Here you can read what there is to discover on the festival grounds in 2022. The free workshops always take place on Saturday after breakfast and before the start of the stage program (12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.).
info booth and workshop
Founded in 1998, the Amadeu Antonio Foundation aims to strengthen a democratic civil society that works against right extremism, racism and antisemitism. Thus, the Foundation supports initiatives and projects that engage in enhancing democratic culture and the protection of minorities. The goal is to offer financial support quickly and where it’s needed most, without a huge bureaucratic process. However, the Foundation’s most important task supersedes financial support: create awareness for committed people on the local level and keep the subject of right-extremism on the forefront of pro-democratic engagement.
The Foundation also has their own projects including BelltowerNews, a news platform for digital civil society. The platform covers subjects such as right-extremism, antisemitism, facets of group-based misanthropy and their strategies and argumentation patterns. www.belltower.news
Workshop: The Anastasia Movement
Hostility against Democracy and conspiracy ideology of the right-extremist esoterical settler’s movement: Self-sufficiency and a close connection to nature on a rural family estate is the romantically described way to solving all the world’s problems – at least that is what the “Anastasia”-bookseries suggests. The Anastasia movement is based on these increasingly popular stories that are riddled with anti-democratic and anti-Semitic notions.
The right-winged esoteric movement is gaining popularity in Germany – not only in the countryside but due to the pandemic also in social networks. In order to counteract nationalistic ideologies, it is important to pay close attention to potential danger deriving from pseudo-medical methods, conspiracy narratives and the attempt to establish their own structures, like schools.
The workshop looks at connections between the books with blood-and-soil-ideology, antisemitism and sexist gender roles. It will also focus on the actors and networks of the Anastasia-movement and on what civil society can do against movement’s spreading.
Anfachen Award (“Stir up award”)
Two issues, double the force!
A political poster competition can and should not ignore the war against Ukraine and the inherent humanitarian catastrophe. At the same time, we did not want to make the mistake of forgetting about other issues completely. The Anfachen Award therefore asks you to double your efforts and create something along the lines of two issues:
Subject 1: Nature
Subject 2: Humanity
The winning posters will be displayed during the festival.
Company Advisory Team (bbt)
Info booth and workshop
The Company Advisory Team Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (BBT) has been working against discrimination and anti-democracy within companies for 14 years. These phenomena can materialise in the form of disruption of the company peace, stigmatisation of staff members or a division of the entire company staff. BBT offers workshops and presentations for interested companies. Following that, BBT will give advice on how to include non-discriminatory and democratic processes in the company’s strategy and daily life. Inhumane attitudes have no place in civil society or in a work environment! BBT stands closely behind unions and thus supports IG Metall (Industrial Union of Metalworkers) and ver.di (United Services Trade Union) with their info booths.
Protestant Youth Mecklenburg, Provost District Wismar
Jesus Christ was Jewish. The first Christians were Greek, Italian, Arab and Persian. Today, you can find Christians in all corners of the world. Being Christian and a racist therefore is not only stupid, it doesn’t work.
Young members of the Provost district Wismar/church area Grevesmühlen offer you a chill-out-area, anti-racist henna tattoos, information and two foosball tables.
University of Wismar – Faculty of Architecture Design
Once more, the University of Wismar, Faculty of Architecture and Design presents the village of democracy and tolerance. The solely for this purpose invented little houses made out of eco-friendly cardboard and easy-to-assemble and disassemble construction offers shelter to all the different subjects, to be presented at the festival. The Faculty of Architecture and Design will also be present with its own booth, to celebrate tolerance and democracy as well as presenting its study programme.
We are looking forward to welcoming you at our booth! Come by for a chat!
Hainis – Spontaneous Live Literature
The start was rather easy: Around the year 2005, a few Mecklenburger in exil in Berlin-Friedrichshain got pretty angry at the amount of city district trend magazines, that never said anything interesting about the closure of local shops in their streets…blablabla, wouldn’t publish any real poetry…aaaand were published by, let’s say, young-ish Berlin-Prenzlberg hipsters wearing basecaps (basecaps? Really? At that age?).
The mission was clear: Never ever should Prenzlberg Hipsters be able to control what’s on your head. Fullstop. A housewarming party needed to be planned. Fullstop. What now? (Lenin). Fullstop.
We founded the seasonal emancipatory magazine hainis for hat trends (or something like that) the party was great and we showed the Prenzlberg Hipsters how to not publish anything interesting about local shops or poetry the correct way. Aaaand we revolutionized the trendy glossy headgeary magazine szene. Is what people say.
