Tuesday, 08 October 2019

How can you talk about the most incredible, the most surprising and the most insane thing that can ever happen to you – your own life? Countless writers have attempted in autobiographies and autobiographical novels to capture the quirks of childhood, the drama of the teenage years and the infamous mid-life crisis. Tonight, Eva Mattes and Peter Kurth will suffer along with Heine in school lessons, g…

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  • Tue. 08 October 2019
  • 19:30
  • Essen: Philharmonie Essen
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Wednesday, 09 October 2019

“The future is female” can be found on t-shirts worn by people of all genders, on stickers and on streetlamps. Does this mean that patriarchy is soon on its way out? Does it mean structural sexism is a thing of the past and equality and equal opportunity are on the horizon? These and other questions will be asked during our “Transformations” series by feminist and PhD linguist Reyhan Şahin a.k.a. Lady Bit…

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  • Wed. 09 October 2019
  • 19:30
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 6
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As much as we are divided, one thing continues to unite humans around the world: We have become a giant club of the insulted. In traffic, at the supermarket checkout, with relatives, in politics at all levels: At every turn, we experience affronts that make us shake our heads. There is always someone trying to slight us. This evening we will get some literary practice in seeing insults as…

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  • Wed. 09 October 2019
  • 19:30
  • Lichtburg Essen
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Christoph Amend, editor in chief of ZEITmagazin, wants to know: What state is Germany in today and how solid is the democratic order? For his book, How Are You Feeling, Germany?, Amend visits places where the country is grappling with difficult issues and meets people who help him explore the sense of division so palpable across the country. He talks to women and men from all generations to take…

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  • Wed. 09 October 2019
  • 19:30
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 2
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Boris Palmer is Germany’s best-known municipal politician. For 12 years, this Green party member has been mayor of Tübingen and is very familiar with the concerns of local citizens. Opinionated, energizing and pugnacious, he dives into the country’s political discourse, calls for a revamp of immigration policy and offers strategies to combat climate change, most recently in his much-discussed work…

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  • Wed. 09 October 2019
  • 20:00
  • Messe Essen: Congress Center West
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During the Roaring Twenties she was the Queen of New York. Her sharp tongue and biting humor were legendary. She quarreled with Ernest Hemingway, slept with F. Scott Fitzgerald and got drunk with Truman Capote. Dorothy Parker wrote for Vogue, Vanity Fair and the New Yorker and was a member of the cultural crème-de-la-crème. She became a successful screenwriter in Hollywood, but her career was cut s…

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  • Wed. 09 October 2019
  • 20:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Salzlager
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Thursday, 10 October 2019

As a child, Emilia Smechowski (born in 1983) moved to Germany from Poland in 1988. Thirty years later, now a respected reporter, she returned to her homeland – or as she describes it – “the land of summer holidays and Christmases”. She lived with her family there, writing and exploring what concerns Poles today. She wanted to find out: What has happened since 1989 that caused so many people to lose th…

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  • Thu. 10 October 2019
  • 19:30
  • Duisburg: Grammatikoff
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Great speeches can change the course of history, unite people and stay in our memories forever. Especially in times of hate mail and shit storms, the right words can be vitally important. The collection Speeches of Note, published by best-selling British author Shaun Usher, gathers together the most impressive examples in world history. Jele Brückner, Thomas Hermanns, Gina Haller, Mark Waschke …

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  • Thu. 10 October 2019
  • 19:30
  • Schauspielhaus Bochum
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Der 20. Juli 1944 ging als Tag des Widerstandes in die Geschichtsbücher ein: Der Tyrannenmord missglückte nur knapp, als Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg vor 75 Jahren den Sprengsatz gegen Hitler zündete. In seinem Essay Widerstehen. Was wir vom Hitler-Attentat am 20. Juli 1944 lernen können perspektiviert Tobias Korenke dieses historisch bedeutsame Ereignis neu und untersucht insbesondere die…

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  • Thu. 10 October 2019
  • 19:30
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 2
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The adventure begins in the spring of 2014. Unexpectedly, Martin Sonneborn, former editor in chief of the satire magazine Titanic, is elected to the EU Parliament – as the sole representative of his party (“Die Partei” or “The Party”). And now that he’s there anyway, he decides to find out: How does Europe work? At first, it’s like a class trip for grown-ups, with Europeans speaking 24 different native langua…

