Europe 14│14 – Open Campus

Theatre, lecture performances, dance, music and interactive installation at the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin

Europe 14|14 OpenCampus, Foto: Esra Rotthoff für das Maxim Gorki Theater

On the anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, the German Federal Agency for Civic Education, in cooperation with the Körber Stiftung and the Robert Bosch Stiftung, has organized an educational project titled “EUROPE 14│14 – History Campus” with youngsters and young adults in Berlin. Up to 500 young people from Germany and abroad, ages 16 to 25, met in Berlin from 7 to 10 May 2014 to discuss the significance of World War I to young Europeans, to their respective national identities and to Europe as a joint project for peace. The Maxim Gorki Theater served as the venue of the History Campus. Parallel to this closed event, the Federal Cultural Foundation and the Maxim Gorki Theater have jointly developed a public artistic programme titled “Open Campus” targeted at the young participants of the History Campus as well as the greater Berlin public. The programme took a multifaceted, experimental approach to examining the political and cultural situation in 1914 and explored how significant it was today. The events took place during the first two weeks of May 2014 at the Maxim Gorki Theater. The programme was divided into six central modules featuring a spectrum of music, lecture performances, plays and interactive installations.

Artists: DJ Bootsie & Kiégő Izzók, Björn Döring, Sébastien Dupouey, Ruud Gielens, Suna Gürler, Heymoonshaker, Stefan Hostettler, DJ Ipek, Hans-Werner Kroesinger, Miloš Lolić, Dietmar Lupfer/art in move, Nils Ostendorf, Aleksandar Radenković, Michael Ronen, Stefan Schneider, Tobias Schwencke, Scorbuet, Mikaël Serre, Shantel, Gebrüder Teichmann & Moritz Eggert, VJ Transform a and others.

Commemorative year 2014

The congress “Political Romanticism”, which took place in April 2014 in Frankfurt/Main, was another event highlighting the legacy of World War I during the 2014 commemorative year.

Congress Political Romanticism (external link, opens in a new window)


Maxim Gorki Theater

Am Festungsgraben 2

10117 Berlin (external link, opens in a new window)