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Über Lebenskunst Project - Call for Future

On 21 April 2010 the two-year program "Über Lebenskunst" will get underway with the Call for Future which marks the start of this joint project of the Federal Cultural Foundation and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt. The project aims to find groundbreaking initiatives for new models of ecologically sustainable living both in and for Berlin, with partners from around the world. Neighbourhood gardens, urban beekeepers, carrot mobs, Wiki woods or climate pirates on Berlin's Spree River: anyone who submits their application form by 24 May 2010 has the chance at both conceptual and financial project support.

Up to 20,000 Euro will be awarded to projects that convincingly bring together culture and sustainability and defy odds to put new ecological models for thought and action to the test for the 21st century. What is needed is a fundamental cultural shift at all levels of society. The Call for Future is an attempt to show a diverse range of artistic projects and social initiatives that are already testing out new forms of sustainable living on a daily basis and, at the same time, it is an invitation to everyone who wants to try something different both in and for Berlin. The Call for Future is a key element in this project that aims to create new spaces for researching and testing out forward-looking activities. The jury is made up of figures from the realms of art and culture, politics and media, civil society, science and business.

The Über Lebenskunst initiatives chosen will invite visitors to experience and try out new spaces for thought and action in the summer of 2011. This will take place as part of the "Über Lebenskunst" theme festival in the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and in various locations in Berlin. Starting in September 2010, artists and creative individuals will receive training in cooperation with the Future Institute of Berlin's Free University in a newly developed programme to practice a future art of sustainable living with children and young people in schools.

Contact: Andrea Peschel, The "Über Lebenskunst" project, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, 10557 Berlin, Germany; e-mail: presse@ueber-lebenskunst.org; www.ueber-lebenskunst.org