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Threads of Resilience | Workshop | Grandmother of the Universe

16.Dezember 2023 13:00 - 15:30

Organised by Jamila Al-Yousef 

In this workshop we will connect with our grandmothers through games and writing exercises. Under which circumstances did they grew up and became the women* who brought our parents into the world? And how are they embedded in our identity?

What do we know about them and what would we like to explore?

We come together to share stories, love, pain, curiosity and memories.

We come together to reflect who we are today and how this relates to what our female* ancestors sacrificed.

We honor not only which trauma but also which resilience was passed on to us by them.

This workshop was created as part of the theatre productions „Grandmothers of the Universe“ (2020) and „Grandmothers of the Future“ (2021) that Jamila Al-Yousef was part of as composer and performer.

Ticket: Donation-based
Registration: No registration | first come, first served
Language: English
Room: Kahina


Jamila Al-Yousef is a singer, festival curator, and cultural activist from Berlin. Inspired by her Palestinian father who came to Germany as a refugee, she early started creating postcolonial projects to share diverse perspectives on West Asia and North Africa. Amongst other she established the Arab* Underground program at Fusion Festival. Since 2019 Jamila works as a trainer and consultant in the field of Empowerment, Powersharing & Racism Critical Cultural Work at diverse Universities and cultural institutions. Besides that she tours with her psychedelic desert funk band "Jamila & The Other Heroes".



This event is part of the Threads of Resilience Festival

Given the current situation and urgency to express, we decided to co-organise a community-led and collectively curated 3-day festival “Threads of Resilience” from 14-16 December at Oyoun.Those include a press conference, bazaar, panels, film screening, talks, exhibition, workshops, concerts, healing session, theater, puppet show for children, and parties. With this festival, we want to reflect on and learn from movements of resistance, resilience, and solidarity across the world and come together for three days of ephemerality and collaborative archiving. We want to address and speak out against repression, silencing, instrumentalisation, and division. We need to continue to empower, promote, and celebrate pluralistic perspectives from, with, and intersectionally marginalised communities.Admission is based on free donation (nobody will be denied entry if they cannot donate). All proceeds will be given to organizations in support of victims of racist police violence and to organizations giving legal support to people threatened with deportation.


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16.Dezember 2023
13:00 - 15:30


Lucy-Lameck-Staße 32
Berlin, 12049 Deutschland
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