming with other musicians, performances of own music
  • Civic Reception with the Lord Mayor with informal performance and presentation of plaque to Claire Marshall by Lord Mayor for her international work within MELT.
  • Small-scale performance to pupils at Golden Hillock School.
  • Community event with workshops and performances to invited local communities.
  • Performance at the annual German Market held in Birmingham City Centre.

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Big MELT, 15 – 20 March 2009

Big MELT was the name given to three days of intensive international exchange hosted by Birmingham with a final event, MEGA MELT, for the local communities. With the visitors arriving on 15 March to experience Birmingham’s culture, the following MELT activities took place on 16, 17 and 18 March: Metro 12: drama exchange between Golden Hillock pupils and students from Genoa, exploring the stories of migration through masks and physical theatre. (This was Part 1 of the project, with Part 2 taking place in Genoa and involving exchange and performance as part of the 2009 SUQ Festival) Photography project between young people from Munich and Birmingham, led by Munich Crossing Borders artist Nguyen Tan Loc and Andrea Huber. As in Munich and Istanbul, Loc and Andrea worked with young people from two cities to examine the similarities between our places and people. Nelin Tunç and Ula Schneider from Vienna continued their research “Urban Narratives”, interviewing artists living in Birmingham to find out more about migration and the impact on their art and our culture.

Munich musician Maxi Pongratz worked with musician Ian Chapman, giving workshops for students of Golden Hillock School and working together towards the finale event.

The community event attracted an unexpected amount of visitors. The theatre piece “The Journey of a Migrant” was performed. At musical level, the project examined the various local traditions in Birmingham, presenting the entire range of cultures represented in the area from an English choir and Muslim male and female choirs to a schoolchildren’s choir. The finale of the event was the Melting Pot Symphony, developed by Ian Chapman with support from choir leader Clare Edwards. The work linked the musical pieces performed in Birmingham and integrated them into the music developed during the SoundLab project in Munich, part of the MakingMusi sub-project. Literally a “melting pot”, which was performed once again in Genoa during the SUQ Festival.

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Local Activities, February – June 2008

Several performances of Adrian Ivaniţchi, Alexandru Barabaş and Tibi Gheza took place locally, experimenting with traditional music and observing the reactions of the audience.

The exhibitions shown during ProEtnica Festival: “Hungarian Traditions in Sighişoara/Segesvar” by Anniko Domokos and “Synagogues of Southern Transylvania” by Julie Dawson and Christian Binder were designed and curated.

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ProEtnica Festival, 21 – 24 August 2008

The ProEtnica programme provided three different forum settings addressing the theme of Local Traditions:

The most prominent for the audiences was the performing arts programme, with dance and music performances on the main open-air stage in the citadel square of the old part of Sighişoara. The supplementary programme presented academic/cultural discussions on themes related to the regional coexistence of ethnic communities in what is today Romania, in addition to visual arts exhibitions by contemporary artists from the participating ethnic communities, information stands and a crafts bazaar.

A three-day MELT workshop was held during the festival with the goal of merging or “melting” traditions. A music workshop based on experiences gained in Vienna was led by Michael Fischer from Vienna. Key roles were played by the “travelling” musicians, Ian Chapman from Birmingham and Maria Hafner from Munich, and writer Charles Ofoedu from Vienna together with Romanian musician Adrian Ivaniţchi. At the end of the festival, they presented their melted experiences “Azul, azul, azul, Sighişoara” in a concert before a large audience on the main stage.

The results of local research were presented in the exhibitions “Hungarian Traditions in Sighişoara/Segesvar” by Anniko Domokos and “Synagogues of Southern Transylvania” by Julie Dawson and Christian Binder. The former exhibition displayed Hungarian clothing and everyday objects, while the latter examined the fate of Transylvanias synagogues after the mass Jewish emigration, capturing the history of these buildings in fascinating photographs. Over the course of the project photos presenting the structural condition of the buildings were taken and their unique story recorded in personal interviews. Many of these buildings have recently undergone, or will soon be subject to, restoration or conversion projects and thus may well lose (or have already lost) a significant degree of individual uniqueness. The photo captions were expressly composed with the intention of communicating to the reader a snapshot of each synagogue’s own distinctive history and fate. In keeping, the newly renovated synagogue in Sighişoara was ceremonially opened during the ProEtnica Festival.

