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Vivienne Westwood, 2007
Vivienne Westwood, 2007
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Berliner Lektionen

The Berlin Lectures have become a key fixture in the cultural life of the city of Berlin. This forum for public debate was instigated in 1987 for the 750th anniversary celebrations of the city, and has since seen more than a hundred Sunday morning readings in which a wide range of important figures in public life – philosophers, artists, scientists, writers, politicians – talk about their experiences in a fast changing world. The lectures in the Renaissance-Theater offer fascinating and often brilliant reflection on our life and times, and this series has become a chronicle of political and cultural transformation. Against the backdrop of the artistic programmes and exhibitions of the Berliner Festspiele, the Berlin Lectures create a space for a detailed presentation of visions, for thoughtful consideration of controversial issues, or to present a lifetime’s work. In recent years guest speakers have included Mikhail Gorbachev, Helmut Lachenmann, Hermann Nitsch, Vivienne Westwood, Volker Schlöndorff and Rem Koolhaas. Since 2004 the Berlin Lectures have been presented in cooperation with the ZEIT Foundation Ebelin und Gerd Bucerius. A selection of the most interesting lectures since 2000 is published in the volume “20 Jahre Berliner Lektionen – Eine politisch-kulturelle Chronik der Gegenwart”, :Transit-Verlag Berlin.

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