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At the festival we will have a translation into English.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

6 pm Opening Exposition

Empathy Won’t Save Us
Visual Counter Narritive
by Moshtari Hilal

Counting on empathy of the majority is hopeless. Instead, Moshtari Hilal calls for a focus on your own subjectivity, opposing the presumed objectivity of the majority. Images of normality are opinions on people and things, made by commutable subjects at a commutable time. From her feminist and anti-racist perspective, Moshtari Hilal questions our society and the way we see ourselves in the context of beauty standards and political „Othering“. Her portrays and illustrations engage with the construction and deconstruction of identity.

Moshtari Hilal is a freelance illustrator and lives in Hamburg.


7 pm | Theater-Performance
My nose is running – Getting close to your stars – Technocandy

Johanna Mikki-Leiter, HC Sprache and Philip Rouge, a militant group of human beings, went underground. In a love camp of national stars, they are reflecting on their lives and effects. They have their hearts in the right place, but will this help them to escape the vengeful apocalypticists?

This evening, we will fight hatred with hatred, spill some blood and putting a huge emphasis on love. Music and festive balloons will help the public to process the experience.

Developed and performed by: Technocandy

The collective Technocandy consists of Banafshe Hourmazdi, Frederik Müller and Golschan Ahmad Haschemi. In 2016 they developed the play My nose is running –  Getting close to your stars [Meine Nase läuft – Deine Stars hautnah].
As three artists who – for biographical, artistical, political reasons and decisons-do not fit into the current norm in the world of theatre, we are making a counterpoint. We are working collectively. The working process is as political as the plays we develop.

Entrance without festivalpass: Advance ticket sale 9,80 € | Box office 12/8 € discounted.


8.30 pm | Talk
Forms of (re)presentation in the arts

Which forms of (re)presentation exist in opposition to images, that are reproducing clichés and stereotypes? Which aesthetic means, strategies and methods are suitable to break up social attributions of identity? What could aesthetics look like, if they are free of discrimination?

The collective Technocandy, Moshtari Hilal and Martine Dennewald (moderation) are talking about these questions, and their own Ideas, strategies and methods.


Friday, September 9, 2016

10 am | Further training
Possibilities and limitations of non-discriminating social work with refugees

Dedication, willingness to help and being supportive do not rule out discrimination. This training creates awareness towards non-intentional discrimination and helps to critically reflect on your own social positioning in the context of voluntary or professional helping activities.

The goal of the training is to create consciousness of social work as a process, which comprehends „helping“ in the sense of „learning“.

The training is for professional social workers and volunteers, who want to work [together] with refugees.

Trainer: Aretha Schwarzbach-Apithy, educator, mediator, trainer and educational theorist, is doing her doctorate on: „Being White as a norm in educational studies“.

Costs: 25 € (without festival pass). The number of participants is limited. Please write us for your application


10 am | Further training
Avoiding stereotypical representation in media and publicity work

Those who work in the media influence the public via images and language, producing certain realities. Cultural Centers, political foundations, Associations or NGOs are doing publicity work to promote their events or work. Yet even those who mean well can be reproducing stereotypes.

This training is for everyone who wants to learn how to avoid stereotypical, exoticising language and images in their publicity work or in their own journalistic work.

Trainer: Sonja Collison, member of: Neue Deutsche Medienmacher, an association   which works for more diversity in the media.

Costs: 25 € (without festival pass). The number of participants is limited. Please write us for your application


1 pm | City walk: Migration policy

If possible, please bring a Smartphone or MP3-player. The number of participants is limited. Please write us for your application

The city walk focuses on topics like arriving, staying, leaving, political engagement, institutional racism and the educational system. It is based on interviews with immigrants and focuses on perspectives and topics that never mattered in the official historiography of Hanover. By doing so, the city walk contributes to a more complete narrative of historic Hanover and hopefully, to a change as well.

The city walk is based on research and interviews done by a research seminar in the field of sociology at the Leibniz University of Hanover and takes place for the first time at the CLINCH festival.

This event is a cooperation with: Leibniz Universität Hannover/Institute for sociology and Volkshochschule Hannover.


1:30 pm | Film & Talk
„German Southwhat?“ – Memoirs of a German genocide

After the film „German southwhat?- Memoirs of a German Genocide“ by Filmgruppe E, Israel Kaunatjike and Verena Meyer are talking about the lack of historical revision of German colonialism, its consequences for the German and Namibian society and the political fight for reparation.

With: Israel Kaunatjike, born in Namibia in 1947. In his political activity he is focusing on Germany’s handling of its history as a colonial power and the need for apology and reparation. Being an Herero-activist he is active at the association „Genocide does not become statute-barred“[„Völkermord verjährt nicht“] and Postkolonial e.V. in Berlin.

Moderation: Verena Meyer, trainer, consultant and multiplier for empowerment and racism-critical education, ISD Hanover.


4 pm | Discussion
International perspectives on migration and racism

How do societies deal with migration and racism? What are the current debates? Which images and stories are they based on? What are mechanisms of exclusion  in Malawi, in Great Britain and in Germany? Is there a solidarity by the resident population with the newly arrived?