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Local Activities, December 2007 – August 2008

Participatory research started with members of the local community in order to discover Cihangir’s local tradition with regard to historical, cultural and demographic features. A number of meetings were organised to set up partnerships with various other associations and foundations, to examine the four main migration and emigration flows and their impact on life in Cihangir today. The results of this research, and thus also of the experimentation, comprised the production of a documentary film about Cihangir, the photo series “Faces from Cihangir”, an initiative for a “Local Historical Museum of Cihangir” and the creation of a park for the neighbourhood for use in both cultural and social projects.

Cultural work with children was also a focal area of MELT-based local activities which will be continued in the future.

All results were presented to the local public at Renk Ahenk Festival. The opening of the park was arranged to coincide with the opening of the festival.

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Renk Ahenk Festival, 11 – 18 October, 2008

Renk Ahenk Festival was a small but international festival held in Cihangir a few weeks after Ramadan. For seven days, local and international artists met where the continents meet, under the name of Harmony of the Colours (= the meaning of Renk Ahenk). The artists created, exhibited, worked, sang, played, acted, painted, danced, and discussed together. International artists – musicians and drama experts – from the MELT partners were invited for workshops and performances. Most performances were held at public places, thus involving the neighbourhood itself. The main activities of Renk Ahenk were:

  • MELT Music Workshop held by Murat Hasari with local musicians and international musicians from the MELT partner cities
  • Various music concerts and Melted Music Concert at Firuzağa Square, given by the international musicians from the MELT partners (Josef Zapf, Siegfried Haglmo, Ian Chapman, Adrian Ivaniţchi, Alexandru Barabaş, Tatiana Zakharova) and local musicians held in a public space
  • Documentary film “Cihangir” by Hakan Eroglu
  • Drama and music workshop for children by Ian Chapman and Chris Bolton with performance at Firuzağa Square
  • Poetry recited by Carla Peirolero
  • Opening of the new park with ceremonial planting of a tree symbolising the different cultures rooted in Cihangir. Baz-Art, an open-air bazaar where local artists presented and sold their artworks, was held simultaneously. At the same place ethnic food could be offered by anyone interested in sharing their tradition. (“Many Tastes Meet in Cihangir”)
  • Exhibition “Faces from Cihangir”. The 40 portraits had been created by Yusuf Eradam, Erdogan Yalvac, Gokhan Ozacikgoz, Fethi Izan, Mecit Gulaydin and Yorgo Christidis during the project preparation phase and were exhibited on the streets in public spaces.
  • Exhibition of the photographs created during the three-day workshop with photographers and young people from Munich (Andrea Huber, Nguyen Tan Loc) and Istanbul (Cuneyt Gok)
  • Panel discussion on “Migration and Local Culture” with academics from Istanbul and international guests (Karin Sommer, Carla Peirolero, Charles Ofoedu) from the MELT partners
  • Panel discussion on “Foundation of Local History Museum in Cihangir” with Ass. Prof. Suhendan Ilal, Nazan Atasoy, Halim Bulutoglu, M. Hakan Guruney
  • Cultural Visit – Tours: local guides organised tours of the quarters of Istanbul: Cihangir, Galata, Ayaspaşa and Tarlabaşı
  • Visits to the studios of local artists
  • Ethnic Concerts - Performances: ranging from religious choirs to single performances by amateur or professional ethnic music or dance groups including Koralistanbul, Gayda

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Suq Festival 2008, 7 – 21 June 2008

The Suq festival once again offered its proven formula of a mixture of musical and theatrical exhibitions, dance and cookery lessons, foreign language courses, discussions on the themes of immigration and cultural assimilation, and refreshments from diverse cuisines. It was fascinating to study, observe and appreciate the different areas of knowledge and forms of expression that immigrants – “foreigners” in general – bring from their own life experience... their traditional roots, their ways of living, eating, loving... and to explore the ways in which their journey changes Genoa and, indeed, life within all large metropolitan centres.

