#180sec in Warsaw

Sharing and Exchanging: 180 Seconds in Warsaw

Teatime! The teahouse in the Sculpture Park of Warsaw’s Bródno quarter invites residents of the nearby settlements to exchange their ideas and share their opinions. Behind this concept is a group of Warsaw activists around the artist Michał Mioduszewski. Will they succeed in enlivening public space and encouraging residents to join in? “180 Second Warsaw” tells of how anonymous residents can become helpful neighbors and friends.

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More about the #180sec project on goethe.de/180sec

 

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The Week in Germany: The First Week of 2016

Lion paws, photo Andre Herzog

Spoonfuls of Germany

“However, since I stumbled into writing Spoonfuls of Germany, the book that is, which first came out in 2004 and was recently released as an ebook, German food has taken the role of the German cultural ambassador in our family. My husband and children don’t speak more than a few words of German, and have never been to Germany except for brief visits but they know and appreciate a lot of German dishes. Today the scent of a Pot Roast from the Römertopf filling the house means comfort food for all of us.” Read more on Spoonfuls of Germany.

Berlin by Night

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My Top Five European Capitals: Number 1

by Sebastian Cuevas

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My friends usually ask me about my fascination with Estonia. They just don’t get that a Mexican could prefer Tallinn over say, Barcelona. Granted I do love Barcelona, it’s too familiar to be as attractive as something as distant as Tallinn. That is, nevertheless, not the main argument why I’d take Tallinn over any other city.

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180sec in Tokyo

Sharing and Exchanging: 180 Seconds in Tokyo

In the Tokyo of recent years concepts of creative exchange have established themselves that have found offshoots all over the world: from Mexico City to Barcelona and Helsinki. Beginning in 2006 with the Shibuya University, the whole city has now become a campus. In cafés, parks, libraries and restaurants people share their knowledge with interested parties free of charge. People from all professions and age groups who would like to give courses act as volunteer teachers. The lesson plan is designed accordingly and ranges from the plaiting of traditional hand brushes and sandals and the reenactment of civil protection exercises with Lego building blocks to discussions on specific forms of urban and individual development. The FabCafe is one of the sites of this creative exchange. Here Franziska Kekulé shot 180 seconds on sharing and exchange in Tokyo.

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My Top Five European Capitals: Number 2

by Sebastian Cuevas

berlin01Berlin

Berlin. Arm aber sexy. Berlin is the next city I’m planning on moving to, just like everybody else here in Germany. Though the more alternative types are now moving to Leipzig, Berlin is still a very hot destination for people from Germany and beyond. Though the massive influx of rich Swabians and the ensuing gentrification has driven rent prices up, Berlin is still immensely attractive. While moving to Berlin is now mainstream and unoriginal here in Germany, Berlin, to me, hasn’t lost its magic. EDIT: I moved to Berlin on October 1, 2015.

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Sharing and Exchanging: 180 seconds in Rio de Janeiro

Sharing and Exchanging: 180 Seconds in Rio de Janeiro

In Saara, a popular shopping area of Rio de Janerio, Arabs and Jews have worked together peacefully for more than a century. The atmosphere there has always been one of respect and good humor. The Brazilian filmmaker Anna Azevedo accompanies for 180 seconds Naftali Meyer Goldzweiger and Kamal. The two merchants share more than just their profession: the Jewish and the Arab businessman have been bound in a close friendship that has grown over many years.

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More about the #180sec project on goethe.de/180sec

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