6 episodes

Give Something Back to Berlin is a migrant organisation in Germany working on social integration, intercultural dialogue, and diversity. We make urban integration and intercultural dialogue a multi-way process; promote diversity, equity, and anti-racism; and create opportunities for education and skill-sharing. We make worlds meet for a better city!

Agora podcast series explores Berlin’s multicultural landscape. We find out how migration has changed our urban landscape, hear stories from our community, and exchange ideas with those who are making a difference. We tackle issues ranging from human rights, diversity, and education, to migrant identity and belonging.

Watch this podcast as video series on YouTube:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCckQ52mXVS0ZIVC9843xiFg

Website: www.gsbtb.org
Instagram: www.instagram.com/givesomethingbacktoberlin
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GiveSomethingBackToBerlin

Agora: Multicultural initiatives and stories from the city we love - Berlin Give Something Back to Berlin

    • Society & Culture

Give Something Back to Berlin is a migrant organisation in Germany working on social integration, intercultural dialogue, and diversity. We make urban integration and intercultural dialogue a multi-way process; promote diversity, equity, and anti-racism; and create opportunities for education and skill-sharing. We make worlds meet for a better city!

Agora podcast series explores Berlin’s multicultural landscape. We find out how migration has changed our urban landscape, hear stories from our community, and exchange ideas with those who are making a difference. We tackle issues ranging from human rights, diversity, and education, to migrant identity and belonging.

Watch this podcast as video series on YouTube:
www.youtube.com/channel/UCckQ52mXVS0ZIVC9843xiFg

Website: www.gsbtb.org
Instagram: www.instagram.com/givesomethingbacktoberlin
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GiveSomethingBackToBerlin

    Episode 6: Open Music Lab builds a more equitable music scene in Berlin

    Episode 6: Open Music Lab builds a more equitable music scene in Berlin

    Ben Osborn joins Gaby D'Annunzio to tell how they built a community of music producers from scratch. The two co-founders chat about the crossroads of music and migration, Berlin life and belonging.

    The Open Music Lab is an inclusive community that empowers people to make their own music with the vision of building a more equitable music scene. It offers free production workshops to everyone who wants to learn and improve skills in the field of music.

    Agora podcast brings you stories from our multicultural community.
    Audio-only version of this episode is also available on:
    Apple podcasts: https://apple.co/3fGnjMX
    Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3joeAjC
    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-569758316
    Google podcasts: https://bit.ly/3AloRUm

    Host: Gaby D´Annunzio
    Interviewee: Ben Osborn
    Music Performers: Ben Osborn & Kimia Bani
    Creative Direction & Video Production: Dan Gizzie & Giovanni Dominice
    Production Managers: Gaby D’Annunzio & Ragıp Zık
    Creative Assistant: Marie-Therese Helmschmied
    Production Assistant: Lucie Wirz
    Music: Felix Godden
    Designer: Ohad Ben Moshe

    More information
    Give Something Back to Berlin: https://gsbtb.org
    Open Music Lab: https://www.openmusiclab.org

    Support our work: https://gsbtb.org/donate/

    • 32 min
    Episode 5: Building a new community overseas

    Episode 5: Building a new community overseas

    Amani Kaskin and Antonina Stasiuk talk about how they can engage people deeply and foster a sense of belonging. Open Hearts Space helps migrants and refugees to build their own support network and thrive in a new environment.

    All Open Hearts Space activities are free and open to everyone, with priority given to women and children. You can join art workshops, language cafés, and support groups taking place online and in-person at Refugio Berlin.

    Agora podcast brings you stories from our multicultural community.

