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        Sign asking "Why?" at the Christmas Market, Berlin where on 19.12.2016 12 people were killed and a further 50 injured by a 24 year old guy driving a truck into the crowd presumably in imitation of what happened in Nice.

 

            

Editorial     

It is that time of the year again when the radio prepares everyone for the New Year as if the old one can be ushered out so easily. The outreach of many different ideological forces all riding the wave of a popular saying that all politicians are corrupt, and therefore they turn against the state although they wish to be safeguarded by such an institution, has made the public truth and public good into scarce values. It is also not clearly criticized what privatization as applied for example as reform demand of Greece having a state debt crisis since 2009-2010 really means.

Undoubtedly all of this has led to a confusion as to the meaning of bringing gifts. Forgotten is quite often that the greatest of all gifts is peace. It should come along with freedom to live happily as a human being.

There was much afoot during 2016 with many people now more afraid about what will give shape to world security and peace in 2017. Aleppo in Syria has burned itself into the mind of those who had experienced something similar in Sarajevo. There is also BREXIT which shattered the confidence in the EU, and the ongoing problems in Ukraine.

As for the United States of America, the BBC has made out five landmines which can explode any time in the face of President elect Donald Trump. One of the potential  conflicts is doing too much and at the same time nothing. Already his ready use of the Twitter is spreading more confusion than reassurance that he is the man who shall get things done. China is saying after his phone call with the President of Taiwan, that he should stop playing the political rocky. Unfortunately he has no political experience whatsoever and, therefore, can behave like a bull in a China shop. Likewise his disrespect for certain rules like having only one president should have meant until his inaugeration he should have kept quiet rather than contradict Obama with regards to Israel and Putin.

In Europe things have been twisting and turning with always the voters throwing hard balls at the politicians. However, this was not the case in Austria when not right wing candidate Hofer won, but the soft spoken Green candidate van der Bellen.

Another case happens to be the outcome of the Italian referendum when Renzi lost and had to conclude a reform process before leaving office. He made way for another politician to safeguard Italy from a huge banking crisis in the making.

At the same time, Hollande in France took everyone by surprise since he will not stand for re-election. That is unusual for a standing president but his ranking in the opinion polls is so low that he saw no chance for a vindication of his efforts while in office. It seems that the wrong people get the worst punishment for attempting to do a decent job. But getting a decent paid job especially by the young is completely another story not only in France, but throughout Europe.

In the meantime, Merkel stands firmly as candidate of the Christian Democrats as cancellor candidate for the upcoming federal elections in September 2017. That firm stance has translated itself into ever harsher measures being taken to ward off a refugee crisis, and thereby it will definitely undermine the key riding horse of the AfD (Alternative for Germany) party by which they hope to solicit votes.

However, the attack on the Christmas market by the Memorial Church in Berlin on 19th of December 2016 has posed one true question which resonates with everyone who have no ready answers why this arbitrary violence too readily called 'terrorism' as if it deserves some upgrading. The question in German is 'warum'? Why?

Hatto Fischer

31.12.2016

 


European Capitals of Culture

 

Aarhus 2017 and Paphos 2017

Future ECoCs

Valletta 2018 and Leeuwarden 2018 in Holland

Matera 2019 in Italy and  Plovdiv 2019 in Bulgaria.

2020 Rijeka in Croatia

http://www.rijekaepk.eu/en/

2021 In Greece Eleusis, Kalamata and Rhodes had been short listed, Eleusis 2021 was selected on 11.11.2016.

2021 Timisoara 2021 in Rumania and Nova Said 2021 in Serbia will also be ECoCs.

ECoCs

in 2016

 

San Sebastian 2016 and Wroclaw 2016

 

in 2015

Mons 2015

Pilsen 2015

 

 

Search for peace

 

Deutschland / Germany

Flüchtlingsgespräche / talk with refugees

Humanistische Werte in der Einwanderungsgesellschaft

Siehe auch Bericht von Andreas Müller-Hermann über die Arbeit der Freiwilligen auf Lesbos:

Europe and the refugees - crisis or challenge in 2015 - 2016

Poetry

 

 

CAPITALS

http://www.abhayk.com/p/global-poetry-project.html

CAPITALS is a poetry anthology on the capital cities of the world edited by Abhay K and published by Bloomsbury in 2016. Available here. It will be launched in NY at Poets House on 5th Jan 2017. Contributors: Berlin- Hatto Fischer

Untamed Life – Αδάμαστη Ζωή
© Copyright 2016 κυκεών tales & Hatto Fischer
Σχεδιασμός εξωφύλλου και σελιδοποίηση: Ρούλα Στάθη
Σχέδιο εξωφύλλου: Lutz Gelbert
Δεκέμβριος 2016
εκδόσεις κυκεών tales
τηλ 210 5561487
www.cyceon.gr
cyceon@cyceon.gr
ISBN 978-960-99276-4-2
 
 

Poetry Connection: Poets and the Olympic Truce 2004

In Search for Peace, Marsaxlook, Malta 7.Sept. 2014

The poem "Silence" by Dileep Jhaveri, written on Feb. 24th 2016, followed The poem 'democracy'

Poesie und Philosophie - der Bogota Vortrag 2016

 

Sculptures by       David Fine

 

David Fine Horses

Part of a set of four men surrounding a lamb for sacrifice

Kids' Guernica / Guernica Youth

 

On 5th of February 2017, there shall take place at the Municipality of Haidari the public showing of a new peace which will have been painted by 15 refugee children and 15 Greek children on the theme of peace, understanding and diversity.

