Wärmehalle_session 1_Hosting Grenzen-Los! initiative

Our first format at ZK/U location Wärmehalle (Heated-Hall), imagined as a series of dialogues and interviews inside the warmed kiosk, hosted local initiative Grenzen-Los! , organization dedicated to political education of youth through theatrical expression.

Wärmehalle is reference to historically relevant but almost forgotten cultural phenomenon of shared heated spaces. At the beginning of 20th century, facing rather poor housing conditions and significant amount of homeless people, Berlin authorities decided to provide collective spaces in which anybody can hang-out with the cup of coffee and newspapers (of course for free). More than just solidarity act and social space for many citizens in the winter time, Wärmehalle became place of micro-exchanges and social interaction.

With the central question What is the Wärmehalle of today? we will host local initiatives, social entrepreneurs and heroes from Moabit in order to discuss modalities of social cohesion, novel knowledge-exchange formats and current social turbulence caused by real-estate pressure.

After chat with the Grenzen-Los ! we decided to make together a theatre-piece that is going to be performed around the kiosk this summer.

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03 2013