This year, we will once again be out and about in several districts – more precisely: DRESDNER NACHBARSCHAFTEN. Conversations in the green, encounter cafés, workshops, district tours and much more will connect the topics of biography and neighbourhood.
About the project
What exactly happens between garden fences and in stairwells? And how has living together changed over time? New things are added, old things disappear, new neighbours live next door to old residents. Almost everyone has neighbours and can spontaneously tell one or two anecdotes. In the project „Dresdner Nachbarschaften – Damals, Heute, Morgen“, together with long-standing partners from various parts of the city, we invite you to get to know the local people better and to rediscover initiatives and small oases just around the corner.
We want to make people aware of the hidden things in the district. Memories, experiences and wishes regarding our neighbourhood are the focus. We want to listen and let people tell stories: What did it look like in Gorbitz 30 years ago? What reminds a newcomer in Gruna of his home in the Allgäu or the Middle East? Those who want to have something ‘in their hands’ can let off steam creatively and design their own memory book. Everyone can get involved and get to know various neighbourhood initiatives and meetings: from the community garden to the neighbourhood shop. We offer all this and more during joint district walks, storytelling cafés in the green and creative biography workshops.
No matter how old, no matter where you are from, we are happy to hear from anyone who wants to tell us their story.
“We want to make people aware of the hidden things in the district. Memories, experiences and wishes regarding our neighbourhood are the focus. We want to listen and let people tell stories: What did it look like in Gorbitz 30 years ago? What reminds a newcomer in Gruna of his home in the Allgäu or the Middle East? Those who want to have something ‘in their hands’ can let off steam creatively and design their own memory book. Everyone can get involved and get to know various neighbourhood initiatives and meetings: from the community garden to the neighbourhood shop. We offer all this and more during joint district walks, storytelling cafés in the green and creative biography workshops.”Yvonn Spauschus, project management
Quotes and reports
Many meetings, exchanges and listening sessions have shown us that these are great people who give Dresdner Nachbarschaften a face and hold them together! Here you can find out more about these neighbours, initiatives and other stories…
30.05.2022 · Screen printing workshop NU PRINT with Moussa Mbarek
03.06.2022 · Neighbourhood walk in Gorbitz
03.06.2022 · Storytelling café in Gorbitz
04.06.2022 · Biography workshop in Gorbitz
15.06.2022 · Neighbourhood walk in Löbtau
18.06.2022 · Biography workshop in Gorbitz
01.07.2022 · Neighbourhood walk in Löbtau
01.07.2022 · Storytelling café in Löbtau
02.07.2022 · Biography workshop in Löbtau
08.07.2022 · Neighbourhood walk in Prohlis
08.07.2022 · Storytelling café in Prohlis
09.07.2022 · Biography workshop in Prohlis
16.07.2022 · Biography workshop in Löbtau
16.07.2022 · Biography workshop in Prohlis Veranstaltung abgesagt
22.07.2022 · Screen printing workshop with Moussa Mbarek
31.07.2022 · Neighbourhood day in Gorbitz
01.08.2022 · Screen printing workshop with Moussa Mbarek
20.08.2022 · Biography workshop in Strehlen
02.09.2022 · Neighbourhood walk in Johannstadt
02.09.2022 · Storytelling café in Johannstadt
03.09.2022 · Biography workshop in Johannstadt
05.09.2022 · Screen printing workshop at banquet for everyone «Dresden is(s)t bunt»
09.09.2022 · Neighbourhood walk in Gruna
09.09.2022 · Storrytelling café in Gruna
10.09.2022 · Biography workshop in Gruna
10.09.2022 · Biography workshop in Johannstadt
17.09.2022 · Biography workshop in Gruna
25.09.2022 · Screen printing workshop with Moussa Mbarek
16.11.2022 · Workshop Advent
18.11.2022 · Screen printing workshop with Moussa Mbarek
27.11.2022 · "Gegenüber // The other side" - vernissage and closing party Registration welcome.
28.11.2022 - 29.01.2023 · "Gegenüber // The other side" - exhibition
Nadine Wölk · workshop leader, memory books
“Do I know my neighbors? Ein, zwei, drei mit Namen. Da klingle ich auch, wenn ich beim Einkaufen etwas vergessen habe. Ob die anderen Nachbarn mich kennen? Keine Ahnung. But as far as I know myself, I’m always happy about a friendly hello. In this sense: hello dear neighbors!”
Nadine Wölk, born in 1979 in Thuringia, has lived and worked in Dresden for 20 years. She studied graphic design in Munich as well as painting and graphics. She works as a freelance graphic designer, artist and freelance lecturer.
Moussa Mbarek · workshop leader, screen printing
“In all the places I’ve lived in Dresden, unfortunately, I haven’t known my neighbors. If you weren’t born here, it’s hard to get into conversation with neighbors. Encounters are brief and everyone quickly closes the door. That was different in my old home.”
Moussa Mbarek, born in the Libyan Sahara, has lived in Dresden since 2015. Since then, he has worked as an art caster and is involved in the artistic field of migration work.
Anne Ibelings · workshop leader, memory books
“Neighborhood. I think first of all of our house community. For us, our garden is both a place of recreation and a meeting place. How lucky we are to have it.”
Anne Ibelings, born 1982, has lived and worked in Dresden since 2009. She studied communication design with a focus on illustration. She lives in Dresden as a freelance illustrator and draws for children’s and non-fiction books, among others.
Uta Rolland · moderation and documentation
“Neighborhoods can be a wonderful living network that sustains even in difficult situations.”
Uta Rolland grew up in Meissen and has lived in Dresden for ten years. As a cultural historian, she has worked in the cultural industry for many years.
Rosa Hauch · moderation and documentation
“Neighbors – live and let live, I think. In the old days, you used to go around the place in a horse-drawn carriage. “I’m the new guy. Here’s my business card, please. ” Such rituals feel quite nice, but seem out of time. A friendly “Hallo, Moin, Tach” will do. Addressing and helping each other is nice. What I find unattractive is trying to tell your neighbor how he or she should do something.”
Rosa was born in Ueckermünde and has lived in Dresden for 30 years. She works as a freelance journalist, job application coach and language teacher.
Rosa Brockelt · moderation and documentation
“I grew up in Italy, in the middle of the forest in the western Alps. It’s beautiful there, but at that time there were no other children living nearby and even the village was only accessible by car. That’s probably why in the cities I lived in – Turin, Isfahan and Dresden – neighborhood networking was always very important to me. I love running into friends and acquaintances in the neighborhood and having a quick chat with the baker, the Späti owner and the café owner.”
Rosa taught German as a foreign language, supervised prospective refugee students at the TU Dresden, and was and is active in various art and cultural projects. She draws everywhere, really.
Damals, Heute, Morgen / Zuhören, Erinnern und Gestalten
In our storytelling cafés and discussion groups, district tours and workshops, we want to encourage you to tell stories and develop visions.
The project is funded by the House of Resources Dresden+