Talking about the state of the hat/head had its disadvantages: Success! More magazines, more people involved, more closed shops, a life-perfomance, anything was possible at this point.
Our lifestyles might have changed. The executive power over production resources have not. Und thus we still produce our booklets about everything concerning the top (of one’s head). Making sure, men that still wear basecaps over the age of 30 never publish anything concerning head health ever again.
You will be able to experience us at saturday night after the last band.
Young Industrial Union Metal Youth Lübeck Wismar
Info booth and workshop on the subject of racism in companies and in society
Kein Bock auf Nazis (= „No go for Nazis”)
„Kein Bock auf Nazis“ supports, connects and informs youths on the subject of the extreme right, racism and the neo-Nazi-scene. The Berlin-based band ZSK and the Antifascist Press Archive and education forum e.V. (apabiz) founded our non-profit project in 2006.
We work solely based on donations and are supported by bands and artists such as Die Toten Hosen, Bela B., Die Ärzte, Wir Sind Helden, Broilers, Mdsen, Donots, Fettes Brot Beatsteaks, Deichkind, Sportfreunde Stiller, Anti-Flag and many more. We were able to distribute 250.000 DVDs and more than a million student magazines free of charge thanks to donations. We constantly offer info material, stickers and advice to initiatives, groups and individuals that work against the far right.
We are contact persons and offer support for any young person to open their mouths against the shift to the right and growing social coldness. We connect, encourage, and help to get active. Against neo-Nazis and racism.
Together we can make a difference!
Joint Regional School and Gymnasium “Tisa von der Schulenburg“
We are the „Updater“ project group from the Cooperative Comprehensive School Dorf Mecklenburg. You will find us and our wheel of fortune quiz at the RAA Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V. booth.
Birgit and Horst Lohmeyer are our school sponsors in the project “School without Racism – School with Courage” supported by “Living Democracy”. You will also find us and our wheel of fortune quiz at the both of the RAA Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e. V.
Omas gegen Rechts – Grannys against the right
We are people that refuse to stay quiet in the face of rising human rights abuses, sexism, racism and other discriminations in our society. We stand for a tolerant, active society in which sex/gender and place of origin do not play a role and in which all creatures are met with respect. We want a world in which self-expression and joy of life are a reachable goal for all humans.
No Pasaràn! ALERTA!
Party Project ODYSSEE
If you’ve been at the festival before, you’ve probably come across our big colourful Chill-Out-tent: we have good music, lights and a disco ball; as well as a lot of information on subjects like party drugs, driver’s licence and drugs, safer-use-education, mixed consumption, traceable detection times, pill warning, cocaine & XTC extenders etc. We also offer give-aways, such as earplugs, dextrose, fruits, condoms, Safer-Snief-Tubes, etc.
RAA Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V., Regional Centre for Democratic Culture West Mecklenburg
info booth and workshop
We’ll have plenty of info material to hand out as well as the popular antiracist earplugs. In addition, one team of a “School without Racism”-project (Joint Regional School and Gymnasium “Tisa von der Schulenburg”) will be present with different activities, information and a wheel of fortune-quiz.
Workshop: “Recognizing and Calling our Anti-feminism”
The public increasingly discusses the subject of anti-feminism, especially in the context of right-extremism, and tends to understand it as a solely male phenomenon. Looking at it more closely, it becomes clear that it is not a rare phenomenon within a distinct group of people. Instead, anti-feminist content is a staple of right-extremist ideologies and a building block against progressive ideas such as feminism, diversity and equality. Especially anti-feminism offers the extreme right the opportunity to integrate in broader socio-political discourses without being recognized and labelled as such. In this workshop we would like to analyse the ideology and its pitfalls as well as identifying the danger anti-feminism poses to society as a whole. Why is anti-feminism dangerous for a democratic society? How do these ideas spread? Who is being vilified and why? Which role do women play in this? Are they simply passive recipients or rather active creators of (right-extremist) politics? We invite everyone to approach these questions and to take a clear stand against anti-feminism.
Speakers: Michael Staack, Julia Kleefeld, Gwendolyn Black
Everyone has heard of the terrible conditions refugees face when trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to flee to safety. Thousands have lost their lives; the EU mostly ignores this. Being saved when fleeing and in distress at sea is a human right.
