CfA: "War or Peace? Crossroads of History 1918 | 2018". Deadline: 15 July 2018

The history festival "War or Peace. Crossroads of History 1918 | 2018"
 Wednesday, 17 October 2018 – Sunday, 21 October 2018
Where: Am Festungsgraben 1-2, 10117 Berlin
Costs: free of charge. Travel costs for participants will be partly reimbursed.
Application deadline: 15 July 2018


1918 is essentially linked to the end of the First World War, the “Great War” that had upended Europe and the world. While some were mourning losses and defeat, 1918 marked the rise of new nations and identities for others. Hopes and visions for a brighter and peaceful future collided with continuing violence in various shapes and forms. Entirely different notions of coexistence, peace and democracy were deliberated both peacefully and with violent or suppressive means. Ambiguities like these are symptomatic not only for the time after the First World War, but for many crossroads of global history.
This in mind, the festival “War or Peace?” aims to capture the variety of different – sometimes competing – narratives and to explore their consequences for today’s reality.

Sounds interesting to you?

Via different topics and approaches, as a participant of the festival campus we invite you to investigate how notions, expectations and reality of War and Peace differed throughout space and time and how memory and mutual understanding have strong effects on current political and civic activity. By pooling different identities, diverse perspectives as well as ideas of remembrance and utopia, you will aim to voice common perspectives on the past, the present and the future in unexpected and creative ways. Innovative and unexpected methods and perspectives are part of the festival’s unique approach. The Maxim Gorki Theatre Berlin will contribute to the multi-perspective approach of the festival by setting up a corresponding cultural programme. International artists will share their perspectives apart from normative narratives. Guests are cordially invited to take part in public events of the festival in Berlin, such as theatre plays, performances, discussion boards and the presentation of the workshop results.


War or Peace is organised by the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) and the Maxim Gorki Theatre Berlin in cooperation with the German Federal Cultural Foundation, supported by the Federal Foreign Office.
More on Organisers & Partners of the festival here.


… 17th to 21st October in Berlin. The Opening Ceremony on Wednesday evening is followed by three campus days exploring topics of war and peace throughout history in workshops. Exciting side activities will activate you to dig deeper into related fields of interest and take your time to exchange with other international participants. In the evenings, the Maxim Gorki Theatre invites you to wrap your mind around artistic approaches to the topic. Our discursive journey concludes with a celebratory presentation of results on Saturday. An optional Sunday matinee provides the concluding epilogue with a Gorki Forum discussion (on 21st October).
The Maxim Gorki Theatre contributes with a corresponding cultural programme which will be open to the public. Various performances, lectures, and artistry are shown from 16th to 31st October 2018.
Find a complete list of every event in the festival programme.

The entire event will be based in the heart of Berlin. Activities will take place at the Maxim Gorki Theatre, the Palais am Festungsgraben and Quadriga Berlin.
More on our venues here.


… is an essential part of the festival. In 20 workshops, participants will apply themselves to a subtheme in order to shed light on contrasts and narratives of the events in and after 1918 and their meaning for today. With innovative and unusual methods, we create an intensive working atmosphere.
The campus programme is realised in collaboration with the various international partners of the festival. They bring their own expertise and distinct background into the respective workshops and therefore add to the multiperspective approach of the festival.
Find a complete list of all workshops here.


… shape our festival. We are looking forward to welcome more than 300 young professionals from Europe and beyond who are interested in investigating different notions, expectations and realities of war and peace. We call for people with diverse perspectives and identities who voice their own ideas of remembrance and utopia.
If you are interested in the revelation and examination of historical contrasts and constructs, we want you to participate. The application is open for everyone aged 18-30 years with a strong interest or professional background in history education, remembrance work, public or urban history, peace and conflict studies or related subjects.

Apply here.