After an input by Madhu Krishnan, Trésor Nzengu Mpauni and Maissara Saeed on their respective perspectives on the city they live in, the audience is invited to take part in a table talk with one of them.


Dr. Madhu Krishnan, literary scientist from Bristol/GB
Trésor Nzengu Mpauni, artist and activist from Blantyre/Malawi
Maissara Saeed, activist from Hanover, Umbaja e.V.

Moderation of the table talks:
Dr. Florentin Saha Kamta, ADV Nord, Luna Ali/Fuchsbau, is studying scenic writing at the university of Hildesheim, co-founder of the Fuchsbau  Festival, Poetry slammer and author, N.N.

This event will be in English.

Cooperation with the office for international cultural activities and town twinning of the cultural office of Hanover.


7 pm | Reading doubles & Talk
Lena Gorelik: Zero to Infinity – Deniz Utlu: The Indignants

Lena Gorelik is telling the story of three exceptional people in her newest novel Zero to Infinity . She writes about friendship, love and parting and about the necessity to be different and finding your own way. The indignants – Debut novel of Deniz Utlu is all at once: portray of a generation, lovestory, immigration history, Berlin and road novel. Utlu is telling the story of two people in Berlin in  a pointed and poetic way.

At this reading both authors read from their novel and interview each other afterwards.

Lena Gorelik had great success with her debut novel My white nights (2004), Wedding in Jerusalem (2007) was nominated for the German Book Prize.

Deniz Utlu founded freitext, a magazine on culture and society, studied economics in Berlin and Paris. The Indignants is his first novel.

Costs without festival pass: 9,80 € in advance | 12 € Advance ticket sale /8 € Discounted


9 pm | Concert
Akua Naru – The Miner’s Canary

The message of the second studio album by Akua Naru, US-American who is living in Cologne, is based on experiences by Black people in the USA and Europe. „The Miner’s Canary“is a metaphor, describing the social-experimental approach of the album. It stands for the fateful ambivalence of the canaries, which were used in mining to predict unforeseen events. „The Miners Canary“ is influenced mainly by Jazz, Neo Soul, Blues and R&B and distinguishes itself with a more distinctive Hip-Hop Aesthetic than Akua Narus debut album „The Journey Aflame“, released in 2012.

Costs without festival pass: Advance ticket sale: 16, 40 € | Box office: 18€/14€ Discounted

11 pm | Party
Hip-Hop and Trap with the DJ*s

Chi x eLLe-D x Gizzel

Hip Hop is Identity, taking space, empowerment, it does’nt matter where you come from, it doesn’t matter how you look like. You decide what is being said, each one teach one. When these three Djs from Hamburg are on stage it means: Dancing together.

Twerking and booty shaken to what the „Queer/ns of Rap“ have to say!

Costs without festival pass: just Box office: 5 €


Saturday, September 10, 2016

10 pm | Discussion
Perspectives on non-discriminatory cultural activities

How could cultural activity, that is preventing exclusion look like? Are there attempts, directing to postcolonial and postmigrant cultural activities? What are the demands for a cultural policy, that is aware of discrimination? Three experts will talk about their practical experiences and their demands and strategies for a practice free from discrimination in cultural activities and cultural policy.

Simone Dede Ayivi
, theatre maker and author.
Hartmut El Kurdi, is writing plays, radio plays and prose for adults and kids, is working as director and performer and is writing colums for taz, Stadtkind and ZeitLeo on a regular basis.
Tunay Önder, studied sociology and since she migrated for work, she is used to different parallel societies like science, theatre and media. IN 2011 she founded the blog migrantenstadl, with Imad Mustafa.
Moderation: N.N.


12:30 pm | Workshopphase
Becoming active – Taking a stand

The number of participants is limited. Please write us for your application

I: Facing everyday racism

Racist police controls, an exoticising utterance in the family, a remark by a colleague at work, which is generalising immigrants from a certain country: What is stopping us from actively reacting on (subtle) racism? What kind of reflection, attitudes, perspectives and strategies are needed and can help changing it?

Workshop with: ReflACT. Kiana Ghaffarizad (educational staff member of ADA Bremen – Antidiscrimination in the working environment) and Bozzi Schmidt (discrimination critical educational work).


II: Spoken Word with Moona Moon

Writing is a place of struggle, of love, of communion and healing. It is one way of initiating dialogue in a world that would like to have us silent. Freire talks about a ‚culture of silence‘. To me writing is one way of breaking that silence. That is why I would like to invite you to a writing workshop. In this workshop we will do various forms of (biography inspired) writing exercises, share what we wrote (if we feel like), and overall create a space in which our voices are valid.

 Workshop with: Moona Moon is a poet, performer, resistant researcher, social worker, and community worker. A lover of light, life, and the right kinds of shadows.