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  • Thu. 10 October 2019
  • 19:30
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Salzlager
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lit.RUHR presents a new format! In the series New from the region, we want to present the fall new releases written by authors from the Ruhr region who have captured our attention and awakened our desire to read. An evening celebrating the literary strengths of the Ruhr region! Hendrik Otremba, a native of Recklinghausen and the front man of the band Messer, will kick things off. His second…

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  • Thu. 10 October 2019
  • 20:00
  • Literaturhaus Oberhausen
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englisch | deutsch

The knives are being sharpened again in Périgord and Martin Walker has created another set of challenges for Bruno, Chief of Police, to solve in his 13th case. He is recruited to teach the secret recipes of the region to holiday guests at Pamela’s cooking school. The fresh ingredients are ready and just when the class is about to start, one of the participants disappears. The young, attractive wi…

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  • Thu. 10 October 2019
  • 20:00
  • Kaue Gelsenkirchen
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Is 65 the new 45? Or maybe not? The tiresome struggle with those extra pounds, 40 days without any alcohol, the physical wear and tear (the knees, the back), the house burning down, and after 40 years of marriage, discovering that living together is suddenly not that easy anymore. The great entertainer Thomas Gottschalk takes a humorous approach to aging. “This is my last great challenge. And I w…

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  • Thu. 10 October 2019
  • 20:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 5
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Achtung: Vorverlegt auf 18:30 Uhr !

Gerade wurde Jürgen Klopp als erst dritter Deutscher zum Weltfußballtrainer des Jahres ausgezeichnet. Für die lit.RUHR kehrt der Trainer des FC Liverpool an seine ehemalige Wirkungsstätte, den Signal Iduna Park in Dortmund zurück, um mit seinem Freund, dem BVB-Geschäftsführer Hans-Joachim „Aki“ Watzke die Premiere des Fußball-Buches Echte Liebe. Ein Leben mit dem BVB (C. Bertelsmann) zu feiern, das Watzke …

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  • Thu. 10 October 2019
  • 18:30
  • Borussia Park, Signal Iduna Park
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Friday, 11 October 2019

in deutscher Sprache

For his powerful novel “Homeland”, Fernando Aramburu was hailed by both the public and the press. Now his masterpiece Años Lentos [“Slow Years”] is appearing in German translation. An eight-year-old boy is sent to live with relatives because his parents cannot feed him anymore. In San Sebastián, he lands in a typical 1960s Basque family: His aunt makes all the rules, her husband doesn’t say a word. The b…

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  • Fri. 11 October 2019
  • 18:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 2
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When the smokestacks disappeared: The crisis-driven process of structural transformation called de-industrialization dramatically changed Western European societies in the final three decades of the 20th century. The turbulence of this shift reverberates to this day. In his foundational book, Beyond Coal and Steel - A Social History of Western Europe After the Boom, the renowned historian and…

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  • Fri. 11 October 2019
  • 18:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Salzlager
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englisch | deutsch

On February 28, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI made a sensational announcement that nobody had been expecting: He resigned. His successor was an Argentine preacher to the poor, Jorge Bergoglio. Today they both live at the Vatican, nearly next-door neighbors, and like to converse and take long walks together: Benedict XVI and Francis. The two are similar and yet so different: Both felt they were not…

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  • Fri. 11 October 2019
  • 19:30
  • Katakomben-Theater Essen
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His adventure novels “White Fang” and “The Sea-Wolf” made him a legend. The settings of his books ranged from the Klondike to the South Pacific. But his path to becoming a celebrated author was arduous. As a child, Jack London had to work in a factory in order to help feed his family. As a young man, he became an illegal oyster pirate in the Bay Area. Eventually, Jack London became the world’s most succ…

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  • Fri. 11 October 2019
  • 19:30
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 5
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“What’s left in life?” Judith is almost 50 and can’t think of a satisfying answer to that question. Her children have grown up and her husband is getting old. Not to mention her love life and aging body tissue. Then her mother dies and Judith returns for the first time in 20 years to the place of her birth. Here she left behind a well-kept secret, an empty grave and a collection of hopes and dreams.…