 

Thomas Economacos will coordinate the children. Contact has also been taken up by him Takuya Kaneda in Japan, in order to inform him about this action.

 

At the start of this event the President of the Republic of Greece, Procopis Pavlopoulos will come and speak. 

 

The plan is to make further attempts to involve the Municipalities of Egalio, St.Barbara, Aspropyrogo, Athens – who are located along the Iera Odos ('Sacred Road) for their children also to paint on a canvas; and then in Eleusina there will be an exhibition of the canvases. Eleusina has been designated to be European Capital of Culture in 2021 and plans to display a canvas of her own.

President Procopis Pavlopoulos will put under his aegis the entire project relating to the Iera Odos ('Sacred Road') connecting Athens to Eleusis. Who knows if not these actions will transform the 'Sacred Road' into a 'Road of Peace'.

 

Past activities

Kids' Guernica – Guernica Youth meeting in Wroclaw, May 13 – 16, 2015

The Russian-Ukranian-German mural: intercultural dialogue in Berlin 2015

Flüchtlingskinder / Refugee children in Hotel Präsident, Berlin 2016

 

Children and war

Children and War - photo collection of Reinhard Schultz



The artist Sonia Goggisberg and Ariana Rocha, director of ONG taking care of 270 kids per day, have started together in August 2015 a Guernica Youth Action in São Paulo 2015, Brazil. The mural was completed in 2016.

Greece



The children of the Memorandum experience no longer early adulthood, for the transition from a life with promises for the future to a life in misery understood not in an abstract, but concrete sense from child/youth to being the elderlies of society has been captured in one poem.

The Way We Live Now

The way we live now is
the way we used to live,
only now we have
more ways of knowing it,
and fewer ways of living it.

Vasia Tzanakari

The Bogota lecture by Hatto Fischer about the relationship between Greece and Germany

 

Conferences 2017

A Soul for Europe @ iwEU: jien l-Ewropa/aħna l-Ewropa 
26 January 2017 (Valletta, Malta) "A Soul for Europe" will be participating in the cultural programme for the Malta EU Presidency 2017. MEP Therese Comodini Cachia is hosting two prestigious events for the cultural programme in the framework of 2017 Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU. “Forum Valletta” consists of a series of provocations and reactions addressing issues of cultural governance and public engagement followed by a debate involving artists, scholars, cultural critics, and the general public. The Forum will look at a how cultures, people, cities, and regions function in relation to each other and how these  generate systems of governance which in turn determine the lives of people and the places they inhabit. Entrance to the iwEU events is free.  To book send an email to therese@comodinicachia.eu Further information at www.comodinicachia.eu/iweu

8-10 Feb. LA RENCONTRE DE BRUXELLES:WHAT KIND OF EUROPE FOR THE FUTURE?


Publications by POIEIN KAI PRATTEIN 
Catalogue "Imperishable Water", 2012 with Haroula Hadjinicilou, Anna Arvanitaki, Hatto Fischer (ed.), Athens ISBN 978-618-80160-0-2
Hatto Fischer: The poem 'Destiny still flows' by Katerina Anghelaki Rooke
- this concerns a discussion of the poem which inspired the action on Rhodes last year
"Nation and Identity" by Kreisau-Initiative, with introduction by Hatto Fischer is crucial for answering the question whether or not Patriotism is an alternative to Nationalism. Youth met first in Kreisau, Poland and were inspired by this example set by the Kreisau Circle which went into resistance against Hitler on the basis of a non discriminatory approach for the day after Hitler fell.
Article by Anna Arvanitaki and Haroula Hadjinicolaou, "Action on Rhodes" in Journal "Nissides" (small islands). Rhodos, Vol. 9, 2012

The poem "strong images" by Hatto Fischer was published on August 18, 2015. See http://labloga.blogspot.com/search?q=hatto+fischer.

Poiein kai Prattein is member of the Mediterranean Directory organized by the
René Seydoux Foundation
http://www.fondation-seydoux.org/repertoire_presentation.htm
Mediterranean Directory

Currently a group of poets with Yiorgos Chouliaras and Hatto Fischer as editors are preparing a READER about Greece to be published by Paperwall, Mumbai, India in 2016.

Kultur Kalendar / Cultural Calendar for 2017


Eröffnung einer Sonderausstellung am 20. Januar um 14:00 Uhr im Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz

Die Ausstellung erzählt vom großen Engagement einzelner Menschen und Initiativen für eine angemessene Erinnerungskultur in West-Berlin. Sie wird für ein halbes Jahr in der Gedenkstätte zu sehen.

Photograph: Andreas Lang


KAMERUN UND KONGO. Eine Spurensuche und Phantom Geographie Deutsches Historisches Museum, Berlin, 16. September 2016 – 27. Februar 2017 https://www.dhm.de/ausstellungen/kamerun-und-kongo.html ECLIPSE (a selection) Galerie Podbielski Contemporary, Berlin Ausstellung im Rahmen des AArtist in Residence Stipendiums, Auswärtiges Amt und LVBG (Landesverband Berliner Galerien) vom 26. November bis 4. Februar 2017 http://www.podbielskicontemporary.com/current-exhibition DER SCHLAF DER VERNUNFT - Sleeping reason Andréas Lang und Sofie Bird Moeller Rathausgalerie/Kunsthalle München Ausstellung vom 29. April bis 2. Juli 2017 Eröffnung 19h am 28. April 2017 https://www.facebook.com/RATHAUSGALERIE.KUNSTHALLE/

 

 

 

 

 

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