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Sunday Outing 5: Querstadtein – refugees show their Dresden
19th May 2019 | 11:00 - 13:00
The city tours of querstadtein show a cosmopolitan, diverse Dresden. Tour guides who have experienced forced migration, present locations that are important to them in their new hometown and explain how „arriving” felt to them.
What is the experience of people arriving in Germany as asylum seekers? Why does someone risk his life on the run when there is no war in his homeland? And what do people with experience of forced migration see when they walk through Dresden? All these questions can be asked by tour participants to the city tour guide.
Tour 1 (in German) “I see something you don’t see.”
(Duration: 1,5 h)
“Neuse” – this is what locals affectionately call the Neustadt with its trendy cafés and many initiatives that are committed to a cosmopolitan Dresden. Our city guide Danial feels at home here: He plays in the anti-racist Kangoroo Band, gives workshops in the Monday Café and is involved in a film project on flight and human rights. But before he became a part of the pulsating scene, he had to go a long way: His escape from the Syrian civil war lasted three months, the odyssey through the German bureaucracy almost one and a half years.
On his tour, Danial talks about religious diversity in his hometown of Saidnaya, about the hurdles of arriving in Germany and about places that have meanwhile made Dresden his home.
Tour 2 (in English) “The Freedom of Dissenters”
“The walls have ears” – this sentence was all too familiar to many GDR citizens*. For Loubna Azzawi, it is above all connected with the surveillance and suppression of political opponents in Syria since the 1980s. She herself has lived in Dresden since 2015 and is committed to successful coexistence in a diverse, democratic society.
Loubna’s tour through Neustadt leads to places of political action and remembrance in Germany, where she also tells of her own political identity in her old and new homeland. She shows alternative clubs that build bridges between old-established and new Dresden women*, clears up prejudices about “the” Arab woman, and explains what bicycles have to do with emancipation.