    Host: Gaby D’Annunzio
    Guests: Amani Kaskin & Antonina Stasiuk
    Videography: Bethania Medina
    Location: Refugio Berlin
    Production managers: Gaby D’Annunzio & Ragıp Zık
    Music: Felix Godden
    Designer: Ohad Ben Moshe

    Many people build the Open Hearts Space community, and we would like to say a special thanks to those that are currently taking care of the activities:

    Fatima Alhaji
    Teeb Aljamal
    Bissan Awwad
    Hanna Bargheer
    Toulin Balabaki
    Tanja Bächle
    Maria Bither
    Maximilian Brase
    Małgorzata Burkot
    Alessia Cecchini
    Ewa Cichocka
    Phili (Philippa) Cumming
    Carlotta Duken
    Berit Eisele
    Anna Fedas
    Leo Friedmann
    Angela Gonzalez
    Gethin Griffith-Jones
    Maya Kim
    Rebecca Kirch
    Alzbeta Knerova
    Chiara Lioba
    Marta Łepkowska
    Elisa Moll
    Eva Morchen
    Giulia de Pascale
    Julia Pelta-Feldman
    Phoebe Pimlott
    Alys Randall-Smith
    Annick Reppelin-Holzgreve
    Omnia Saad
    Javier Silva Mora
    Joanna Simson
    Lisa Somicheva
    Amélie Stenglin
    Lotti Stolze
    Christoph Thun
    Alejandro Urrutia
    Clotilde Vivier
    Ken Wallingford
    Agata Waśko
    Lucie Lou Wirz

    More information
    Give Something Back to Berlin: https://gsbtb.org
    Open Hearts Space: https://gsbtb.org/projects/open-hearts-space/

    Support our work: https://gsbtb.org/donate/

    • 20 min
    Episode 4: Changing the way migrants learn languages

    Episode 4: Changing the way migrants learn languages

    Rinky Miri and Fayaz Ghaznavi tell us how the Open Language Cafés are helping to change the way migrants learn languages. This space offers a friendly environment to form friendships and build solidarity networks while learning about different cultures and languages.

    All Open Language Cafés classes are free and open to everyone. You can join us at Refugio on Tuesdays at 18:00 for English Language and Wednesdays at 17:30 for German Language Sprachcafé.

    Agora podcast brings you stories from our multicultural community.

    Audio-only version of this episode is also available on:
    Apple podcasts: https://apple.co/3fGnjMX
    Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3joeAjC
    Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/user-569758316
    Google podcasts: https://bit.ly/3AloRUm

    Host: Marie-Therese Helmschmied
    Guests: Fayaz Ghaznavi & Rinky Miri
    Videography: Bethania Medina
    Location: Refugio Berlin
    Production Managers: Gaby D’Annunzio & Ragıp Zık
    Music: Felix Godden
    Audio mix: Richard Salazar Muñoz
    Designer: Ohad Ben Moshe

    More information
    Give Something Back to Berlin: https://gsbtb.org
    Open Language Cafés: https://gsbtb.org/projects/open-language-cafe/

    Support our work: https://gsbtb.org/donate/

    • 16 min
    Episode 3: Berlin's Khan Aljanub bookshop brings Arabic literature to Berlin

    Episode 3: Berlin's Khan Aljanub bookshop brings Arabic literature to Berlin

    In this episode of the Agora podcast series, we talked to Fade Abdelnour, one of the founder of the Khan Aljanub Bookshop of Berlin's Schöneberg district. Khan Aljanub is an initiative of the local Arabic-speaking migrant community and a hideout off the busy Postdamer Street. Fadi told us about the founding story of the bookshop, the recent changes in the multicultural literature scene of Berlin, and what they offer to the city. At the end of the interview, Fadi read an excerpt from Minor Detail, the book that earned Adania Shibli a Pulitzer price.

    "Agora" podcast series is brought to you by Give Something Back to Berlin. We connect migrants, refugees and locals, by developing innovative practices in the areas of social integration, intercultural dialogue and inclusion.

    Agora explores Berlin’s multicultural landscape. We find out how migration has changed our urban landscape, hear stories from our community, and exchange ideas with those who are making a difference. We tackle issues ranging from human rights, diversity, and education, to migrant identity and belonging.

