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

Days of Exile

Photo: Sandra Schink

The Days of Exile are a programme of audience-oriented events and encounters in Hamburg and other cities in Germany. It gives people in exile a platform, builds bridges between the present and the past and encourages dialogue and understanding between old and new citizens, thus contributing 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 Days of Exile took place in Hamburg from April 11 to May 12, 2023.

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

From 8 September to 9 October 2023, 50 events will take place in Berlin. This year's patroness will be the writer and Nobel Prize winner for literature Herta Müller.

Tage des Exils Frühjahr 2023 in Hamburg

Tage des Exils Hamburg

Vom 11. April bis 12. Mai 2023 fanden mehr als 50 Veranstaltungen in ganz Hamburg statt. Schirmherrin war in diesem Jahr die belarussische Bürgerrechtlerin Swetlana Tichanowskaja.

Tage des Exils 2022 in Frankfurt am Main

Tage des Exils in Frankfurt am Main

Vom 1. bis 17. September 2022 fanden mehr als 40 Veranstaltungen in ganz Frankfurt statt.

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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