Conference DresdenEvents


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Arrival of partcipants at A&O Hostel09:30-11:00
Proiect meeting
(1-2 pax/org) progress of the project
working on the questionnaires
Young participants:
09:30-11:30 at Deutsches Hygiene Museum
Interactive presentations about the GDR by Adrian Matus:
•    GDR: historical background
•    social movements and the Lutheran Church in Dresden;
•    state media and propaganda
•    forbidden music, literature and poetry
00Proiect meeting (1pax/org) plans for the next event in Czestochowa, Poland, discussion on the interviews
Young participants:
Filmmaking workshop led by Joao Miranda and Olga Yocheva
Departure of participants
Meeting at the Reception of the Hotel
Round-table discussions & Coffee at Deutsches Hygiene Museum
Evaluation Meeting
Gedenkstatte Münchner Platz
12:00 – 12:30
Going on foot to the restaurant (15 mins walk)
Coffee Break
Lunch at Siedepunkt
Lunch at Hans im Glück
12:00 – 13:30
Gedenkstatte Bautzner StraBe
Guided tour at the museum
Welcome dinner at A & O Hostel
16:00 – 19:00
Guided tour in Dresden focused on the GDR times 
14:00 – 15:45
Presentation “How to conduct a video interview” by the film maker Joao Miranda at Deutsches Hygiene Museum
13:30 -14:30
Lunch at Jaipur
15:45 -15:55
Coffee break
15:00 – 17:00
Commemoration event about the Bombing of Dresden, Meeting of Locals: presentations, speeches, music and round-table discussions at Kleines Haus Dresden
16:00 – 21:30
Public Event at Deutsches Hygiene Museum – a series of activities and buffet
 17:00 – 18:00
Menschenkette (Human Chain) in the Old City of Dresden
 18:00 – 19:00
Concert and a parallel photo exhibition
Dinner Brauhaus am Waldschlösschen
Farewell dinner and closing of the event at Terrasse am Bischofsweg


Public Event: “Kunst des Erinnerns”
Sunday, February 12th, 2017 – from 16:00 to 21:30 at Deutsches Hygiene Museum

i)    Documentary film screening „Oktoberfilm” directed by Ralf Kukula (30 mins)

ii)    Discussion and workshop based on the documentary film coordinated by Matthias Neutzner (45 mins)

iii)    Presentation: Forbidden Music in the GDR by Andreas Wilczek (20 mins)

iv)    The Mayor of Moritzburg speaks about the GDR (20 mins)

v)    Reading: Rene Münch – The destinies of the institutionalized children in the GDR” (20 mins)

vi)    Round-table discussion (30 mins)

vii)    Exhibition „The turnout started from the front door”

viii)    Poetry Slam „Messages” (30 min)

ix)    Film screening „The Legends of Paul and Paula” directed by Ulrich Plenzdorf (1h 30 mins)

During the event there will be a buffet for the participants

The public event “Kunst des Erinnerns” aims to raise awareness of local people and the participants from Greece, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia about the German Democratic Republic and the struggle of social movements supported by the Lutheran Church to overthrow communism through a peaceful revolution. The participants will have the opportunity to explore the main topic of this event through film screenings, round-table discussions, workshops, presentations of local artists, mayors and simple people about the impact of the GDR on their lives and the local community of Dresden as well as about the role of art, music, poetry and cinema during the GDR.


Study-Visit to Münchner Platz Dresden Memorial on Saturday at 12:00 a.m.

Among Saxony’s memorials, Münchner Platz Dresden, is one of the sites with a double history. The memorial examines politicised criminal justice and its victims in the building complex on Münchner Platz during the National Socialist dictatorship, the Soviet occupation and the early years of the German Democratic Republic. From 1907 when it was opened as the Royal Saxon Regional Court until late 1956 when the East German judiciary carried out the last death sentence, the building at Münchner Platz was used as a courthouse, jail and execution site. In its research and educational work, the memorial also examines judicial abuses that occurred at other locations within the city of Dresden. These include the Dresden State Supreme Court on Pillnitzer Strasse and the adjoining pretrial confinement facility at Mathildenstrasse 59.

Nicknamed ‘Mathilde’, this jail was a branch of the main facility adjoining the Dresden Regional Court at George-Bahr-Strasse 7. The history of the memorial itself has since become a focus of the memorial’s work in its own right.



Study Visit to the Gedenkstatte Bautzner StraBe Dresden, on Monday the 13th of February 2017

Gedenkstatte Bautzner StraBe Dresden is a memorial for the victims of the GDR Ministry for State Security (MfS) in the capital of Saxony, Dresden. It is the only original memorial which consists of a well preserved detention center of the “Stasi” in the Free State of Saxony and is accessible to the visitors. The memorial site is supported by the association “Erkenntnis durch Erinnerung eV”; the Foundation “Stiftung Sachsische Gedenkstatten zur

Erinnerung an die Opfer politischer Gewaltherrschaft” is also involved and supports financially the Memorial on Bautzner StraBe as well as the memorial on the Münchner Square that we are going to visit on the 11th of February 2017.

