Thematic activity

The official opening ceremony will initiate the thematic work of the festival. The participants and numerous guests will gather for the first time and will be introduced to the festival's motto. There will also be a public presentation of the results of the festival at the end of the week in the city center of Greifswald. In different manners like e.g. posters, performances or lectures the outcome of the festival is going to be presented. Therefore you all and Greifswald's interested public gets the opportunity to see the workshop's results and to connect with each other.

Since its inception, the condition of the EU has constantly been under discussion. 32 years after the dissolution of the interior borders into the Schengen zone, the topic is as controversial as ever. What have we accomplished in this great European endeavor? And at what price?

The participants of this workshop will engage in discussion about the achievements and the failures of the EU, bringing their personal perspectives and experiences in their own countries to the forefront. They will try to answer the question of whether the idea of a European Union works and if so, in which format it should continue.

Right from the beginning of our lives, we learn a moral code. Our parents, friends and the society we live in shape us and our individual understanding of ethics and moral behaviour. But how are our basic ethical principles defined? How do we judge things as good or bad and why? In this workshop we want to look for transnational parallels in our individual views of ethics and discuss the differences. Together we hope to improve our implementation of the moral code we believe in.

Language is the most important tool for successful communication, especially in this time of globalisation. Not speaking the same language creates borders between us. Or does it? Conversations are certainly more creative when we try to communicate with each other despite differences in our mother tongues. In this workshop we will learn that language is defined by much more than just words and we will compare our various methods of nonverbal communication. Our goal is to increase sensitivity in the intercultural situations of the global world we live in.

Music connects, enlivens and affects us. Music is a language which is understood world wide. It can be the tool for crossing borders and plays a huge role in the field of integration. In this workshop, we hope to learn the melodies and rhythms of our world from one another. The participants of this workshop will make music together, form a festival band and contribute to the Fête de la Musique“ which is also taking place during GrIStuF.

the more foreign you feel by yourself and the more foreign you perceive others, the harder it is to get in contact with each other. In the hands-on, creative workshop „Theater“, we explore personal limits during stage play and address a topic of the group‘s choice on stage. Only when we dare to leave our comfort zone can we begin to learn. Let‘s be daring.

Religion is a sensitive topic. Some people believe strongly, while others have lost interest in religion entirely. This difference can lead to misunderstanding and create walls were there should be dialogue. Religion can be a source of strength, hope and compassion. At the same time religion(s) can be a source of conflict. Participants from many different countries will come with various religious beliefs to Greifswald. Let‘s use this as a source of discussion!

We all wear clothes. Our reasons vary from protection from the weather, to following our cultural and religious traditions, to expressing our individuality. In this workshop on clothing, we want to discuss fashion and consumption. By trading, altering, sewing and printing our own clothes we will then live the alternatives. We hope for a traditional diversity from the kimono to the kilt.

In the practical workshop „photography“ we will familiarize ourselves with our cameras and with the faces from all over the world in front of the lense. We will get close and ask questions about our individual limits while we try to figure out how the camera might change our expressions. Can Photography overcome borders? At the end of the festival we want to create an interactive exhibition showing the diversity of GrIStuF.

"2018. Climate change. Migration... Only in 2016 more than 5000 people died in the Mediterranean, because of borders. This needs to be stopped! Even though the world community is facing many problems that cannot be solved by nation states alone, nationalism is on the rise. With globalization many concepts that are essential for nation states do not work anymore. If great numbers of humans are on the move, who will be a citizen, who will be allowed to vote and to be protected by the state? Is a better world possible? In this workshop we will develop a utopia of a world without borders, without nations, where humans can decide on their own where to live and in which communities to live. And we will test how this can become reality. Make it happen! Be the change!"

The internet eliminates national borders and seems to be infinitely open to us. At the same time, by creating accounts and looking for content which interests us, we create a bubble for ourselves in which we feel confident and which makes us believe in our own chosen reality. The internet provides a chance for worldwide attention. This is good when it comes to injustice or the lack of equal human rights, but problematic when it comes to fake news, cyber mobbing and narcissism. The participants in this workshop will spend time discussing the borders we all have to deal with while using the internet.

Worldwide we differentiate between male and female. Yet, the biological sex is only a part of this distinction. The socially expected attributes of females and males differ widely and the borders between the genders have become more and more fluent over time. What‘s behind the gender discussion? What are our personal limits of acceptance when it comes to different genders? The participants report about their home countries and the gender roles they grew up with.

Industrialization, technical improvements and digitalization have made our world shrink. It is amazing that we are now able to work together internationally on so many levels. At the same time, growing protectionism, visible in the face of rising nationalism, is threatening what we have achieved so far. Where is the world going?

Deep sea mining, fishery, plastic pollution, nutrient load, marine acidification: Where are the ecological limits of our oceans? What will happen if these limits will be exceeded? What are tipping and turning points? How does environmental policy and ocean conservation work in international contexts? How can we influence these politics? Following the concept of Planetary Boundaries, we have already exceeded four of seven dimensions: climate change, loss of biodiversity, nitrogen and phosphor cycle and land use. It is time to act now! Let's start together!

We are the most liberal generation the world has ever seen. But what does that mean? What is unguilty pleasure or fetish and where may it go too far? Where does the law limit sexuality? What does society frown upon and what does it accept? What is considered normal and what is not? We are going to explore all of this and much more. Be prepared! We can't wait to see you!