Ten Years of Crash Culture Crush Festival: Bringing People Together Through Art | NDR.de

Status: 04/26/2022 11:01 AM

The focus of the Krass Kultur Crash Festival in Campanagel is the clash of different cultures. This year, the festival, founded by Bosnian director Branko Simic, is being held for the tenth time.

by Katya Wise

The guy in the black training jacket doesn’t think much of withdrawing into cultural outlets — only openness gets you anywhere, says Branko Simic, looking amiably through his glasses. I have learned that. In 1992 he came to Hamburg as a refugee from Sarajevo: “I was at first in Hungary, then in Austria, then I came to Hamburg. In fact, I have to continue studying there. I stayed until today ”, says Simic.

Branko Simic: When war changes your perception

At that time, he also changed his job. The 24-year-old actor decided to study directing as well – on the one hand because he did not speak German, on the other because he was looking for a new form of artistic expression: “I also remember by chance in the garden of the house where I lived on the first day of the war.” “This bomb changed my perceptions and challenged my ambitions to become an artist.”

It took him a long time to technically process what he tested. This is why he advocates not putting pressure on artists who are now fleeing the war in Ukraine, but instead making the infrastructure available to them. He feels strongly reminded of the period of the Yugoslav war, Simic explains: “Both in the former Yugoslavia and Ukraine, it began with the narration that people denied the existence of others. And there are no Ukrainians, as stated in this speech by Putin. I was very shocked when I heard and read this speech. It was the same The novel is as in the former Yugoslavia.

Performances, concerts, readings – and a dinner

What is the image that refugees have of Germany? This question runs as a red thread through the program Krass Kultur Crash Festivals with performances, concerts and readings. To start, Šimić and his dramatist Nikola Djuric invite you to an international German dinner, where you can eat and discuss: What do you like about Germany? What is happening here? And where should you go? It will be managed by Michal Abdallah and served by Tina Kecirovic, among others: “I have a triple background: actress, waitress, and Yogo.” She also talks about her experience as a waitress.

Simic and Djuric always develop their pieces with the collection based on what people have experienced. It’s often more fantastic than fiction: “Around 2007 I did a play about four young men who had escaped,” Simic says. “I’ve been interviewing them. The standard for the piece was to tell stories that actually happened while running, but the viewer thinks all the time: Aha, they made that up.”

Krass Kultur Crash Festival: Bringing people together through art

Thinking about society more, bringing people together through art: Šimić thinks culinary integration works well. He’ll also contribute something to the menu, “because the menu that Antonia cooks is vegetarian and vegan. Like the Balkans, we can’t do without meat completely. That’s why we’ll fry and serve a little Wiener Schnitzel. Me too, personally,” he says. On April 27, the Krass Kultur Crash Festival in Kampnagel begins with a 3-course menu. The festival continues until May 8th.

Ten Years of Krass Kultur Crash Festival: Bringing People Together through Art

The festival in Kampnagel focuses on the clash of different cultures. The Bosnian director is still in charge today.

He writes:

Kampnagel International Culture Factory GmbH
Garstrass 20
22303 Hamburg


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