Dresden Declaration of the Many and nationwide brilliant demonstration of artists and cultural workers
Photo: Sebastian Hoppe
With this declaration, the signatories want to clearly articulate the cohesion in art and culture as part of civil society against populist and nationalist movements. With this declaration, the artists and cultural workers set a socio-political signal that intervenes in our daily practice. We show together, nationwide, an attitude for tolerance, diversity and respect. At the same time, the Declaration of the Many will be presented in Berlin, Düsseldorf and Hamburg.
Dresden Declaration of the Many
Art creates a space to change the world.
As cultural workers in Germany, we do not stand above things, but on a soil from which the greatest state crimes in the history of mankind were committed. Art was defamed as “degenerate” and culture was abused nationwide for propaganda purposes. Millions of people were murdered or went into exile, including many artists.
Today we understand art and its institutions, museums, theatres, studios, clubs, urban and rural places of culture as open spaces belonging to many. Our society is a plural assembly. Many different interests meet and often find themselves in between. Democracy must be renegotiated every day – but always under one condition: it is about all, about each*n individual*n! The ground on which we stand together is the Basic Law.
Right-wing populism, which attacks cultural institutions as actors of this social vision, is hostile to the art of the many. Right-wing populist groups and parties disrupt events, want to interfere in the programme of events and the programme, polemicise against the freedom of art and work on a renationalisation of culture. Their contemptuous treatment of people on the run, of committed cultural creators, of those who think differently, reveals how they intend to deal with society as soon as the balance of power changes in their favour.
In our federal state Saxony Pegida, Identitäre Bewegung and AfD work hand in hand and polemicize against the democratic cosmopolitan society. We oppose this.
As signatories of the Dresden Theatres, Art and Cultural Institutions and their interest groups, we are taking a clear stand against these attempts:
All signatories are cultural institutions, art institutions, art educating institutions, theatres, museums and their interest groups or associations.
- By signing the declaration, the directors or the management team agree to make the text of the declaration known and open for discussion within their own organisation among employees, ensemble members, curators, audience and visitors.
- The declaration will be published on the website, in programme booklets, as a notice in foyers or in any other suitable form.
- The undersigned cultural institutions will be made visible on the homepage www.dievielen.de .
- The golden-glittering rescue blanket, the symbol of the many, will be used in connection with the Declaration, depending on the corporate design of the institutions.
- The signatories prepare information events, discussions and activities in the sense of the declaration, the dates are communicated together.
- Within the framework of their own press work and a central press conference, the declaration and the campaign will be published on 9 November 2018.
- The campaign for the declaration of the many has a regional character and will be carried out by regional associations of cultural institutions as “Berliner, Düsseldorfer, Dresdner, Hamburger and many more”. Declaration of the Many” nationwide.
- In addition to the first signatory cultural institutions, other cultural institutions, individuals and groups of artists* may also declare their consent as supporters from the date of first publication in a region.
- The undersigned institutions are actively participating in a nationwide campaign with action days, dialogue forums and the mobilisation to a “Shining Demonstration of Art and Culture – Solidarity instead of Privileges”. It’s about everyone. Art remains free” for May 2019.
- The signatories commit themselves to mutual solidarity with cultural institutions and actors* in the arts who are put under pressure by agitation and blasphemy.The Dresden Declaration of the Many was initiated by “#WOD – Initiative weltoffenes Dresden”.WE ARE MANY – EVERYONE*R SINGLE OF US!