The MELT Project was presented to the Genoese audience on 17 June within the setting of the SUQ Festival. “Travelling” musician Ian Chapman from Birmingham presented a taste of “melting” in a joint performance with Bailam Orchestra from Genoa which set the course for the grand finale of MELT at the SUQ Festival 2009.

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Suq Festival 2009, 12 – 21 June 2009

As preparation for the performances on 21 June and a further “melting” event during the project, a number of workshops were held during the Festival.

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Students Theatre Workshop “The Journey of a Migrant”, 18 – 20 June 2009

Based on the exchange of young people from Genoa and Birmingham which had taken place in March 2009 with a performance at Golden Hillock School in Birmingham, a further theatre workshop was held in which the participants further developed their chosen theme. This piece was performed at the SUQ Festival on 21 June as the opening of the grand finale of MELT.

The MakingMusicians also had to rehearse and review the musical repertoire they had developed in Munich during the MakingMusi project. The dates of 15 and16 June were reserved for this. The musicians continued the experiment of performing their music in restaurants and open spaces in Genoa, thus internationalising the Munich idea of the Hoagartn.

After rehearsing their existing repertoire, the MakingMusicians immersed themselves in more musical MELTing. From 17 to 19 June a workshop led by Davide Ferrari took place in which the MakingMusicians met members of the Genoese group La Banda di Piazza Caricamento and worked with them on new pieces which were also performed at the SUQ Festival on 21 June.

And finally, the MELT Symphony – premiered in March 2009 in Birmingham during Mega MELT – was rehearsed under new conditions, with a different line-up and venue, and aligned to the environment at the Suq Festival.

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Conference “Cultural Activities/Institutions and Integration processes” – Culture as an emancipation factor, 20 June 2009

At Berio Library, Sala dei Chierici a public conference was held from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm which examined the extent to which cultural events such as festivals and cultural institutions such as museums can contribute to the process of integration. MELT and its themes, which received different treatment in every city, were introduced with examples and their connection to the situation in Genoa presented. The following talks were held:

  • Heritage and cultural institutions as agents of integration processes by Adriana Bortolotti
  • The migration process to Genoa. Demographic dynamics of a city in change by Andrea Torre
  • Genoa’s culture and culture institutions facing demographic changes
  • Theatre by Carla Peirolero
  • Music by Davide Ferrari
  • Libraries by Alberta Dellepiane
  • Museums by Elisabetta Pisaturo
  • Overview of the MELT project and description of the sub-project MakingMusi by Hertha Pietsch-Zuber
  • Urban Narratives - Exploring 4 Cities by Nelin Tunc
  • Film show: MELT events in Vienna
  • The Melting Pot: Recipes for Collaboration by Claire Marshall, Clare Edwards, Ian Chapman
  • Art, migration and good neighbourly relations in Cihangir-Istanbul by Seza Sinanlar Uslu
  • Film show: MELT at Cihangir, Photo workshop at Istanbul
  • The MELT project in Genoa: impacts and future perspectives by Gianna Caviglia

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Suq Festival: Music & Theatre Performances, 21 June 2009

From 6 pm the main stage at the Suq Festival belonged to MELT. Audible and visible results of MELT events were presented to an interested audience at the finale of the SUQ Festival 2009, simultaneously the conclusion of the international part of MELT.

