DISPLACED 2015 takes place in the region of Fläming, south of Berlin, over several weekends in June and July 2015.
This year our annual contemporary arts festival focuses on the issue of Displacement: be it geographical displacement – the migration and dislocation of persons – or cultural displacement; as a result of conflict, economic pressures, the effects of environmental degradation, of globalisation, through increased freedom of movement and an increasingly interconnected world.
2015 marks the 70 year anniversary of the end of WW II, a period of mass displacement of persons around the globe. The estimated figure of over 50 million Displaced Persons worldwide, in the years following the war, has been surpassed this past year for the first time, making it a topmost European and worldwide concern, closely linked to political, economic, and not least, environmental factors. The mass displacements and expulsions of the past are still reverberating today, as those who are displaced displace and the unsettled unsettle, in a chain of events that has yet to run its course.
Our festival is held in a region that has known many millions of Displaced Persons throughout the centuries: displaced by the bloody religious conflicts that decimated Europe, and which began here; displaced by the emergence of new nation-states, the redrawing of borders in the explosion of WW I, and in the resulting hunger years; displaced during the huge upheavals of National Socialism and WW II, with its death marches and lost armies, and in the mass relocations following the war.
This local history of Displacement is our link to Syria and to Sudan, to the Indians of the Amazon displaced as their homeland forests are being destroyed, to the millions of Chinese migrating into megacities, and to France of the Front National; to all who are displaced from their homes, who are displaced within their homeland, and those affected by Displacement.
DISPLACED 2015 offers a platform and an opportunity for artists, performers, thinkers and audiences to engage with and highlight the important issue of Displacement, as reflected in our local, personal and global contexts: as a physical, temporal, cultural, and psychological experience of dislocation, the sense of being uprooted, of unfamiliarity, uncertainty, instability and insecurity.