Impressions from the Martin Roth Symposium

On 22 and 23 June 2018, ifa's Martin Roth Symposium took place at Kraftwerk Berlin to address the question "What can culture do?". Leaders from the cultural, academic, artistic and political sectors shared ideas and future scenarios close to Martin Roth's work and convictions. The participants showcased good practice and addressed challenges, opening space for controversial views and generating new energy for international cultural politics. 

Martin Roth Symposium, Kraftwerk Berlin: Day 1

The first day of the event started with a number of addresses and keynotes to spark the agenda and to explore some "Unfinished tasks in the Cultural Realm". Then, international experts looked at diverse aspects of cultural heritage on a quest for "National Treasures without Nationalism".

Martin Roth Symposium, Kraftwerk Berlin: Day 2

The contributions by the experts during the second day of the symposium were dedicated to three main thematic sessions: "Turning the Museum Inside Out - New Access and New Audiences", "Design-Protest-Dissent: Cultural Activism Rethought" and "Cooperating - Culture for the Sake of Global Public Goods". The talks and discussions were followed by a wrap-up by the journalist Sonja Zekri and Andreas Goergen from the Directorate-General for Culture and Communication at the Federal Foreign Office.