  • Students on Stage: “The journey of the migrant” Golden Hillock School, Birmingham & Gratia Deledda Ensemble, Genoa
  • MakingMusi Band: Final performance of MakingMusi at Villa Waldberta, City of Munich
  • The Melting Pot Symphony: An exciting piece of music combining a number of musical and cultural influences Golden Hillock School, Zawaiya Islamic Men’s Singing Group, Notorious, Gratia Deledda Ensemble
  • Heterophonies: Unforeseeable result of 3-day-workshop between musicians of MakingMusi and La Banda di Piazza Caricamento – Direction: Davide Ferrari
  • La Banda di Piazza Caricamento: Concert
  • Gran Finale Suq: with the MakingMusi Band, La Banda di Piazza Caricamento and La Compagnia del Suq

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Photo Exhibition “mingabul & m’ham”, 15 – 29 June 2009

A two-week photography exhibition in the Tunnel Biblioteca Berio (Genoa Public Library) presented images primarily created during the international exchange between the Munich group uebungsraum and students and school pupils from Birmingham and Istanbul.

uebungsraum is a photographic project set up some years ago by Andrea Huber and Nguyen Tan Loc, which organises intercultural projects in the field of visual media for young people of predominantly migrant backgrounds. The work of the young participants shows views of intercultural life not only in Munich, but also in the MELT partner cities of Istanbul and Birmingham. “Can we take pictures in the mosque too” (Alex, 18, from Munich) They could. Thanks to their guides, two film students who made this possible and also introduced the visitors to the modern and traditional areas of their home city. “We show you our favourite places!” (Fatima, 13, and Jasmina, 14, both from Somalia, already in Birmingham for several years). With them, the two young Munich people gained first-hand experience of structural change in Birmingham from an industrial city to a modern English consumer centre. Back in Munich, their experiences in Istanbul and Birmingham were shared with the rest of the photography group, who also presented the progress they had made with their own project ideas for discussion.

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München, MakingMusi

Themed Hoagartn

During the project period, four Hoagartn on specific themes were organised directly for MELT and its coordinators.

  • 03 April 2008: Spring Hoagartn, Augustiner restaurant in Munich city centre. Eva Becher, Familienmusi Servi, Haglmo, Duo Jovanovic, Sajka, Josef Zapf and Freind, Maria Hafner, Dreiklangsseligkeit
  • 15 November 2008: Autumn Hoagartn, Augustiner in Munich city centre. Eva Becher, Seni Cissoko, Kurt Zeitlhöfler, Voglfrei-Saitnmusi, Maxi Pongratz and Franziska Eimer
  • 11 January 2009: Fraunhofer Hoagartn, Wirtshaus im Fraunhofer restaurant in Munich city centre. Eva Becher, Garchinger Pfeifer, Quietschfidel, Wiesner Buam, Gebrüder Götz
  • 23 July 2009: Hoagartn at Cihan’s in Munich – Schlachthofviertel district, Presentation of the publication. Die Verzupft’n, Duo Jovanovic, various MakingMusicians and other groups.

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Münchner Hoagartn

The MakingMusicians took part in the following:

  • 31 October 2008: Münchner Haupt’ restaurant in Munich – Sendling district. Dreiklangseligkeit, Schwanthalhöher Dreigsang, Duo Jovanovic, Familienmusik Servi
  • 30 January 2009: Obermaier restaurant in Munich - Trudering district. Petra Kleinschwärzer and Maderl, Bogenhauser Sängerinnen, Die Verzupft’n, Auftaktlos
  • 27 February 2009: Obermaier in Munich - Trudering district. Ulrike Zöller, Fasanerier Dreigsang, Sendlinger Sänger, Jochen Schlemmermeyer
  • 27 March 2009: Münchner Haupt’ in Munich – Sendling district, Final Hoagartn. Eva Becher, Barbara Hein, Auftaktlos, Quietschfidel, Naglmusi

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MakingMusi SoundLab, 06 January – 31 March 2009

The international musicians from the European MELT partners were invited to Villa Waldberta, the international artists’ residence of the Bavarian capital of Munich. In this tranquil environment, free from interruptions, the participants were able to experiment with their instruments and voices and explore areas where connections between the various musical cultures represented in the project could be created.

