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It is a pleasure to interview active and interesting people and hear their perspectives. Nothing could be more inspiring than learning about the good work of people in the community and their personal stories.
My thanks go out to all my guests who took the time to come to the studio and the listeners who join us each week.

Here is an (incomplete) list of guests who have appeared on the show:

This week:

Refugium

Veronika Schnieder and Ibrahim Abdullatif introduce an intercultural art project for youth, organized by the Kunsthalle Göppingen. Language and communication in various forms are explored starting off with a photography, and more recently written personal texts. We are lucky to experience the premier of Ibrahim reading some of writings stemming from this artistic project.

Refugium-Kunst

Past guests:

History of Jazz

Silvan Ögretmen, guest moderator, introduces us to the world of jazz and its history. From New Orleans to fusion, Silvan guides us through the the cultural aspects of the music including African and European influences. Varied musical instruments and rhythms are all a part of this show. Enjoy!

MC Manar

MC Manar, young upcoming rap artist, introduces his premier album "live without pain." Manar recalls his remarkable journey to music and the inspiration behind his songs. Of Palestinian-Syrian decent, was first discovered in Italy by film director and journalist Gabriele Del Grande who later produced "An der Seite der Braut". This debut album consists of many collaborations with other local artists, including songs from the Peace for Syria project. MC Manar was also awarded the publics choice in the "Bunt statt Braun" competition in Waiblingen. 

More Info: MC Manar

Italienische Elternverein bring in the New Year

Lucia D'Amaro and Carlos Simonte chair and treasurer from the Italienischer Elternverein Göppingen discuss the club's history, Gastarbeiter and Interculture as well as celebrations including the New Year's Ball (Silvester Ball) and Carnevale. Contribution to education and culture expanding over 20 years has lead to some recognition including the Bundesverdienstkreuz awarded to Lucia in 2012 and the Bürgermedale in 2013. More recently the club received the Kulturpreis in 2017. We also discuss further activities and plans for the upcoming year.

Winter Special

For the holiday season I get sentimental while drinking a hot cup of English Breakfast tea. My favourite winter music featuring many Canadian women artists with winter themes such as snow, icicles and warm fires. Special thanks go out to family and friends as well as our intercultural guests who join us each week. Most of all, thanks to our our listeners for joining us each week. We continue our interfaith and intercultural programming in the future. See you in 2018! 

DIDF Jugend

Roya Volkan, DIDF Jugend, tells us about this Turkish-Kurdish youth club in Geislingen and Göppingen. The organization deals with topics such a migration and integration, education, work, racism and peace. DIDF Jugend offers extra curricular activities such as instruction in the traditional string instrument sas, theatre, dance and soccer. Our guest moderator Zeren Salman guides us through the program in German and presents Turkish and Kurdish pop and dance songs. 

More Info: DIDF Jugend
DIDF Jugend Eislingen

Alivetische Gemeinde

Hacer Basoglu, winner of the Bürgermedal and other Alevitische Gemeinde members give insight into the Muharrem fasting celebrations, which differ from other Muslim communities. Although a large group in Germany, many know little about their belief system. World open, this highly active community which has taken part in many intercultural activities over the years including the Intercultural Frauenrat, Intercultural Festivals as well as taking part in the council for migrants for the city of Göppingen (Integrationsausschuss). We are lucky enough to be accompanied by Saz players and religious clerics who introduce us to Alevitik spiritual world and traditional music.

More Info: Alivetische Gemeinde

Two for one

Rolf Graser, founder of Forum der Kulturen in Stuttgart, is the honoured guest at the opening of the 22nd Intercultural Weeks in Göppingen. We hear excerpts of his inspiring speech covering migrants in society, representation and participation. Ralf Czerwonka interviews Étienne Gillig, a cabaret artist and French-German performer who uses humour and song in his performance "Die Französisch Stunde" - The French Hour. 

