Treffpunkt ostZONE. Remember and shape

The project Treffpunkt ostZONE. Remember and Shape invites people to exchange ideas about life during the GDR era and to engage with their own biographies – across generations and interculturally.

About the project

Tell us, what was it like during the GDR era? How did you yourself or your parents and grandparents live here in Dresden? What has changed since then?

Come by: In Treffpunkt ostZONE we ask and remember together. In the exchange between generations and cultures about the past and present, every memory is taken seriously: From contract workers who arrived during the GDR era, trainees and students e.g. from Vietnam, Mozambique, Syria, Hungary, Poland, Ethiopia/Eritrea, from people who have moved here since 1989 or from “native Dresdeners”.

In market cafés, people talk loosely about certain aspects of life, such as “tailoring and sewing: GDR – today”. District walks focus on “living” in different parts of Dresden. In biography artworkshops, artists encourage people to create their own experiences as something “tangible and visible”. In podium discussions on various topics, contemporary witnesses, experts and the audience will enter into a dialogue.

Question and remember: Through biographical telling, supported by art, the individual comes into focus and can thereby help shape the memory of society as a whole.


© A. M. Eisen (2021)


Flyer / Leaflet (.pdf)
Overview of all dates (.pdf)


18.06.2021 | 12:00 Market café in Gorbitz
18.06.2021 | 15:00 District walk in Gorbitz
19.06.2021 | 10:00 Biography art workshop in Gorbitz
26.06.2021 | 10:00 Biography art workshop in Gorbitz


02.07.2021 | 12:00 Market café in Johannstadt
02.07.2021 | 15:00 District walk in Johannstadt
03.07.2021 | 11:00 Podium discussion in Johannstadt
10.07.2021 | 10:00 Biography Art Workshop in Johannstadt
17.07.2021 | 10:00 Biography Art Workshop in Johannstadt


10.09.2021 | 12:00 Market café in Neustadt
10.09.2021 | 15:00 District walk in Neustadt


11.09.2021 | 11:00 Podium discussion in Prohlis
18.09.2021 | 10:00 Biography Artworkshop in Prohlis
25.09.2021 | 10:00 Biography Artworkshop in Prohlis


01.10.2021 | 12:00 Market café in Südvorstadt
01.10.2021 | 15:00 District walk in Südvorstadt
02.10.2021 | 10:00 Biography Artworkshop in Südvorstadt
09.10.2021 | 10:00 Biography Artworkshop in Südvorstadt


22.10.2021 | 12:00 Market café in Altstadt
22.10.2021 | 15:00 District Walk in Altstadt
23.10.2021 | 11:00 Podium discussion in Altstadt


23.10.2021 | 14:00 Workshop Day in Friedrichstadt
20.11.2021 | 14:00 Closing event in Friedrichstadt

Treffpunkt ostZONE. Remember and shape

The project enables people with and without a migration background to exchange information about life during the GDR era across generations and to deal with their own biographies.



Project participants
Dr. Verena Böll (Project management)
Elena Pagel (Artistic management)
Dresden artists as well as contemporary witnesses and experts

Cooperation partners
MEDEA International – FMGZ MEDEA e.V.
Omse e.V.
Johannstädter Kulturtreff e.V.
Ausländerrat e.V.
Prohlis ist bunt
Deutsch-Vietnamesischer Kulturverein-Dresden e.V.
riesa efau. Kulturforum Dresden e.V.
Frauenstadtarchiv / FrauenBildungsHaus Dresden e.V.
Gedenkstätte Bautzner Straße Dresden / Erkenntnis durch Erinnerung e.V.
Städtische Bibliotheken Dresden
Volkshochschule Dresden e.V.

Supported by

The project is supported by the House of Resources Dresden