The world around us is full of hate, prejudice and discrimination. Every day we see people being attacked and insulted on social media and elsewhere just because they look different, think different or believe differently. We see how the Israel-Palestine conflict seems insurmountable and how anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim racism are on the rise. We see how the Holocaust is denied and relativized and how rifts between the different sides deepen. But we must not let hate and violence win. We must unite and commit to a better future.

This is precisely the goal of the "Architecture of Hope - Form Follows the Future" campaign. Led by students from the Helmut-Schmidt-Gymnasium and the Wilhelmsburg Youth Forum, we want to send a message of hope and peace in cooperation with Arab and Jewish young people.

We want to show that it is possible to create something together and that we are all part of a larger community. We want to bring a positive change with our art and show the people that there is a different way of living.

It's more important than ever that we unite and commit to a better future. We must oppose hate and violence and stand up for a world in which we treat everyone as equals. We must work for peace and justice and for a world in which we can all live together.

We cordially invite you to become part of this project and not to let this opportunity pass you by. Be there when we present our message of hope and peace in an aesthetic trialogue of art and stand up together for a better future.


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There is no better corner in World then our Space of Hope. With Architecture of Hope we create spaces of encounter in different ways through theater, film and art. We achieve access to each other on a different level. Always with the aim of facilitating dialog.


We capture stories of encounters. By documenting the artistic development of social projects. And capturing through images how interpersonal connections are created - we firmly believe that films offer a powerful platform for this. To promote social dialogue, touch and progress.


We are on stage to open up new perspectives. To tell unseen stories and process experiences.


We create spaces for encounters and social discourse. To break down prejudices and create more tolerance for a diverse society.


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โ€žWhere does the hate come from?โ€œ

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Relativization of the Shoah, conspiracy narratives, anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia. Where does the hatred that underlies such democracy-weakening phenomena come from? How can we confront them? To explore these questions further, @wherehate, the bilateral art and theater project brought together students and young people from Hamburg Wilhelmsburg with Jewish and Arab Israelis of the same age from Sderot and Rahat in southern Israel. In joint workshops in Germany and Israel, under the guidance of professional artists and educators, the young people explored identity, belonging, racism, anti-Semitism, memory culture, in the historical and social contexts of both countries. Together, they created theater performances that were performed several times in public in Hamburg and Jaffa. An exhibition in Tel Aviv, a flash mob in Jerusalem and performances in both countries followed. ๐ŸŽญ

The highest Award by the & Stiftung Deutsch-Israelisches Zukunftsforum (DIZF) | ืคื•ืจื•ื ื”ืขืชื™ื“ ื’ืจืžื ื™ื”-ื™ืฉืจืืœ in German-Israeli relationship goes to our team:

Helmut Schmidt Gymnasium Shaar HaNegev (High-school) Almehbash-ุงู„ู…ู‡ุจุงุด Theatre Jaffa Theatre ืชื™ืื˜ืจื•ืŸ ื™ืคื• ู…ุณุฑุญ ูŠุงูุง We thank all our supporters for making this project after the pandemic in 2022 possible! ZEIT STIFTUNG BUCERIUS ConAct โ€“

Koordinierungszentrum Deutsch-Israelischer Jugendaustausch

ABC Bildungs - und Tagungszentrum

Behรถrde fรผr Kultur und Medien

Behรถrde fรผr Schule und Berufsbildung

Monsun Theater Goethe-Institut Deutschland Goethe Institut Israel Institut fรผr Konstruktive Konfliktaustragung und Mediation Barlach Halle K Abraham Tel Aviv.

BERTINI Prize 2023 - Helmut Schmidt High School

33 pupils from the Helmut-Schmidt-Gymnasium in Wilhelmsburg joined forces with Jewish and Arab young people to combat anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim racism in various projects as part of their "Architecture of Hope" campaign. After the Hamas attack on Israel, their commitment was shaken, but not stopped.

They addressed the history of the Holocaust and campaigned against anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim racism. They wanted to build bridges in Hamburg, Israel and Spain. 33 pupils from the Helmut-Schmidt-Gymnasium joined forces with 16 Jewish and 16 Arab young people from Israel in their "Architecture of Hope" campaign to jointly develop a path of hope for peaceful coexistence.

"With our campaign, we have created a space for encounters that we continue to keep open, even in times of darkness and speechlessness"

Nastaran Amiry (17)



Is it possible for culture to overcome hatred? Twist" meets the artist Aida Sehovic and Jasminko Halilovic, director of the War Childhood Museum, in Sarajevo. "Twist" presents the new book "Hass" by author Seyda Kurt and shows how choreographer Jeny BSG from Brussels dances away prejudice. And the programme accompanies theatre maker Hedi Bouden to Auschwitz with young people.

It is one of the strongest feelings we know: hatred. Can culture help us overcome it? "TWIST" visits Sarajevo - a city where the wounds of the Bosnian war are still present. The War Childhood Museum in Sarajevo is the first museum in the world dedicated exclusively to children's experiences of war. Can a museum help to overcome trauma? The idea for the museum came from Jasminko Halilovic, who was a war child himself. The artist Aida Sehovic was 15 when the war broke out in Bosnia. With an installation of thousands of mocha cups, she commemorates the victims of the genocide in Srebrenica, where more than 8,000 Muslim boys and men were murdered by Serbian war criminals in July 1995. The dancer Jeny BSG from Brussels' problem neighbourhood Molenbeek has Congolese roots. She dances away prejudice and doesn't give hate a chance. 1.8 million people follow her on Instagram. "TWIST" talks to author Seyda Kurt about whether hate has such a bad reputation for no good reason. In her new book "Hate", she explores the power of a resistant emotion. For her, hate is not necessarily bad, but can be a means of empowerment for oppressed people. Educating children and young people to become tolerant adults so that hate no longer has a chance in the future: Teacher Hedi Bouden travels with young people from Hamburg-Wilhelmsburg to Israel, Palestine and now Auschwitz and works with them to create theatre plays on the question of where hatred comes from and how it can be combated.

Culture magazine (D 2023, 30 min)

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