More Info: IKW Program 
Forum der Kulturen Stuttgart

Interkulturelle Wochen 2017

Dragica Horvat, Integrationsbeauftragte city of Göppingen, drops by the studio for her yearly visit for the Intercultural Weeks celebrations. Now in its 22nd year, the motto for 2017 is "Vielfalt Verbindet" - diversity connects. There is so much to talk about. From book readings to art installations, film and music, there is plenty of room for reflection, contemplation but also a chance to meet and celebrate diversity between individuals and their communities. The official opening begins Wednesday 27 September in the Göppingen city hall with events throughout the city ending with live music from Pippo Pollina Trio “Il sole che verrà” on 14 October. 

More Info: IKW Program

Tunisian youth volunteer

Alaeddine Kandil, youth social worker, from Tunisia joins us to tell of his experiences during his social year in Germany. Working to help children and youth, Alaeddine wants to continue gaining intercultural experience and developing projects for youth and children including refugees.

More Info: AWO Würtenberg

Cycle Cause for Doctors without Borders

Ian Maurath, discusses his adventurous bicycle trip planned with travel partner and girlfriend Lena Friedrich. Their route involves stop overs in Usbekistan, Kirgisistan and Tadschikistan, the silk road as well as China and Afghanistan borders. Combining camping with overnight stays with locals, all while carrying equipment on their backs, they plan a total of approximately 3000 kilometres and reaching altitudes of 4655 meters. Discovering new cultures, focussing on health and resilience are some of the themes of our talk. Listeners can also follow their route and contribute to doctors without borders by following the links below. Wishing Ian and Lena a safe journey. We will keep in touch! ... and thanks for the hot sauce. 

More Info: Cycle Cause on Facebook
Cycle Cause Blog in German
Crowd Funding

Frei-Zadi Theatre Premier

Kimia Mokari, actress and assistant producer of the theatre group Frei-Zadi, tells us about founding this project with her father producer Mehdi Mokari. Iranian roots, language learning as well as refugee theatre troupe, are all topics of our conversation. "Ich bin nicht wie du, aber wir sind gleich!" (I am not like you, but we are the same) is a theatre performance interpreting the experiences of escape, adapting in Germany as well as hope and future dreams. 

More Info: Aufbruch Dokumentary about Kimia

Heart ELT

Michelle Hunter, English language teacher and personal coach, joins us to present a learning tool for displaced children residing in refugee camps in Iraq. Through collaboration, its founder, Julie Pratten Kacmaz, brought together an international group of English teachers to author teaching activities for low resource areas. The initial publication, promoting safe learning spaces for children, gives hope and providing structure to those children fleeing war. The first book "Hope Peace Respect" a book of rap songs Jason R. Levine has been followed by "A to Z of Hope" a photocopiable book for early learners. How Michelle decided to contribute the lesson for the letter "F" and positive ripple effects, are all part of our conversation. 

More Info: Heart ELT
Heart ELT on Facebook

Meet and understand one another better

Wolfram Hosch, Kulturat Göppingen und Uwe Mayer the main organizers of this extensive "Evening of Culture" visit us in Studio 1. 2017 marks the 8th Göppingen Kulturnacht with 27 stations profiling the best of the Göppingen art world. What we can expect at these locations including installations, sounds, images and musical artistry are all part of the show. Well established cultural institutions as well as some new participants all make an interesting mix. A not to be missed night filled with something for the general public as well as those art enthusiasts. Shuttle busses provide even more extensive route that in previous years. 

More Info: Kulturnacht Göppingen 2017

Kulturnacht 2017

Wolfram Hosch, Kulturat Göppingen und Uwe Mayer the main organizers of this extensive "Evening of Culture" visit us in Studio 1. 2017 marks the 8th Göppingen Kulturnacht with 27 stations profiling the best of the Göppingen art world. What we can expect at these locations including installations, sounds, images and musical artistry are all part of the show. Well established cultural institutions as well as some new participants all make an interesting mix. A not to be missed night filled with something for the general public as well as those art enthusiasts. Shuttle busses provide even more extensive route that in previous years. 

More Info: Kulturnacht Göppingen 2017

Stuttgart Refugee Radio

Silvia Korkmaz, visits our studio and gives us update on how she got involved in the Good Morning radio refugee radio program in Stuttgart. Her background in media and her experience as a migrant were all things which lead her to join the team. Operating out of a container directly outside the refugee residencies in Killesberg keeps their program dynamic and somewhat unpredictable. The founder of the project, Karim, came to Germany as a war refugee from Lebanon. 

