CONCERTS, CONVERSATION AND HIP-HOP WORKSHOPS — AIRING OUT SUMMER PROGRAM AT THE HUMBOLDT FORUM COURTYARD
Fresh air: this simple substance has never been so important for our health. But have you ever thought about how valuable ventilation can be for culture? Airing Out, the summer festival of open-air performances and activities at the Humboldt Forum, is demonstrating just this by filling the August air with a refreshing program of music, discussion and activities. Every weekend until 11.09.2021, the grand Schlüterhof courtyard in front of the freshly-opened cultural center will be home to a broad program of musicians playing everything from international trance to Afro-Brazilian jazz. On 20.08, the main stage will welcome curator Okhiogbe Omonblanks Omonhinmin for a DJ set of music from her childhood in the city of Benin in Nigeria, Jumoke Adeyanju for a performance of poetry that evokes nostalgia and African spirituality, and a concert of folk-tinged R&B from singer-songwriter Mariama. Omonhinmin returns to the stage for a discussion with a line-up of artists and curators from the African continent and the overseas diaspora. The conversation directly addresses the west’s removal of cultural artifacts from colonies and asks what role the Humboldt Forum can play to redress the injustice of looted art.
Things continue for the little ones with Street Radio Blaster, a series of radio workshops where youngsters aged ten and above can discover hip hop subculture and have a go at freestyle rap, the results of which will be broadcast online. The courtyard is also home to some visual treats, including a multimedia installation by Berlin artist Anne Duk Hee Jordan which considers the colonial history of the potato. Completing the lively scene is colorful pop-up architecture, storytelling sessions and a food and drink stand. In short: a breath of fresh air.
Text: Benji Haughton / Photos: Credit: Stiftung Humboldt Forum im Berliner Schloss / Photos: Frank Sperling