For this purpose, all musicians invited brought along several pieces of music from their traditional cultures and rehearsed them with their colleagues at the Villa within their musical possibilities. The aim was for the musicians to communicate their own musical tradition to their colleagues and for this to remain the foundation of creative work. During the artists’ residence in Munich the results of these experiments were presented regularly at various Hoagartn, informal traditional music sessions, throughout the city.

The musicians were introduced to Bavarian musical life in workshops with musicians, music teachers and dedicated community musicians from Munich in order to gain an in-depth understanding of the Bavarian music tradition. They were introduced to the hammer dulcimer, zither and “Schwegel” (wooden transverse flute) as typical traditional Bavarian instruments, and learnt to dance “Zwiefache” (a Bavarian dance form with changing tempi) and to yodel. Those interested could make their own “Fotzhobel”, a Bavarian form of the pan-pipes. Visits to museums were organised, including the collection of musical instruments in Munich City Museum and the Valentin-Karlstadt-Musäum. And, of course, they played together with Munich traditional musicians. The musicians played at various Hoagartn at historical locations and in unusual places, with the latter proving a particular attraction for new audiences. An especially important aspect was the contact with Munich musicians who came to Villa Waldberta to play with the international musicians. Urban life naturally includes multicultural aspects, and it goes without saying that musicians from Munich of Bavarian or “other” origins were also invited to perform. The main district chosen as a focus was Munich’s Westend, historically a working-class area not far from the city centre and home to a variety of different ethnic groups.

During the SoundLab activities, the brand name “MakingMusicians” was given to the ten MELT musicians invited plus the three Munich musicians who had all visited participating partner cities as part of the project. The MakingMusicians comprised: Adrian Ivaniţchi and Alexandru Barabaş from Romania, Bilen Işiktaş from Turkey, Alessandro Ginevri, Michele Maschi and Tatiana Zakharova from Italy, Ian Chapman from England, Sophie Rastl, Daniela Mayrlechner, Matteo Haitzmann from Austria, and finally Maria Hafner, Josef Zapf and Sebastian Meier from Bavaria.

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MakingMusi – Hoagartn

Was the title of the Hoagartn organised by the Department of Arts and Culture with the MakingMusicians. They were joined by musicians and groups from Munich. The MakingMusicians directed the events themselves; organiser Barbara Hein gave a welcome speech to the audience.

  • 28 January 2009 Gasthof Poelt in Feldafing. Kalimerhaba, Niederbayrischer Musikantenstammtisch, Duo Jovanovic
  • 06 February 2009 Kulturkeller D’Schwanthalerhöh’ in Munich – Sendling district. Familienmusik Servi, Margarete Löwensprung, Mohsen Rezvandoost
  • 09 February 2009 Hofbräuhaus – Bräustüberl in Munich city centre. Quietschfidel, Kalimerhaba and many other musicians
  • 17 February 2009 Vereinsheim in Munich – Schwabing district. Seni Cissoko, Niederbayrischer Musikantenstammtisch, Bekir
  • 28 February 2009 Realwirtschaft Stragula in Munich – Westend district. Landlergschwister, Franz Eimer, Franziska Eimer, Victor Mendez, Christopher Zeiser
  • 06 March 2009 Gasthaus Alte Messe in Munich – Westend. Kofelgschroa, Conter Ensemble, Ärgstes Münchner Schrammelquartett
  • 12 March 2009 Hofbräuhaus – Bräustüberl in Munich city centre. Kofelgschroa, Die Schreinergeiger, Gitanes Blondes, Schlossanger Musi, Familienmusik Servi
  • 17 March 2009 Vereinsheim in Munich – Schwabing. Garchinger Pfeifer, Duo Jovanovic
  • 28 March 2009 “Cool-down” Realwirtschaft Stragula in Munich – Westend. with friends

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Crossing Munich. An investigative exhibition project beyond differentiation.

Discussion Series “Art and Migration”, May – July 2008

In a series of discussions entitled “Art and Migration”, artists, art curators and scientists presented projects that address the theme of migration in critical and innovative ways from the artists’ perspective.

