The Barenboim-Said Akademie will once again be among the cultural hotspots in Berlin opening their doors as part of the Long Night of Ideas, an initiative of the Federal Foreign Office. On this occasion, visitors on June 6, 2019, between 6 and 9 pm, can attend and experience a panel discussion and a subsequent musical program in the concert hall of the Akademie, the Pierre Boulez Saal, free of charge.
The events of this year’s Long Night of Ideas are pooled under the title “Idea and ideal – Europe” and are concerned with current social developments in Europe. In the Barenboim-Said Akademie, Tagesspiegel publisher Stephan-Andreas Casdorff leads a panel with Claudia Roth (Member and Vice President of the German Bundestag), Sophie Pornschlegel (Das Progressive Zentrum), Ingo Schulze (Author) and Albert Ostermaier (Author) in a discussion on the question of “What kind of culture does Europe still retain?”. An opening statement is made by Dr. Andreas Görgen, Head of Directorate-General for Culture and Communication in the Federal Foreign Office.
In the second part of the program, a quintet of young musicians, closely associated with the Akademie as students or members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, will perform chamber music pieces. The artists are: Yamen Saadi (violin), Katrin Spiegel (viola), Astrig Siranossian (violoncello), Anton Kammermeier (double bass) und Itai Navon (piano).