At last year’s festival, a concert of a different kind took place for the first time with the support of the mayor of Treptow-Köpenick, Oliver Igel.

The choirs performed in the historic halls on the site of the former Berlin electronics group AEG Transformatorenwerk Oberspree (TRO) transformer plant in Oberschöneweide, that was founded by the Jewish entrepreneur Emil Rathenau in the 19th century. These halls are now becoming a centre for culture in this up and coming district.

The Louis’ LAB in the Reinbeckhallen was born. Choirs from all over the world were singing together with Berliners and other Germans in an old industrial hall in Oberschöneweide – and “that is something very special”, says Regina Yantian, artistic director of the festival. “We fondly remember the hall, which was filled to the last seat, and the fact that at the end the audience was asked to sing the prayer ‘Sim Shalom – Give Peace’ (Ben Steinberg * 1929) together with the Synagogal Ensemble Berlin”. A wonderful concert evening turned into a special emotional experience for each and every visitor.

Nothing is closer to our hearts than to build on the stunning success of last year. The choirs participating in the festival will again appear in an informal setting, in a workshop atmosphere without a fixed repertoire, and involve the audience.

This year, there will be not only one song, but four that three choir directors will work with the audience. One of the pieces will be a prayer for peace in Israel: “Awinu ScheBaSchamaim” – Our Father in Heaven by Meir Finkelstein (*1951).

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