More Info: Good moring Deutschland
about Good morning Deutschland

Arndt Peltner reports on FGM from Somaliland

Arndt Peltner, award winning journalists and interculturalist, reports from Somaliland on the prevalent practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). Arndt meets with inspirational Edna Adan, a women's health practitioner and activist who has dedicated over 40 years in providing health care counselling services to women. Personal accounts by women traumatised from this procedure as children and lasting health ailments involving menstruation, kidney problems, marital relations, as well as childbirth complications are revealed. Activists are aware that further education and actions are necessary in shedding light on this taboo subject in order to break the cycle of this harmful and damaging practice. 

More Info: NAGAAD network
Terre des Femmes

MC Manar guest in studio

MC Manar young rap artist, recalls his remarkable journey to music and the inspiration behind his songs. Of Palestinian-Syrian decent, we touch on the emotional moment of reuniting with his family. Collaboration in the Peace for Syria project as well as his discovery and role in the film "On the Bride's side" are all topics in our conversation. Manar continues to develop his craft and plans to participate in the "Voice Kids Lebanon" talent contest. Manar also speaks of the recent imprisonment by the Turkish government of his friend Gabriele Del Grande, film maker and journalist. After 14 days in jail, we are all happy of his release. Guest reporter Fatima joins in to help guide us though the program. 


More Info: Gabriele Del Grande

BBQ Education and Vocational Training

Eva and Andreas Koglin discuss programs relating to refugees and asylum seekers. Through training mentors specialized in their fields of expertise, refugees are able to gain support in searching for internships and employment. With over thirty years of experience in training, BBQ is now helping these refugees in the integration process by matching people from countries such as Syria, Iran, Afghanistan and Iraq with job positions. Language acquisition, resume writing and skill assessment coupled with company support and feedback during the internship and job search process, are steps on the rode to a successful integration. 

More Info: BBQ Göppingen

Trio Mara

Trio Mara, consisting of Sakina Teyna, Nure Dlovani and Naze Isxan, talk about their Kurdish roots, multi-language texts as well as their composition and lyrics involving traditional Kurdish songs interpreted through European classical instruments. Feminism, peace and politics are all part of our discussion. Many of the songs featured on this program are from their album "behind the doors" giving us insights into a musical interpretation connecting us to an forgotten and sometimes forbidden ancient world. 

More Info: Trio Mara
More Info: Quiner und Kaya Events

 

International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

Intercultural women's council, and twenty one organizations, give speeches relating to women's rights around the world. We hear from local and international women living in Germany regarding the injustices and violence still perpetrated today. From Migrantinnen Verein, to the massive protests in Spain, barbaric practices of female mutilation, child marriage and domestic violence as well as the situation for refugee women, these activists make it clear: there is much improvement needed to be made in the fight for safe access and protection for women.

Kreisfrauenrat Göppingen

1 billion rising 2017

Intercultural women's council, discuss the importance of feminism today and their participation in the 1 billion rising demonstration taking place worldwide on 14 February 2017. Eva Epple explains how refugee women and international women need safe spaces to meet such as the monthly Frauen Treff. Melek Kandilli talks about how non violent protest through dance can be effective. The Göppingen delegation will attend this year's Stuttgart event.

More Info: 1 billion rising Stuttgart
Kreisfrauenrat Göppingen

Stamping and Jewish history

Peter Ritz, English and history teacher, stamping enthusiast and culturally interested, talks about his long passion for stamping and cross cultural exchange. Through collaborative participatory and intercultural art projects, he formed connections from the United States to Japan. Creating record of Jewish history though translating biographies into English he has also created connection, to those relatives of the deported. Enthusiasm for life, learning, culture and language continue into his current work with refugees. 