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  • Fri. 11 October 2019
  • 20:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 12
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Lucas Vogelsang has won several awards for his work, including the Henri Nannen Prize and the German Reporter Prize. In 2017, his widely praised book “Heimaterde” was published. For a year now, after accepting the invitation from the foundation Brost-Stiftung, the Berliner has been living in Mülheim a.d. Ruhr and discovering the region. Together with Witten-based photographer Philipp Wente, he has …

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  • Fri. 11 October 2019
  • 20:30
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 6
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It is the best-known feud in German literary history, a thriller as entertaining as it is exciting: The Duel is the story of the great literary critic Marcel Reich-Ranicki and the just as great post-war author Günter Grass. One was a member of the Waffen-SS, the other a survivor of the Warsaw ghetto. But the two were united by their great love of German literature and their absolute determination …

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  • Fri. 11 October 2019
  • 21:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 2
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Hamburg-born Stefan Stoppok is a fixture in the Ruhr region. He grew up in Essen and has been playing music for more than 40 years. At the moment, he’s preparing his 18th studio album and has played before enormous crowds at his countless performances across Germany. He is always strongly opinionated, stubborn and a lyrical storyteller. He has always remained true to himself and followed his own p…

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  • Fri. 11 October 2019
  • 21:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Salzlager
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Saturday, 12 October 2019

Ten years after her stroke, the “Queen of Comedy” and best-selling author (“Ein Schnupfen hätte auch gereicht”) Gaby Köster has written her way back into her second life, with plenty of humor along the way. In her new and highly personal book, Das Leben ist großartig – von einfach war nie die Rede [“Life is Great – But Nobody Ever Said Anything About Simple”], she explores the irrepressible power of language and he…

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  • Sat. 12 October 2019
  • 18:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 5
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We all know her, the woman who gave us Pippi Longstocking, Emil of Lönneberga, Karlsson-on-the-Roof, Ronia the Robber’s Daughter and many more. The stories that make us laugh and cry in over a hundred languages, forming a bridge between children and those who used to be children. She is Astrid Anna Emilia Lindgren, the world’s most famous children’s book author. Annette Frier and Alexandra Helmig will r…

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  • Sat. 12 October 2019
  • 18:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 12
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She is a successful screenwriter (“Rabbit Without Ears”) and director (“Traumfrauen”). Now, Anika Decker makes her debut as a novelist. Wir von der anderen Seite [“We, the Ones from the Other Side”] is a story about illness and recovery, family and friendship, love and self-confidence. And it is a great book, which has garnered euphoric praise: “Anika Decker has the right perspective! Harshly comical, affe…

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  • Sat. 12 October 2019
  • 18:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Salzlager
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You are not alone, Sascha Lobo assures you. In the past few years, most people have experienced the shock of reality. Our view of the world has been shaken again and again: Who would’ve thought that Trump would win the election and the UK would vote for Brexit? That hundreds of thousands of people would flee to Europe and tens of thousands would die doing so? That so many democracies would tilt t…

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  • Sat. 12 October 2019
  • 19:30
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 2
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Are we able to determine our fate? Or do background and character have an irrevocable effect on us? Brothers tells the story of two German men, born in the same year to the same father, a man they never met and who gave them nothing except their dark skin, which separates from everyone else in East Germany at the time. The issues the two men face are the same. But their lives couldn’t be more d…

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  • Sat. 12 October 2019
  • 19:30
  • Katakomben-Theater Essen
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Life goes on, but it doesn’t necessarily get any easier. At least not for Commissioner Kühn, who is carrying around excess baggage – in his soul and around his waistline. So he tortures himself with diets, so that his wife will find him more attractive. The result: Kühn is hungry. And if that were not enough, in Kühn hat Hunger [“Kühn Is Hungry”], the Munich-based police inspector also has to defend hims…

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  • Sat. 12 October 2019
  • 21:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 12
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Thirty years after the Berlin Wall came down, reporter Lucas Vogelsang and actor Joachim Król embark on a road trip through the formerly divided country, visiting people who suddenly began new lives in November 1989. In the East and the West. They hear stories of being wary of strangers and getting to know one another. Their journey, chronicled in What Are They Doing Here? Experiences of A Former …

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  • Sat. 12 October 2019
  • 21:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Salzlager
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“I like to have a Martini, two at the very most. After three, I’m under the table, after four I’m under my host”, wrote the great Dorothy Parker. But she is certainly not the only woman who has her female protagonists tipple now and then. For years, men boozed their way through literature, now the ladies get their turn. The evening will start off sober, with gender analysis and social criticism. Women a…

