Baynatna & FANN – The Arabic language library of Berlin, WIR MACHEN DAS / wearedoingit e. V.

Berlin’s first Arabic library enriches the cultural landscape of the German capital with its events in the Arabic, German and English language and the digital art and culture magazine FANN. In this creative alliance, spaces of encounter, communication and inspiration are created for artists, cultural workers and scientists.

“Social spaces are important and necessary whenever peoples and cultures are to collide. Baynatna & FANN – the Arabic Library of Berlin fills this classical institution of the library with a wide variety of actively lived art and culture across national and cultural borders. In times when libraries have to close, this cannot be appreciated enough”, says the jury.

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November 17, 2020

3 questions to… the project team of Baynatna & FANN

Describe your project idea in 140 characters.

Open spaces for encounter and inspiration: Baynatna & FANN is the Arabic library & art and culture magazine in the centre of Berlin.

What will you use the 20,000 euros in funding for?

We want to use the funding to pay the cultural workers who put their heart and soul into the library and the magazine, mainly on a voluntary basis, every day, fairly and secure them financially for the coming months. In addition, we want to use the money to improve our digital infrastructure by, for example, better communicating our knowledge and our numerous opportunities for encounters and dialogue through a new website.

We hope that Germany...

… will show solidarity in maintaining and promoting a diverse Arabic-speaking cultural landscape. This does not simply mean demanding cultural diversity, but also supporting it with real commitment – for instance by providing sustainable resources. We would like to see a clear demarcation between Germany and the right-wing and the recognition that racist structures exist in institutions and in society, and that right-wing violence cannot be systematically put off as individual cases.

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