More Info: Stolpersteine Göppingen
mail art

English Breakfast Christmas special

TRIMUM event in Göppingen. "What does your belief sound like?" in the spirit of Christmas, we review an interreligious event hosted by Ingrid Held, Evangelische Schuldekanat, and Dragica Horvat, Integrationsauschuss, with funding from Demokratie Leben! This unique event featured Christian, Jewish and Muslim songs performed and sung together in Arabic, Turkish, German, English and Hebrew. Vedat Dağ, president of the Vereinigung Türkischer Vereine im Landkreis Göppingen cohosted the event. 

More Info: TRIMUM

André Biakowski in Uhingen

André Biakowski, author, opens up the new year with his reflections on major political and societal events that have shaped us. Germany's values and the role and responsibility faced today are all themes of his speech at this SPD opening. We accompany him in the Uhingen Uditorium as he gives us plenty of material for contemplation. Subjects include the (un)welcome culture towards refugees, role of media and the current raw tone of political discourse. Despite or perhaps because of it all, André welcomes us into 2017 with a critical yet hopeful note. 

More Info: Andre Biakowski

Germany and the Armenian Genocide

Jürgen Gottschlich, chief editor for TAZ, German journalist and Turkish correspondent, discusses his latest book entitled "Beihilfe zum Völkermord. Deutschlands Rolle bei der Vernichtung der Armenier", and the role of Germany and its recognition of the Armenian genocide. Possible impact for the Armenian Christian minority, historical events as well as possible results for Turkey and Germany in recognising this tragic historical 100 year event are all part of the program. Armenian traditional and modern music also round out the show. 

More Info: Beihilfe zum Völkermord

First time Refugee Commissioner for the city of Göppingen

Sandra Corveleyn, Flüchtlingsbeaufträgte for the city of Göppingen, tells us about her role in this new city position, refugee services. Supporting helpers, providing information, and forming networks with service providers play a large role in Sandra's activities. Sandra explains how both on-hand events as well as new media can enrich the support of valuable volunteers. Familie Paten and the importance of setting boundaries are also discussed. Save the date - Monday January 23rd is large get together for volunteers and refugees in the Stadthalle. See you there! 

More Info: Flüchtlingsbeauftragte Göppingen

Intercultural Youth Film Project 

Yiannis Fahrmeier, combines his creative interest and social work with youth in a new film production at Haus der Jugend. Youth participation and space for interaction and an open culture are all aspects of his passion for working with youth. An inspiring talk from someone who has only just begun his journey. 

More Info: Haus der Jugend Göppingen

More Colours for Gambia

Gambian action campaign & More Colours perform at Club Bambule (CVJM) Reggae, Hip Hop, Soul and Dancehall music and spread their message of positivity and love between cultures as they call out for more humanity. We visit this event sponsored by the Flüchtlingsrat Baden Württemberg to bring awareness to the Gambian situation. Responding to the claim that Gambia has been declared as a "secure country." Gambians and the refugee council refute this claim. Gambian refugees tell us of their own experiences as we visit a stand in the Göppingen city center and studio guest Sanna Drammeh tell us about human rights injustices under the authoritarian dictator President Yahya Jammeh. Even after being voted out in December 2016, he threatens to hinder his successor Adama Barrow from taking office in January 2017. 

More Info: sign the petition here
More Info: in his own words

The perfect Christmas gift 

Tony Falconieri, teacher, artist and illustrator, discusses a unique international cook book entitled "Grenzenlos Genießen" (limitless enjoyment). Great care was taken producing this cosy intercultural cook book, which after two years of production is now available in local stores. Working closely with the partner cities, Tony Falconieri and his team, collected recipies from Göppingen, Pessac, Foggia, Klosterneuburg and Sonnenberg. All recipies are presented in German, French and Italian languages. Illustrations of landscapes and traditional architectural landmarks are also presented, many of which Tony has done himself. The inspiration behind the book and the working process are discussed in our conversation. All profits go towards ALS research. An easy recommendation; a gift which gives twice. 

More Info: Grenzenlos Geniessen

Bunten Länderabend – An Eclectic Evening

"Begegnung der Kulturen" A Meeting of Cultures coordinated by Katarina Ockert, District Office for the Göppingen region, is reviewed in this program. Organized by refugees, speeches, food music and dance are all part of this celebration of diversity. Gambia, Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Pakistan, and Syria, are just a few of the countries presented to the general public. Cultural aspects as well as human rights injustices, war and persecution are themes of the program. Musical contributions, culinary delights and dance round out the evening. 

