The fifth Berlin Festival of Religions “Faiths in Tune” took place on Sunday, 28 August 2022. Organised by DialoguePerspectives alumna Anja, the festival followed in the footsteps of the success of its four prior incarnations (2016 – 19) in Berlin. The festival took place under the patronage of the Governing Mayer of Berlin Franziska Giffey at the ufaFabrik in Berlin-Tempelhof with a diverse programme free-of-charge to the festival’s circa 1000 visitors, who were entertained all day while learning more about the religious and cultural diversity of Berlin.
The festival encompassed an all-day stage programme with 18 music and dance performances, 20 meditation, song, dance, and learning workshops, a market of diversity with 15 stands providing information and encounters, 2 exhibitions providing knowledge on the topic of religion, and an interactive children’s area in which children and young people, as well as their parents, could learn about different religions in a playful way. In addition, the Berliner Forum der Religion contributed their own youth programme to the festival.
The festival was opened with the musical “Esperanza: Hope Beyond Borders”, in which 50 young people from Germany, Austria, Italy, Israel, Palestine, and with biographies of flight and migration from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, and Turkey explored the topics of homelands, home, border, and hope. The young people were participants in the international summer camp “Knüpfwerk”, which was held in Berlin and Storkow in the week before the Faiths in Tune festival in cooperation with the Viennese association The Upper Room and the Jerusalem music school Magnificat Institute. Further programme highlights included a Taikodrum performance by the Japanese Shumei community, a guest appearance by the Berlin rapper and television host Matondo Castlo, who introduced the results of a rap workshop with young people (also held as part of the festival), as well as a concert by the renowned Ajam Quartet from Berlin to round off the festival.
Berliners from many different communities and religious aaffiliations were actively engaged in the work of the festival, with over 300 active contributors from over 40 religious communities and institutions and interfaith initiatives. At least 10 different religions were represented on stage and at the Market of Diversity. The outstanding success of the festival is thanks not only to the engagement of the festival organisers Anja Fahlenkamp, Barış Şahin, and Adina Ajzenberg, the untiring work of the volunteers and the enthusiasm of the many active contributors, but also to the generous support of partners like DialoguePerspectives, ufaFabrik, the Berliner Forum der Religionen and the local sponsors Hertha BSC, Jalou City, and Edeka Lenkeit.
The Faiths in Tune – 5th Berlin Festival of Religions was able to once again successfully demonstrate that supporting interfaith dialogue through music, dance, art, and the provision of a safe space for a dynamic exchange are not only incredibly important, but are also highly effective and are welcomed and valued by Berliners of all ages, social, cultural, and religious backgrounds with great openness, gratitude, and excitement.
Find the festival programme here
Complete edited video of the festival: here
© Faiths In Tune / Fotograf Anton Tal
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