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  • Sat. 12 October 2019
  • 21:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 5
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Sunday, 13 October 2019

all-age

She attends demonstrations alongside Greta Thunberg. She engages in discussions with Emmanuel Macron, Barack Obama and farmers in Germany whose fields have withered in the summer heatwave. Luisa Neubauer speaks at a shareholder meeting of utility company RWE. She debates with Peter Altmaier in Der Spiegel and with Olaf Scholz on the Anne Will talk show. She vehemently and very convincingly…

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  • Sun. 13 October 2019
  • 12:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Salzlager
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    • Gebärdendolmetschung
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polnisch | deutsch

One of Poland’s greatest female authors is our guest. Olga Tokarczuk has written what is likely her most important novel: The Books of Jacob. For some, he was a wise man and a messiah, for others he was a charlatan and heretic. Jacob Frank, leader of his own mystical movement of Frankists, was determined to finally open his people, the Jews of Eastern Europe, to the modern world. Jacob gathered t…

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  • Sun. 13 October 2019
  • 17:00
  • Essen: Alte Synagoge
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Since Ewald Lienen’s days as a legendary left-winger for Borussia Mönchengladbach, he has prompted extreme feelings among fans and experts. As a player, trainer and soccer functionary, he remains to this day a maverick and passionate rebel both on and off the pitch. As a player, he once skipped training to go to a protest march. His political views cost him the World Cup in 1978. And as a tr…

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  • Sun. 13 October 2019
  • 17:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Foyer Halle 12
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For Doris Dörrie, to write is to consciously perceive one’s own life, to really see what lies before our eyes. And to rediscover what we have lost or forgotten. Writing is comfort, self-assurance, accusation and a celebration of life. In her unique book, Living, Writing, Breathing, she ponders autobiographical writing and gives tips and creative guidance. And she takes her own advice, telling st…

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  • Sun. 13 October 2019
  • 17:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Salzlager
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englisch | deutsch

His novel “Fatherland” became a contemporary classic, his Cicero novels brought Ancient Rome to life, and in “The Fear Index”, he wrote about unfettered algorithms and unbridled financial markets. And now the grandmaster of the historical political thriller is back. In The Second Sleep, Robert Harris takes us back to Europe in the Middle Ages. In 1468, the young priest Christopher Fairfax arrives in a re…

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  • Sun. 13 October 2019
  • 17:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 5
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englisch | deutsch

This man is a phenomenon. After a successful career as a strategy consultant, John Strelecky found himself wondering “if there wasn’t supposed to be more to life than spending 10 to 12 hours per day in a cubicle”. With his parable about the meaning of life in “The Why Café”, he became a favorite of readers worldwide. His books have sold millions of copies and have been at the top of the Der Spiegel be…

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  • Sun. 13 October 2019
  • 19:30
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 12
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They pull teeth, apply bandages, jab needles and perform open-heart surgery. But they also desperately yearn for nurses, invent bloodletting and believe fervently in the merits of cod liver oil. These medical men and women appear as diverse characters throughout world literature, as our team of specialists will demonstrate: Christiane Paul (a trained doctor) and Dietmar Bär (successfully treated …

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  • Sun. 13 October 2019
  • 20:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 5
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A young man comes to the eternal city to shake off the present. In Rome, he remembers. In Rome, he falls in love. In Rome, he mourns. He meets exceptional people and find his calling: observe everything, leave nothing out. Römische Tage [“Roman Days”] leads to the many beginnings and endings of our world and asks what we will make of them tomorrow. Luminous palaces, exuberant parties and ephe…

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  • Sun. 13 October 2019
  • 20:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Halle 2
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Deniz Yücel would “never” be extradited to Germany, Turkey’s President Erdoğan declared in spring 2017. At the time, Yücel, a German-Turkish journalist had already spent two months in the high-security Silivri Prison near Istanbul. Ten months later, he was offered a release from prison – and he declined. Turkey’s Constitutional Court has now ruled that his detention was unlawful and Yücel is once again a free …

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  • Sun. 13 October 2019
  • 20:00
  • Essen: UNESCO-Welterbe Zollverein, Salzlager
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