More info: Begegnung der Kulturen

Orchester der Kulturen in Göppingen

We review the sounds of "respect and peace" in this eclectic ensemble lead by Adrian Werum, composer and conductor. Okan Yavuz, the main organizer wants to bring people together "Music is humanity's common language." Ethnic instruments and exotic sounds combined with classical European compositions creates something familiar and yet new. All benefits went to Freundeskreis Asyl Göppingen, Arche Intensiv Kinder and a development project in Mali. Special thanks go out to the organizer Okan Yavuz for allowing us to air the music from this live event. Enjoy! 

More Info: Orchester der Kulturen
2400 € for a good cause

Inge Auerbacher – witness of the NS times

Inge Auerbacher, chemist and educator, joins us for a personal interview at the radiofips studios. She recalls her early childhood, in Jebenhausen and her eventual deportation from the Schiller Schule in Göppingen. Human compassion and civil courage in contemporary times are themes she brings in educating youth in the face of history. We also talk about some of her publications including "Ich bin ein Stern." As a special treat she also reads some of her poetry which can bring even the hardest of souls to tears. 

More Info: Inge Auerbacher

Intercultural Weeks in review – 2016

Marius Seitz brings us to the 21st intercultural weeks in Göppingen. Impressions of the varied events including music, official greetings as well as internationally oriented projects are all combined with the theme "one world for all of us." The intercultural weeks continue until October 15th. 

More Info: IKW 2016 brochure

Anne Frank Exhibition

Aline Kling & Jana Hruza, city of Göppingen, meet with guest reporter Marius Seitz to discuss an upcoming Anne Frank exhibition called "Ein Mädchen schreibt Geschichte" - a girl writes history. A special highlight in the series of events is that Inge Auerbacher, survivor and witness of the Nazi time, will also be present. Aimed specifically at youth and the Göppingen public, these events aim to foster understanding between cultures, religion and ethnicities, with a focus on human compassion and civil courage in contemporary times. Events run through October 7th until 27th. 

More Info: Deine Anne.
Stolperstein GP

Intercultural Weeks 2016

Dragica Horvat, Integration Affairs Göppingen, returns for her yearly visit to tell us all about this year's 21st Intercultural Weeks celebrations. Always a highlight, the motto this year is "Unsere Heimat eine Welt" - our home, one world. From book readings to art installations, film and music, there is plenty of room for reflection, contemplation but also a chance to meet and celebrate diversity in between individuals and cultural communities. 

More Info: Stadt Göppingen

Toleranz Wochen Uhingen

Martina Bartos, city of Uhingen and Roswitha Heinemann Agenda 21, introduce the very first Tolerance Weeks. The inspiration behind the initiative as well as the various events are introduced. Exhibitions, music, book readings and podium discussion, are just a few of the stations which await visitors. This program introduces concepts of sustainability, body image and ability, civil courage and invites participants to reflect on their own behaviours and prejudices. 

More Info: Uhingen Toleranz Wochen

Guest Resident at Schoss Solitude

Amandeep Sandhu, Indian author and artist in resident at the Schloss Solitude, reveals the autobiographical content of his books with personal and sometimes startlingly real life events which drove him to create his novels. Themes such as marginalization, psychological illness as well as German colonialization all create a gripping read in his novels and texts. 


More Info: Amandeep Sandhu

Refugees welcome

Guido Till, Göppingen mayor, gives a welcome speech for refugees during a Christmas event at the Stadthalle along with English, Arabic, Armenian, Albanian, Urdu and Russian translations in which he also thanks volunteers supporting refugees. Monika Maichl, Freundeskreis Asyl, offers insight into the laborynth of processing procedures and the varying status given to people who come to us seeking refuge. 

