…is a demand made by broad sections of society, but does not always generate the same degree of willingness to listen. The need for narratives and discussions remains, however. The current social discourse in the Free State of Saxony is as loud as it is speechless 30 years after the peaceful revolution. There is too little exchange of opinions at eye level, in which the other party is actually listened to and different understandings of concepts are accepted and understood. In recent years, representatives from civil society, politics and administration have tried out a number of discussion formats in many parts of the state, but rural communities are still underrepresented as a space for action and the link between the state and the city. There is therefore a need for cross-regional and sustainably connecting formats and actions.
Our project pursues the goal of stimulating an appreciative exchange of ideas and opinions and a differentiated examination of social controversial issues in Saxony that relate to the transformation experiences since the peaceful revolution and reunification. Kultur Aktiv has many years of experience with civil society’s reappraisal of the transformation in Eastern Europe – now we are bringing competences and methods from our work to bear in order to apply them in Saxony. For despite all the differences, there are many similarities in the challenges that such massive social change brings with it. We consciously address the differences between the state (Upper Lusatia, Ore Mountains, Western and Northern Saxony) and the city (Dresden). The dialogue thus initiated is intended to help balance out contrasts and have a positive effect on social cohesion in Saxony.
Different exchange formats will enable dialogue within the communities and between the regions – on stage and in the audience. To this end, participation in workshops in two project modules as well as evening events will be offered:
- Kunst im Dialog
Through network partners and other multipliers, workshop participants from Upper Lusatia, the Ore Mountains, Western and Northern Saxony and Dresden are being sought through a call for proposals. Among other things, ‘Citizen journalists’ document the ‘demoSlam’ events in their home region. The ‘slammers’ present their views in all three participating communities and enter into conversation with the audience, which is made up of different members. In all project modules, the communal dialogue, whether controversial or consensus-oriented, is increased in and across the regions.