The memorial is located on Bautzner StraBe 112a in the Radeberger Vorstadt near the Waldschlösschenviertel in the former Dresden area of the “Stasi”. At this location, the district administration was responsible for the district of Dresden, as well as a detention center.


Interactive presentations about the GDR by Adrián Matus on the 12th of February 2017 from 09:30 to 11:30 at Deutsches Hygiene Museum

Adrian Matus is going to speak about and discuss with the participants the following topics:

•    GDR: historical background

•    social movements and the Lutheran Church in Dresden

•    state media and propaganda

•    forbidden music, literature and poetry

Adrian Matus will show the participants examples such as images, excerpts from films and poetry, pieces of music, newspaper excerpts and the participants will be asked to reflect and discuss.

Adrian Matus studied Contemporary History (MSc, University of Sorbonne, Paris) and Comparative Literature (Universitatia Babes-Bolyai, Cluj Napoca). He has published poems that can be found in national anthologies and now he is working on his own book which is about communism in Eastern Europe.

Presentation “How to conduct and produce a video interview?” by the film maker Joao Miranda on the 12th of February 2017 from 14:00 to 15:45 at Deutsches Hygiene Museum

During this workshop the participants will learn about the conceptualisation of a movie, how to convey certain messages through a movie, the preparation of the interviewees and the best practices to produce a video interview; from pre-production to post-production. It also refers to the techniques of video shooting and cinematography. After this workshop the participants shall put this knowledge into practice, through an exercise which will be later on discussed and evaluated.

Equipment required:

Video Camera, either DSLR or camcorder (DSLR preferred)



Joao Miranda is a graphic designer and filmmaker currently working in Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.v. He graduated from Lisbon Fine Arts Faculty with a degree in Communication Design. Since then, he has been working in different fields, from graphic design, documentary to advertisement videos.


Screening of the Documentary Film “Oktoberfilm” on the 12th of February 2017 at 16:30 at Deutsches Hygiene Museum

2009, 30 min

Director: Ralf Kukula. A photo collage film

‘October Film’ (Oktoberfilm) is an experimental photo and audio collage about the events in Dresden in the autumn of 1989, based on an idea by Friedrich-Wilhelm Junge and Klaus Dieter Kirst. The film is conceived as an emotional ‘memory machine’ for people who were involved in – or even helped to shape – the events in Dresden 20 years ago. For viewers who do did not personally experience this so-called peaceful revolution the film elucidates background issues and shows familiar contexts in a new light.

Director: Ralf Kukula Script: Durs Grünbein Music: Frieder Zimmermann

Narrator: Friedrich-Wilhelm Junge Editor: Marc Thomas

Photography: David Adam, Hans Ludwig Böhme, Joachim Brückner, Erwin Döring, Steffen Giersch, Elisabeth Groh, Marion Gröning, Marian Günther, Ulrich Hassler, Matthias Hiekel, Thomas Hiltmann, Gunter Hübner, Hanna Jahnig, Tom Klingbeil, Wolfgang Kluge, Waltraud Kossack, Antje Kukula, Kostas Margitudis, Hans-Dieter Opitz, Rigo Pohl, Dorothea Richter, Matthias Rietschel, Sven Ove Schindler, Christian Schreiterer, Anne Simmich, Günter Starke, Klaus Thiere and Detlef Ulbrich

The “Oktoberfilm” is supported by the Office of the Minister-President of the Free State of Saxony, the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony and the State Capital City of Dresden.


Screening of the film “The Legend of Paul and Paula”, on the 12th of February 2017 at 20:00 at Deutsches Hygiene Museum

Die Legende von Paul und Paula (English: The Legend of Paul and Paula) is a 1973 tragicomic East German film directed by Heiner Carow. A novel by Ulrich Plenzdorf named Die Legende vom Glück ohne Ende was based on this film. The film was extremely popular on release and had drawn 3,294,985 viewers (the GDR had a population at the time of around 17 million). However, due to the film’s political overtones it was almost not released; East German leader Erich Honecker personally decided to allow it to be shown. Today it is considered one of the best-known East German films.

Director: Heiner Carow, Script: Heiner Carow & Ulrich Plenzdorf, Dramaturg: Anne Pfeuffer, Music (Score): Peter Gotthardt, Music (Performance): Die Puhays

Cast: Fred Delmare, Angelica Domröse, Jürgen Frohriep, Winfried Glatzeder. Eva-Maria Hagen,

Hans Hardt-Hardtloff, Rolf Ludwig, Kathe Reichel, Dietmar Richter-Reinick, Frank Schenk, Christian Steyer, Hertha Thiele, Heidemarie Wenzel.