More Info: Café Asyl Göppingen

1 Million Stars

1 Million Sterne, helping traumatised child soldiers in the Congo and funding extra curricular activities for Göppingen children is the goal of an event which took place in the Göppingen city center. Gabriele Zull - Vice Major, Lisa Kappes-Sassano - Caritas International, Steffen Schenk - radiofips, Dario Zeitler - Christkönig Kinderhaus, Philip Emerson - Pathfinders, Nicole Röhrig - Ort des Zuhörens,SojaBband, and Celebrations choir are part of the program. 

More Info: Caritas international / Rückenwind Göppingen

A Taste of Irish – Whiskey Tasting at KMZ

Ursula Weingart-Brodbeck, English teacher and travel guide, tells us how her love of travel inspired her to organize trips to England, Ireland and Scotland for her loyal adult students. On this day she hosted a Whiskey tasting event with film viewing of Pygmalion.

More Info: Ursula Weingart-Brodbeck

Willkommen – locals and refugees meet up

René Niess & Philipp Siemer, Linksjugend [´solid] Göppingen & Geislingen, discuss their motivation for initiating the meetup between asylum seekers and locals. Monika Maichl Café Asyl & Freundeskreis Asyl, explains the current situation for asyulm seekers and how we can help. Marc Stehle, Antifa, stresses why solidarity with refugees is important. Yaser Bakoor, Serbian refugee, expresses his heartfelt thanks to Göppingen. Radiofips moderator, Steffen Schenk accompanied by Iranian artist Alireza Azimi (Gitarre & E-Piano) and ProAsyl music round out the program.

More Info: Linksjugend solid Café Asyl

Street Food Market Göppingen

Benjamin Staubach, event and PR expert, introduces the first "Street Food Market" in Göppingen, at the newly renovated Schlossplatz. Originally from America, this trend of specialized food trucks is receiving cult status in Germany. Newly renovated school buses or military trucks serve freshly prepared foods before your eyes. Regional specialities with an eclectic mix of international cuisine: from Swabian maultaschen to Hungarian, Italian or American specialities, people in the neighbourhood are invited to enjoy a unique food culture.

More Info: Street Food Market Göppingen Jamstream

Natasa Rikanović performs for International Women’s Day

Natasa Rikanović, theatre, musical performer and studied clown, gives a unique multicultural performance on International Women's Day in Göppingen. Natasa's approach to performing, her new found love of Mongolian throat singing, as well as a breadth of accordian music are presented.

More Info: Natasa Rikanovic

Freundeskreis Asyl Göppingen

Monika Maichl, Der Freundeskreis Asyl Göppingen, advocate for asylum seekers, discusses issues affecting refugees living in the region and explains common misconceptions. 

More Info: Freundeskreis Asyl Göppingen / Café Asyl

Global Players

Joachim Scheufele-Leidig, Migration Services Göppingen (zebra) and Irina Heizenreder, leading actress, speak about Global Players project and consultation services for migrants. The internationality of the cast as well as theatre as tool for learning German and as a means of integration are the focus of our talk. 

More Info: Global Players

2015 Kultur-Nacht

Wolfram Hosch, cultural council of Göppingen and Uwe Mayer, photographer, talk about the long awaited Kulturnacht. Göppingen comes to life with artists, multimedia presentations and cultural events with 30 stations to choose from. The newest addition: theme bus shuttles including poetry slam, media and music as guests travel from one station to the next. 

More Info: Göppinger Kultur-Nacht

10th grade hosts Spanish Special

Cornel Eckert, Spanish teacher, along with his 10th grade students, from Mörike Gymansion lead this all Spanish special radio show. Students show their knowledge of the Spanish language, introduce Spanish genres and music makers while giving brief descriptions in German. Be warned: in this special no English! 

More Info: Mörike Gymnasion

Intercultural Weeks 2015 – 20 year anniversary celebration!

Dragica Horvat, Integrationsbeaufträgte, intergration affairs for the City of Göppingen, visits the radiofips studio for her yearly announcement for the intercultural weeks. For the 20 year anniversary celebration, this year's motto is "Erlebten Vielfalt" (diversity experienced). The Göppingen community is invited to experience diversity though music, exhibits, cultural dance, book readings, podium discussions and other events. 23. September until 11. October. 