Knowledgeable people with different professional backgrounds founded RESQSHIP e.V. in 2017 in order to finance an additional ship in the Mediterranean, thus offering relief to the already existing ships and helping to rescue refugees. RESQSHIP e.V. relies entirely on donations. Bank details: IBAN: DE18 4306 0967 2070 814500 | BIC: GENO DE M1 GLS | GLS Gemeinschaftsbank eG. We welcome any new interested supporters!
Rock gegen Rechts Stralsund e. V.
organises the festival breakfast on Saturday morning, as usual. Rock hard, eat hard! That is why Rock against the Right Stralsund e.V. offers breakfast for you between 10am and 12pm. We welcome donations anywhere between 2 and 1.000 €. Of course, there will be coffee and other breakfast drinks as well. Simply follow the bun and coffee scent! In case you can’t find us, please follow the signs.
Romero Initiative (CIR)
The Romero Initiative is a human rights organisation founded in the 1980ies. Our work stands in the tradition of Oscar Romero, an activist against military dictatorship and for justice in Latin America in the 1970ies. Our work focusses on a holistic approach to a just socio-economic system in which everyone can work and live under dignified circumstances and where companies act socially and ecologically conscious. We stand for global solidarity and build bridges between our partnering countries in Central America and Germany.
Our campaigns and education work in Germany aims to increase awareness in European societies and to mobilize through political actions, in order to end unjust structures and ignite fundamental change. We are active in different groups and networks like the Initiative Lieferkettengesetz (Iniative Supply Chain Act) and the Clean Clothes Campaign.
At our booth we offer you information, discussions, participatory actions and entertainment focussed at the topic of sustainability and human rights in international food and textile supply chains. You’ll also get the opportunity to sign the petition of the initiative Lieferkettengesetz for a strong EU supply chain act.
Chess Café of the Chess Club Kaltenkirchen
We have been fascinated by chess since our childhood, and fascinated by festivals since our youth. We would like to share, experience and celebrate these fascinations with you. We will offer plenty of classic board game equipment, including clocks, lego chess and more interesting board games that you are welcome to try to out.
We will also inform you about the campaign “Together against right extremism” and are joined by the female grandmaster Melanie Lubbe (née Ohme) under the motto “Step by step against racism”. The campaign includes a guideline for clubs about how to deal with racist incidents within their structures, how anti-racist content can be included in the club’s statute and the popular flyer “That looks illegal”. If you are also interested in learning what the cosmopolitan fridge is, come by and find material from the club “Action Civil Courage”.
We expect things to get heated not only on the stage but also on our chess boards. Especially since we are the experts in combining action and calmness. No one knows better: chess rocks!
Ver.di Youth North
info booth and workshop “A question of stance”
In 2019, we talked with festival guests and the artist Heinz Raatz about taking a stance in the music industry. We focused on commitment against right-populists and racists. In 2022, after two years of the covid pandemiy, we would like to expand the discussion around taking a stance. How did artists react towards conspiracy ideas and covid-deniers in times of a pandemic and what do we as consumers expect from the music industry? Together we would like to engage in a discussion and look at musicians who maybe surprised and amazed us with their stance. Note: It is not necessary to bring any prior knowledge from the discussion 2019 into this year’s workshop. Everyone is welcome!
WE. Success needs Diversity (WIR)
The initiative “WE. Success needs Diversity” is a state network that stands up for democracy and tolerance in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Countless activities and democracy events have been organised for this cause. The initiative supports projects and activities by using the donation format DEMOKRATIEAKTIE (= democracy stocks); one example being the Jamel rockt den Förster.
At our info booth we offer you information material about our work. We also “sell” democracy stocks and recruit new supporters that join our network and work with us for a liberal, tolerant Meckenburg-Vorpommern. The initiators and supporters of the campaign “WE. Success needs Diversity” are not linked to any party but strengthen democracy in general through activities and good ideas.
We say Moin (=”we say hello”)
“Moin” (= northern German for “Hello”) goes around the world!
Moin is a short word with a lot of meaning. We say Moin – that’s you, and that’s us!
You’ll find us at our beautiful booth with lots of merch (t-shirts, hoodies, bags, etc.), a wheel of fortune with many moin-tastic prices and the opportunity to create some Batik magic. We’d also like to show you a small (photo) exhibition with the topic “flight”.
Moin is a short word with a lot of meaning. We say Moin – that’s you, and that’s us!
In Jamel we will have our beautiful t-shirts and a wheel of fortune with fantastic prices as well as a great exhibition by Pro Asyl! And you will be able to create your own Moin-buttons.
People who are members of right-extremist organizations, the right-extremist scene or who portray a right-extremist mindset are not welcome at the festival!