4 pm | Book presentation
„Children of the liberation“ [Kinder der Befreiung]

Transatlantic experiences and perspectives of Black Germans of the postwar generations

The book „Kinder der Befreiung“ [Children of the liberation], edited by Marion Kraft, offers historical, political, and scientific analysis, personal stories, interviews and literary texts, forming a new perspective on an almost forgotten part of German history and German – US-american relations. The book examines causes and consequences of racism in the past and present and strategies for positive change.

With: Dr. Marion Kraft, author and editor, former research associate, lterary scientist, translater, consultant, published various books and essays on Black realities in Europe and the USA.

Moderation: Asma-Esmeralda Abd’Allah-Álvarez Ramirez, ISD Hannover


6 pm | Lecture Performance

The lecture performance sistersאָחוֹת  examines the relation of the two performers with their respective sisters and their belief systems:

Morans sister is an ultra-orthodox Jew and moved to a settlement in the occupied parts of Israel and Veronikas sister is living in India as a strict member of the Hare Krishna movement. In a structured dialogue the performance examines the everyday life of the sisters, which sometimes seems quite absurd, as well as their  body image, image of gender roles and codes of practice. How do we deal with each other, when religion is proverbially building up walls?

Written and performed by:  Veronika Bökelmann and Moran Sanderovic

Dramaturgical consultant: Noa Elran, Matthias Naumann

Produced during the festival and artist exchange programme Performing Encounters

Production manager:  Jörg Thums. Co- produced by the Künstlerhaus Mousonturm and the Center for Contemporary Art in Tel Aviv. Supported by the Foreign Office and the German-Israelian society.

Entrance without festival pass: 5,40 € Advance ticket sale | Box office 6/4 discounted.


7:30 pm  | Reading and discussion
Olga Grjasnowa – Die juristische Unschärfe einer Ehe [The legal vagueness of a marriage]

Leyla always wanted to do one thing: dancing. After an accident she has to leave the Bolschoi Theatre of Moscow. Altay is a psychiatrist. After the love of his life killed himself he never loved a man again. Altay and Leyla are in a fake marriage to calm their families. Being in their mid-twenties, both of them try to start over in Berlin when Jonuon enters their lives.

Olga Grjasnowa tells the story of three people in her incredibly direct novel on fortune and misfortune in a time, where everything seems possible.

With: Olga Grjasnowa, author. Her debut novel Der Russe ist einer, der Birken liebt [The Russian is one, who loves birch trees] was awarded with the Klaus-Michael Kühne-Prize and the  Anna-Seghers Prize. Both novels were adapted for the stage of the Maxim Gorki Theatre in Berlin.

Moderation: Luna Ali is studying cultural science and aesthetic practice, curator of the Fuchsbau festival.

Costs without festival pass: Advance ticket sale 8,70 € | Box office 10 €/ 7 € discounted.


From 9 pm on: CLINCH surprise*

Every festival is full of surprises. CLINCH frees a space only for these surprises, to make room for the spontaneous, the unexpected, the hot topics and needs. Because CLINCH wants to turn things over and create new strategies and perspectives. And this happens not only by long research, deep analysis and detailed concept writing, but sometimes all of a sudden.

We are dying with suspense!

Afterwards: Lounge


Sunday, September 11, 2016

10:30 am | Networking
Networking brunch

The networking brunch is for exchange, networking and more discussion. In a comfortable atmosphere you can present your own ideas and/ or ideas for projects, develop new theories together or create new networks.


12.30 pm | Lecture performance
Denken was Tomorrow by Dan Thy Nguyen

 »And then she found out, that it was not coal lying on the ground. There were people becoming coal.. cause of the bombs. «

 At the end of the seventies, there were the first refugees coming to Germany from Vietnam. Considered as the first Boat People, they were caught in an odyssey, full of hope of getting rescued. The family of Dan Thy Nguyen was one of those people. More than 35 years later there are refugees coming across the Meditarenean Sea and the whole European Society seems to be completely helpless in this situation.

This One-Person-Performance shows the individual story of the artist‘s family, especially the stories about the war, the escape, the early experiences in the new country and stories about racism.


2 pm | Discussion
Strategies against racism

In the face of the current legal development in Germany and the EU, which is based on racist resentments, three anti-racist activists are discussing their different approaches. How much does the entanglement with other power mechanisms matter in their respective understandings of racism? What kind of practice should be the consequence of observations from the „Critical Whiteness Studies“ or „cultural appropriation“? What should be the answer of an anti-racist movement to the murderous migration regime and its supporters? And what could be approaches of a joint emancipatory anti- racist practice?


Golschan Ahmad Haschemi, cultural scientist, performer and educational consultant at the project ju:an – provider of practical training in racism-critical and antisemitism-critical youth work.

Dr. Massimo Perinelli, consultant for migration at the academy for political education of the Rosa-Luxemburg-Foundation, co-founder of Kanak Attak and active in the Initiative Keupstraße ist überall.

Prof. Dr. Nivedita Prasad, is working academically and as an activist in the field of anti-racism since the 1990s, is head of the course of studies Social work as a human rights profession, and considers racism as a violation of the human rights.

Moderation: N.N.


4 pm | Concluding the festival