Diasporic Echoes im Avant-Garten
Reading: Duygu Ağal "Yeni Yeşerenler" / Concert: Rania Badri
At 18:30 (Reading in German) »Yeni Yeşerenler«, published this year by Korbinian Verlag is Duygu Ağal's debut novel that combines short stories, essays, and diary entries to tell stories about coming of age, friendship, lesbian love, and new forms of family. Instead on storylines, Ağal focuses on describing the feelings of her protagonists as they try to find their way in a world that, on many levels, does not seem to be made for them. Between chapters, some longer, some only a few pages long, Ağal switches narrative perspectives with great self-evidence – zooming in on her characters with loving empathy and so closely that reading allows for intense sympathy and witnessing – and at the same time, a reflection on intersectional representation, queerness, identity politics, collectivism, and individualism.
Duygu Ağal (she/her) is a queer activist and author from Hamburg, who lives in Berlin. »Yeni Yeşerenler« is an autofiction in which the author creates spaces of self-meditation without owing authenticity to anyone.
At 20:30 The Damaskus-born singer, composer and journalist Rania Badri has travelled from Syria to India to Europe. In 2016, she recorded her first solo album »Feelings«. Today she lives in Paris, but plays all over Europe and works as an actress with the ensemble »Art de Perder«.
A three-week series of events brings together diasporic voices at the Waldbühne with readings and concerts.
The war in Ukraine resulted in a wave of solidarity and an openness to welcome people fleeing from this war. Because we love this energy and want it for all those who have to leave their homeland, every Thursday to Saturday the Summer Festival, in cooperation with the ZEIT Foundation and NDR, presents authors and musicians and their stories about times of upheaval and displacement, of the search for belonging and empowerment, and of global political and family entanglements. Each evening begins with a reading, including a discussion with the authors and NDR journalists, and continues with acoustic concerts in a small setting (programmed by Anas Aboura und Alexei Volinchik).