The 31st Berlin Fairytale Days

The 31st Berlin Fairytale Days

The 31st Berlin Fairytale Days

This year’s Berlin Fairytale Days took place from 5th to 22nd November 2020 under the motto of “Heaven and Earth – Fairy Tales and Stories from Above and Below”.

The uniting power of fairytales is vital in a culturally diverse society. They are an immeasurable treasure trove of experiences and life lessons. Each one contains values that all of humanity has in common, such as love, friendship, loyalty, courage and dedication.

The heroes of fairytales transcend boundaries and overcome obstacles between young and old, poor and rich, East and West and, as was the case this year, between Above and Below.

Due to the necessary measures that are currently in place, for the first time the festival took place online.

We should all stay within our own homes as much as possible. What could be more natural than settling down and immersing ourselves in the realm of adventure and other worlds?

Märchenland e.V. the organiser of the Fairytale Days, has put a great deal of effort into making sure we did not have to miss out on some wonderful fairytale time despite the pandemic. A lot of events can still be accessed in digital form by anyone at any time by visiting https://berliner-maerchentage.de.

For the second time, the SARIAS Foundation contributed to the success of the Berlin Fairytale Days with financial support and its very own event. Even though a great many things were different this year, we hope our viewers young and old still enjoyed these magical fairytales!

CD launch by Atilla Aldemir

CD launch by Atilla Aldemir

CD launch by Atilla Aldemir

In 2019, the SARIAS Foundation facilitated the creation of an exceptional CD recording: Johann Sebastian Bach’s legendary Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin. Born in Istanbul, Atilla Aldemir is an award-winning violinist and violist, and the solo violist of the MDR Symphony Orchestra. He performed the pieces on a viola – the first time in its history – at St Agnus Church in Köthen. The CD was launched on 6th September 2020 during the Köthen Bach Festival at the same location as it was recorded.

Entry was free of charge, although donations to the Arche Children and Youth Welfare Centre in Köthen were requested.

The Next Generation Fairy Tale Concert

The Next Generation Fairy Tale Concert

The Next Generation Fairy Tale Concert 

“The Jackal and the Goat’s Little Calf”
The setting of our Ethiopian fairy tale celebrated its première in the Konzerthaus.

Every summer, the Young Euro Classic international music festival invites the best youth orchestras from all over the world to the Berliner Konzerthaus. One of the principal focusses of the festival is inspiring the next generation to take up classical music and related art forms. It must be made easier for children in educationally deprived groups to have access to cultural participation and in many cases that access must be facilitated in the first place. When it is approachable and configured openly, culture can convey a sense of belonging that transcends the boundaries of our own way of life. It was with this in mind that Young Euro Classic collaborated with the SARIAS Foundation in 2020 to develop an innovative format for a Families Day. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus pandemic the planned programme could not take place this year. The alternative programme was no less exciting, however.

A little calf is born, but who is the father? The leopard tries to deceive the other animals. How will the other animal characters solve the dispute? Sinem Altan has now set our Ethiopian fairy tale to music for future generations. In three afternoon performances, audiences young and old (aged 6 and over) could listen to actor Nellie Thalbach lend her voice to the animals and read our fairy tale to Sinem Altan’s musical composition in the Kleiner Saal of the Konzerthaus on the Gendarmenmarkt.

Another children’s concert with performer “Hans die Wanze” took place on the Gendarmenmarkt before the event.

Photos: Kai Bienert Mutesouvenir

The 11th Berliner Stiftungswoche goes online!

The 11th Berliner Stiftungswoche goes online!

The 11th Berliner Stiftungswoche goes online!

14th – 24th April 2020

Once a year since 2010, the Berliner Stiftungswoche (‘Berlin Foundations Week’) has presented the dedicated work of Berlin-based foundations to the public at large. Charitable foundations demonstrate where and how they work through various events, exhibitions and discussions. The Stiftungswoche is a platform for interaction and cooperation. Without the work of these foundations, our society would be greatly worse off!

The coronavirus pandemic will of course affect the upcoming Stiftungswoche with its main theme this year of “Glück heute?” (‘Happiness Today’). In April 2020, it will largely be held online, but will certainly be no less informative.

Find out more at: www.berlinerstiftungswoche.eu

Wheelchairs for children for Kinderhilfe Harambee e.V.

Wheelchairs for children for Kinderhilfe Harambee e.V.

Wheelchairs for children for Kinderhilfe Harambee e.V.

The SARIAS Foundation is helping with mobility by donating 10 children’s wheelchairs. In partnership with Kinderhilfe Harambee e.V. (children’s charity), these wheelchairs have been sent from Frankfurt to Nairobi. Thanks to Kinderhilfe Harambee e.V. these wheelchairs arrived safely and are now being used by orphans with disabilities.

Dank Harambee e.V. sind die Rollstühle gut angekommen und werden nun von den Kindern genutzt.

Im drittgrößten Slum der Großstadt handelt “Kinderhilfe Harambee” unter schwersten Bedingungen, denn Menschen mit Behinderungen sind für einen Großteil der afrikanischen Gesellschaft praktisch nicht existent. Täglich kämpfen sie gegen die Widerstände, die das Resultat von Korruption und Ignoranz sind, und versuchen trotz der Schwierigkeiten jede Herausforderung bestmöglich zu meistern. Diese Bemühungen und diesen Einsatz unterstützt die SARIAS STIFTUNG.

In einem durch “Kinderhilfe Harambee” entstandenen Tages-Therapiezentrum wird derzeit 60 Kindern ein Zufluchtsort gewährt. Schwerstbehinderte Kinder und Jugendliche werden vor Ort medizinisch versorgt, betreut und gesund ernährt werden. In diesem Refugium finden die Kinder eine Oase des Glücks, wo sie sich in einer humanen und toleranten Umgebung frei bewegen können. Im gefährlichen und rauen Alltag der Slums gibt dieser Ort allen Beteiligten Schutz und die Gewissheit, nicht alleine zu sein. Um sich in dieser Umgebung besser bewegen zu können schenkte die SARIAS STIFTUNG Mobilität in Form von 10 Kinderrollstühlen, die in Deutschland speziell für die Kinder und Jugendlichen ausgewählt wurden. Dabei wurde darauf geachtet, dass verschiedene Modelle für verschiedene Ansprüche, Körpergrößen und Behinderungen dabei sind. Alle Rollstühle wurden mit Kopfstützen und Gurten ausgestattet und direkt zum Frankfurter Flughafen geliefert.

Trotzdem wären die Rollstühle fast nicht mit nach Nairobi geflogen, denn in Anbetracht der Vielzahl von Sperrgepäck war die Fluggesellschaft weniger kulant als erhofft. Gerne hat die SARIAS STIFTUNG die anfallenden Transportkosten übernommen und in Kooperation mit dem Kinderhilfe Harambee e.V. und ihren Therapeuten und Volontären konnten diese Rollstühle von Frankfurt aus auf die Reise nach Nairobi gegangen.