World poetry: An die Freude, Friedrich von Schiller (2)

Translated by Lauren Valentine, proofread by Charlotte Borne In ‘World Poetry’, discover a piece of poetry accompanied by a brief analysis. This month, it’s the turn of ‘Ode to Joy’, written in 1785 by Friedrich von Schiller.   The poet Born in 1759 and deceased in 1805, Friedrich von Schiller is a German writer, philosopher […]

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Skateboarding from California to Berlin, interview with Martel Persien

TRANSLATED BY MELANIE JOUD AND SARAH WHITE In the movie, This Ain’t California, the German skateboarder and movie director, Martel Persien traces the evolution of skateboarding in the former German Democratic Republic. Considered as a tool for political protest in East Germany, or a distinctive discipline of the American dream… skateboarding led to radical societal […]

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In Leipzig art appears through the bricks

TRANSLATED BY LYDIA CHENG AND VICTORIA WILLIAMS Reminders of its history can be seen throughout Leipzig. Recognisable by its redbrick buildings, the district of Plagwitz in Western Leipzig was one of Germany’s most important industrial areas during the 19th century. Some of these buildings are now home to museums and cultural institutes whilst others, now […]

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