More Info: For the complete program visit Intercultural Weeks 2015

The Gambian Connection

Juma Jallow, Gambian radio host and manager, (pictured 3rd from the left) discusses his connection to Klaus Wiesenborn, (pictured second from the left) who has been instrumental in building schools and fostering education for those in need. Distributing rice, building community and accessing tribal heads and of course radio are all part of our talk. 

More Info: Klaus Wiesenborn Kinderhilfe
More Info: Radio Al Faya

Kinderhilfe International

Lilian Keulen, Vice Chair and Lalan Korala, Program Manager visiting from Sri Lanka, celebrate the NGO's 20 year anniversary. Lilian recalls heart breaking and heart warming stories of her visit to Sri Lanka with her family. Helping Sri Lankan children gain an education and personal insights are all part of our conversation. music, family and teaching. 

More Info: Friends Kinderhilfe

Regional meets International with Fair Trade 

Fair Trade stands, discuss themes such as Structural changes in the developing world, experiences from developing countries such as Peru, the "Hope Theatre" tour for the Kenya Project, extensive Open Fair and events including Colibri youth theatre, empowering impoverished children through Fair Mail and critical voices against TIPP are some of the topics from this year's Fair Trade Fair. 

More Info: DEP Hope Theatre Schueler Helfen Leben Open Fair Colibri Fair Mail Bund Stuttgart Mehr Demokratie 

Children and bilingualism

Ramona Scharpf, teacher and trainer, gives insight from her over 20 years of experience teaching German as a second language. Bilingualism in the home, as well as her experiences teaching parents and children in Kindergartens, Haus der Familie and advice to multi-language families are all discussed in our talk. 

More Info: Scharpf Coaching

Hui Chun Gong healing method

Frauke Schütte, health coach, sculptor and trainer, explains the benefits of Chinese Hui Chun Gong “the return to spring.” The history of secrecy regarding this health practice and its origins from Taoist monks and Chinese royalty. She also reflects on her journey to becoming a health coach. 

More Info: Frauke Schütte

Göppingen shows Solidarity for Refugees

Various groups participated in the anti-Pregida demo in Stuttgart, including many Göppingen individuals and groups. We review statements and speeches from the Schossplatz in Stuttgart. Showing a sign for solidarity and tolerance in this 8.000 strong demo. 

More Info: No Pegida Stuttgart

Music and Conversation at Shelby Studios

Andor Shelby, pianist and composer, discusses music, family and teaching. Stemming from a lineage of musicians Andor began as a musical prodigy in Hungary, but abruptly left to take refuge in the US. Civil unrest, natural catastrophe and impressive accolades including an oscar for film music are all themes of this distinctive individual's life. 

More Info: Shelby Studios

Plant for the Planet

Amos and Friso, environmental ambassadors for Plant for the Planet, and my youngest guests to date, talk about CO2 impact of consuming meat, and driving cars as well as the uneven distribution of wealth in the world. What they learnt at a workshop day in Göppingen, planting trees, and the inspiring founder Felix are all part of our conversation. Empowering children and youth to educate adults, parents and politicians for a better world. 

More Info: Plant for the Planet

Culture and Media

Dejan Vasic, co-producer and founder of the local PIG city magazine and R2, speaks briefly about his Serbian/Bosnian heritage, as well as various projects including designing the Intercultural Weeks program and an installation featuring the entrepreneurial spirit of migrants. In his spare time, Dejan also DJs in local clubs around town. 

More Info: PIG Magazin

Thailand exchange

Lorenz Manthey, teacher at Freihof-Gymnasium and his students, talk about their trip to Thailand. Lorenz's love of exotic languages brought him to organize an unforgettable experience. Witnessing Vesak, the celebration of Buddha’s birth, death and enlightenment, special foods and rituals as well as the ENSA program are discussed. A special thanks go out to their partner school Princess-Chulabhorn-College in Phitsanulok/Thailand for their wonderful hospitality. 

More Info: student blog

Internations

Leila Kadi & Hamdo Hurtic, Internations ambassadors, discuss the international expat network, their travel experiences and how learning about new people and cultures is a large part of their lives. 

More Info: Internations