"All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights..." - These are the opening words of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted 75 years ago, on 10 December 1948, after two inhuman world wars. These principles are enshrined in numerous constitutions, including the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany. But to what extent do they still correspond to reality?
We will be inspired by the Voices of Democracy installation in the light, sound and colour space that will unfold above our heads in the Kuppelhalle. The installation was created by Berlin video artist Edda Dietrich, who has been working on democracy issues for decades.
It invites visitors to recognise and question their own views and thought patterns. In dialogue with others, the aim is to develop joint, contemporary ideas and future-oriented democracy projects.
Because today, 75 years after the adoption of the UN Charter of Human Rights, inalienable rights are coming under pressure worldwide: wars, climate change and an unprecedented rollback of basic democratic principles are undermining the global community's promise of equality and freedom for millions of people - resulting in more and more of them being forced to flee their homes. In the Lightroom for Democracy and Human Rights, we will try to understand together what human rights mean to us, how they affect our lives and how we can defend them.
We want to encourage each other and show each other how bright and colourful a world could be in which we stand up for basic democratic values and bring universal human rights to life. The event will be followed by a networking session with representatives of local civil society who are committed to these issues.
Saturday, December 9