    Video version of this episode can be found on: https://youtu.be/r6xHSqM99UI
    Audio-only version of this episode is also available on:
    Apple podcasts: https://apple.co/3fGnjMX
    Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3joeAjC
    Google podcasts: https://bit.ly/3AloRUm

    Host: Gaby D´Annunzio
    Interviewee: Fadi Abdelnour
    Book read in this episode: Minor Detail by Adania Shibli
    Creative Direction & Video Production: Dan Gizzie & Giovanni Dominice
    Production Managers: Gaby D’Annunzio & Ragıp Zık
    Music: Felix Godden
    Designer: Ohad Ben Moshe

    More information
    Give Something Back to Berlin: https://gsbtb.org
    Khan Aljanub: https://khanaljanub.com

    Support our work: https://gsbtb.org/donate/

    • 13 min
    Episode 2: Migrants and refugees give back to Berlin through the Open Music School

    Episode 2: Migrants and refugees give back to Berlin through the Open Music School

    In this episode of the Agora podcast series, we talked to Tom Young, founder of the Open Music School and Programme Manager at GSBTB. The Open Music School is a musical skill-sharing community with a solid music education programme. Tom told us about the Open Music School's ambition bring diversity to the music scene by making education accessible and completely free for everyone. By offering weekly free music classes and regular thematic events, the Open Music School creates welcoming and inclusive spaces for learners and volunteer instructors.

    The interview is followed by an oud performance by Oudai Amer, a Syrian musician based in Berlin. Oudai has instructed and performed at Open Music School's Arabic music workshops.

    "Agora" podcast series is brought to you by Give Something Back to Berlin. We connect migrants, refugees and locals, by developing innovative practices in the areas of social integration, intercultural dialogue and inclusion.

    Agora explores Berlin’s multicultural landscape. We find out how migration has changed our urban landscape, hear stories from our community, and exchange ideas with those who are making a difference. We tackle issues ranging from human rights, diversity, and education, to migrant identity and belonging.

    The episode is also available on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z0cRvLFHL0k&t=1s

    Host: Gaby D´Annunzio
    Interviewee: Tom Young
    Music Performer: Oudai Amer
    Creative Direction & Video Production: Dan Gizzie & Giovanni Dominice
    Production Managers: Gaby D’Annunzio & Ragıp Zık
    Creative Assistant: Marie-Therese Helmschmied
    Production Assistant: Lucie Wirz
    Music: Felix Godden
    Designer: Ohad Ben Moshe

    More information
    Give Something Back to Berlin: https://gsbtb.org
    Support our work: https://gsbtb.org/donate/
    Open Music School: https://www.openmusicschool.org/
    Refugio Berlin: https://www.refugio.berlin

    • 27 min
    Episode 1: Migrants in Berlin join Deutsche Wohnen & Co Enteignen's housing rights campaign

    Episode 1: Migrants in Berlin join Deutsche Wohnen & Co Enteignen's housing rights campaign

    In this episode, we interviewed Deutsche Wohnen & Co Enteignen, a Berlin-based grassroots initiative aiming at expropriating large housing corporations in order to give all Berliners access to fair housing.

    Tune in and find out how the current housing crisis has particularly affected vulnerable and migrant populations in Berlin and Germany. Rosa Silva joins Marie-Therese Helmschmied and tells us how the campaign started, its different demands and next steps, including the soon-to-come referendum.

    "Agora" podcast series is brought to you by Give Something Back to Berlin. We connect migrants, refugees and locals, by developing innovative practices in the areas of social integration, intercultural dialogue and inclusion.

    Agora explores Berlin’s multicultural landscape. We find out how migration has changed our urban landscape, hear stories from our community, and exchange ideas with those who are making a difference. Join us while we tackle issues ranging from human rights, diversity, and education, to migrant identity and belonging!

    A video version of this episode is also available: https://youtu.be/Y_TaI1YF2jA

    Host: Marie-Therese Helmschmied
    Interviewee: Rosa Silva
    Creative Direction & Video Production: Dan Gizzie & Giovanni Dominice
    Production Managers: Gaby D’Annunzio & Ragıp Zık
    Creative Assistant: Marie-Therese Helmschmied
    Production Assistant: Lucie Wirz
    Music: Felix Godden
    Designer: Ohad Ben Moshe

    More information
    Give Something Back to Berlin: www.gsbtb.org
    Support our work: https://gsbtb.org/donate/
    Deutsche Wohnen & Co Enteignen: www.dwenteignen.de/informations-in-english (English) / www.dwenteignen.de (German)
    Refugio Berlin: www.refugio.berlin

    • 23 min

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