18. — 20.08.2021
in Berlin & im Live-Stream


»TRANSITIONS. Festival of Contemporary Jewish Arts« presents a diversity of contemporary artistic perspectives and practices that navigate the space between protest and resistance, solidarity and reinvention.

The three-day festival unites around 50 artists – Jewish, non-Jewish, secular, observant, post-migrant or migrant, feminist, Black, PoC and/or queer – who envision and envisage a different society. What alternative modes of thinking and acting do they incite? How can the transition between old and new be framed artistically?

»TRANSITIONS« invites artists and the public to a pan-European and trans-Atlantic exchange and encourages us to explore new social conditions and visions. The festival celebrates the Art of Resistance and, through a multiplicity of voices – both in their commonalities and divergences – demonstrates the possibilities of shaping social change together pluralistically.

Curators of the festival are Sasha M. Salzmann, Tobias Herzberg und Jo Frank (Literature), Layla Zami und Oxana Chi (Performance+Music), Daniel Laufer (Exhibition) and Julia Y. Alfandari (Discussion+Workshops).

Dagesh in cooperation with Asylum Arts, the global network of Jewish culture present the multimedia art exhibition »TRANSITIONS«. Over 15 Jewish artists from Europe and the American continent engage via video and sound art, text composition, and other forms of visual and digital arts with the liminal space, a threshold condition in which society currently finds itself, both socially and politically. A “betwixt and between” state, where the usual order of things is disrupted and new potentials and limits can be challenged and explored.

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Künstler*innen // Artists

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Wednesday, August 18

16:00, Säälchen

Exhibition Opening and Tour with Curator Daniel Laufer (DE + EN)

17:30, Außenbühne

Festival Opening und Opening Performance

18:00, Außenbühne

»Artist Talk«

Esra Küçük (Allianz Kulturstiftung) und Andrea Görgen (Foreign Office) in conversation with artists of the multimedia Art Exhibition »TRANSITIONS«. Moderated by: Julia Y. Alfandari (Dagesh).

19:30, Außenbühne

»Bodies & Sounds in Movement«

With: Zufit Simon, Oxana Chi, Layla Zami, Julius Heise, Rroma Aether Klub Theater, Das Dokumentartheater Berlin.

Curators: Layla Zami & Oxana Chi

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Thursday, August 19

11:00- 20.00, »TRANSITIONS« Art Exhibition in Säälchen

09:00 – 14:00, Terrasse

Workshop I Dagesh on Tour: Arts Education Workshop with Youth (Age: 15 years+). [Registration required]

18:00, Außenbühne

»Literature as Political Practice«: a literary relay race

With: Fatma Aydemir, Max Czollek, Esther Dischereit, Tomer Gardi, Swantje Lichtenstein, Cemile Sahin, Hengameh Yaghoobifarah, Sivan Ben Yishai, Mazlum Nergiz, Sandra Gugić, Antigone Akün, Hila Amit, Enis Maci and many more!

Curators: Tobias Herzberg, Sasha Marianna Salzmann, Jo Frank.

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Friday, August 20

11:00 – 20:00, »TRANSITIONS« Art Exhibition in Säälchen

10:00 – 14:00, Terrasse

Workshop II with cultural and art representatives working in the field of anti-antisemitic and anti-racist arts and political education. [Registration required]

18:00, Außenbühne

»We talk Tachles! Art and curation as a practice of resistance«

Talk with: Mirjam Wenzel, Nuran David Çalış and Ricardo Domeneck. Moderated by Julia Y. Alfandari (Dagesh) and Tillmann Severin (Author & Publisher).

19:30, Außenbühne

Shabbat ceremony opened by Rabbi Max Feldhake.


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Location & Live-Stream

»TRANSITIONS. Festival Jüdischer Gegenwartskünste« takes place on August 18th – 20th, 2021 at Holzmarkt 25 and will also be streamed live via the Dagesh YouTube Channel.

Address: Holzmarktstr. 25, 10243 Berlin

S-BAHN: Ostbhf., Jannowitzbrücke
U-BAHN: Jannowitzbrücke



The Dagesh »TRANSITIONS. Festival Jüdischer Gegenwartskünste« is in cooperation with:



»TRANSITIONS. Festival Jüdischer Gegenwartskünste« is financially supported by:




The Dagesh »TRANSITIONS« Team:


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If you have any queries or require further information, contact us: transitions @


Entry to the festival and exhibition is free but you are required to register online, as spaces are limited. You can register for the festival days via Eventbrite:

Day 1, 18 August 2021: »Artist Talk« + Performance »Bodies & Sounds in Movement«

Day 2, 19 August 2021: »Literature as Political Practice«: a literary relay race

Day 3, 20 August 2021: »We talk Tachles! Art and curation as a practice of resistance«

In order to inhibit the spread of the SARS-CoV2 virus and to minimize the risk of infection, the festival takes place in compliance with hygiene requirements. You can find the most important information here. Please also note the current hygiene information at the venue (Holzmarkt 25/10243 Berlin).

Dagesh operates at the intersection between cultural and political education. As a platform and network, Dagesh supports young Jewish artists and provides a space to voices and expressions attempting to redefine the contemporary and future-oriented Jewish self-image and confidence in Germany.

For us to continue our work, organise events such as »TRANSITIONS«, work in schools and support artists, we are also grateful for your support in kind donations:

Leo Baeck Foundation

Deutsche Bank

IBAN: DE69100700000903728403


Many thanks and we look forward to meeting you at the festival!

Your Dagesh Team


Stephanie Haerdle / Leo Baeck Foundation

Press & Communication

Mobile: 0174-3772 897

E-Mail: haerdle @