23 September – 19 December 2017
Ten Points, Ten Demands, One Festival
Reparatory Imaginings from Black Berlin
A festival from Black perspectives in Berlin: adopting the Ten Point Action Plan of the Caribbean Community’s (CARICOM) Reparations Commission (CRC) as a model for overcoming the impact of European colonialism. In 2014, CARICOM called for former colonial powers The Netherlands, Great Britain and France to undertake concrete measures in ten specific areas to overcome the economic, social and cultural violence that has resulted from enslavement and colonialism and continues to this day.
Republik Repair invites artists, musicians, scholars, performers and activist to come up with their political and artistic adaptations and translations of the Caribbean Community’s ten points for the German context and to make their own demands. The ten demands of the Caribbean Ten Point Action Plan:
- FULL FORMAL APOLOGY,
- INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DEVELOPMENT,
- CULTURAL INSTITUTIONS,
- PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS,
- ILLITERACY IRRADICATION,
- AFRICAN KNOWLEDGE PROGRAM,
- PSYCHOLOGICAL REHABILITATION,
- TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER,
- DEBT CANCELLATION.
The current living conditions of Black people are the result of a history of violence: the starting point being the systematic colonial disruptions Europe engaged in for its own gain. History, current situation, future society – in a confluence of art and knowledge transfer, of local and international discourses, the festival provides crucial inspiration for the German discussion around reparations.
Republik Repair provides a strategy of healing by incorporating the experiences of Black people, creating spaces for exchange and inspiration, and reinforcing sustainable processes of decolonization. Republik Repair is a festival of Black artists in Germany and Europe as well as the manifestation of an internationally increasingly potent demand: for reparations.