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MaerzMusik contemplates issues of time

The fifth edition dedicates ten days to questions of history and historiography

Berlin festival MaerzMusik takes place from 22–31 March. Describing itself as a “festival for time issues”, this year’s event promises ten days of art that examines history through a politically focused lens.

The line-up features a selection of music, performances, readings, film screenings, installations and exhibitions at various locations across the city. The programme includes Frederic Rzewski reviving the music of Horațiu Rădulescu; a new multimedia work by Jennifer Walshe and Timothy Morton; a world premiere of Elaine Mitchener’s the then + the now = nowtime, an evening dedicated to Terry Adkins by George E Lewis, Fred Moten and Ensemble Pamplemousse; Olga Neuwirth’s Masaot/Clocks without Hands; an evening focusing on the book and film Die Stadt Ohne Juden (The City Without Jews), and The Long Now, a 30 hour session at Kraftwerk Berlin featuring Frederic Rzewski , Donato Dozzy, Duane Pitre, First Tone, Byron Westbrook, Catherine Lamb, Mazen Kerbaj, Eli Keszler, Shiva Fesheraki and others.

Also at the festival will be a series of lectures and workshops under the umbrella title of Thinking Together, as well as two exhibition projects: Tele-Visions: A Critical Media History Of New Music On TV, 1950s–1990s, and A Utopian Stage: Festival Of Arts, Shiraz-Persepolis (1967–1977).

Full details can be found on the website.