Can Dündar has been living in exile in Germany since 2016.

Days of Exile

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The Days of Exile are an audience-oriented program of events and encounters in Hamburg and other German cities. It gives people in exile a platform, builds a bridge between the present and the past and encourages dialog and understanding between old and new citizens in order to contribute to better cohesion in the city.

In 2018, we hosted this community initiative for the first time, which was launched by the Herbert and Elsbeth Weichmann Foundation in 2016 and has taken place annually since then. Many partners regularly contribute to a broad spectrum of events: The offerings range from exhibitions, concerts, lectures, encounters, readings and panel discussions to theater and film screenings. The patrons of the Days of Exile have been Nobel Prize winner Herta Müller, UN Special Envoy Nadia Murad, author Abbas Khider and Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi.

Since 2017, the “Speech on Exile” has been a highlight of the event program. Personalities in exile report from their point of view what the condition of exile and persecution does and how important it is to give people in exile a voice and to sensitize society to the topic of exile. Speakers so far have included Bulgarian-born writer Ilija Trojanow, Turkish journalist Can Dündar, Mexican journalist Anabel Hernandez, Chinese musician and author Liao Yiwu, and Zohre Esmaeli, Afghan model and entrepreneur.

The next Days of Exile will take place in Bonn from August 30 to September 14, 2024.

Tage des Exils 2024 in Bonn

Die nächsten Tage des Exils finden vom 30. August bis zum 14. September 2024 in Kooperation mit der Bundesstadt Bonn statt. Weitere Informationen finden Sie demnächst hier.

Tage des Exils 2023 in Berlin

„Shattered Image of Oneself“ © Khaled Barakeh
Tage des Exils Berlin

From September 8 to October 9, 2023, 50 events took place throughout Berlin. This year's patron was the author and Nobel Prize winner Herta Müller.

Was es heißt, im Exil zu leben

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Can Dündar, Shahindha Ismail, Mohammed Ghunaim – Exil gestern und heute

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