  • 15 May 2008: Michaela Melián
  • 21 May 2008: Lisl Ponger and Christian Hanussek
  • 12 June 2008: Farida Heuck
  • 19 June 2008: Michael Hieslmair and Michael Zinganel
  • 03 July 2008: M+M and Bülent Kullukcu

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“The History and Present Situation of Immigration in Munich”, Summer term 2008 and winter term 2008/09

Interdisciplinary Seminars at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich (LMU Munich). Students of history, ethnology and European ethnology spent three semesters researching the subject of immigration in Munich’s archives and municipal institutions and within different contexts of day-to-day life in Munich. A group of professors and lecturers assisted them during this process, which included working on the material by means of photography, sound, film, or installations for the exhibition. In addition, historians Philip Zölls, M.A., and Simon Goeke, M.A., as well as the European ethnologist Simone Egger, M.A., and the cultural historian Michael Neissendorfer, M.A., conducted their own research on various historical and cultural aspects of the research project.

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Photo Workshops and Exhibition “Zuagroast”, 15 April 2008 – 22 July 2009 & 23 July – 06 August 2009

An intercultural participatory project with visual media and young adults in Munich. Young adults in Munich looked for traces of people who are “Zuagroaste” - a Munich expression meaning “not from Munich; someone who has moved to Munich”. With titles such as “munich urban style, “Our Quarter”, “Chinatown”, and “Little Italy”, they created photographic-video works and graphic works on the subject of migration in Munich. The participants received assistance with their research over a course of several months. The two Munich photographers, Andrea Huber and Nguyen Tan Loc, led the long-term workshop.

A selection of the images produced in the workshops will be shown in the exhibition “zuagroast” at the project venue “Die Färberei” in Munich – parallel to the exhibition Crossing Munich at the Rathausgalerie. Prior to this an exhibition was held in Genoa of the photographs created during the cultural exchange between Munich, Istanbul and Birmingham and entitled “mingabul & m’ham” (a play on words combining “Minga”, the name for Munich in the city’s own dialect, with “Istanbul” and “Birmingham”)

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ScienceLab in Villa Waldberta, 03 October – 28 December 2008

For three months Villa Waldberta, the residence for international artists of the City of Munich, was the home of scientific researchers and artists engaged in examining the theme of migration at the interface of science and art. Their grant-funded research within urban Munich addressed topics of globalisation, transnationalisation and hybridisation of European urban societies from the perspective of migration, and ties in with the recent pronounced methodological/theoretical trend in debate in international historical, social and cultural studies.

The results of this research were integrated into the exhibition “Crossing Munich – Locations, Ideas and Discussions on Migration” in 2009.

Researchers: Cristian Cercel (Bucharest/Romania), Alin-Remus Nicula (Sigishoara/Romania), Irina Eden and Stijn Lernout (Vienna/Austria), Jane Woddis (Birmingham/UK), Demet and Devrim Lüküslü (Istanbul/Turkey)

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Crossing Munich. Locations, Ideas and Discussions on Migration, 09 July – 15 September 2009

The research and exhibition project “Crossing Munich” portrayed Munich as a city of immigration since 1955 – the year in which Germany signed the first recruitment agreement for “foreign workers” with Italy. Cross-border positions in science and art melted to produce a completely new perspective of migration – a view that scrutinised widespread images, opinions, interpretations and policies<.

The past and present of migration in Munich was retold, with the individual works demonstrating the ways in which migrants have long made their mark on the city in sustained and natural ways, and continue to do so. Groups of academics and students at LMU Munich had begun to research into migration-related city policies and realities of life in 2008. Their results formed the basis for the artists’ works in the exhibition in Munich’s Rathausgalerie.

Crossing Munich presented a unique and innovative cooperation between science and art: a research-based exhibition project. Crossing Munich was accompanied by a comprehensive programme of events. A catalogue of the exhibition, containing explanations of the project background and inviting readers to explore the subject further,

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