The Next Generation

Artists – Formats – Issues

When we think of “Next” we think of the future, as in what comes next, but the simple fact that we discuss this, implies that the “Next” already exists in our present. The “Next” just needs to be discovered, as in the next big thing.

Leaders. Challenges. Technology. Medicine. These are often preceded by a “next generation of”. Personally, when I think of the NextGen, I think first of kids. Children are our future, says the cliché. So what is the NextGen going to be like? I find this question fascinating, nonetheless what is just as intriguing: what is our world going to be like for the NextGen?

As in fashion, design or technology, the Arts too, look for its NextGen. New artists, like the young Alma Deutscher and the children of the Kinder Ballett Kompanie Berlin. Or the 5 pianists of our Piano-Combi series, who seek fresh performance formats to answer the current big challenge of classical music: how to make it more accessible to the younger audience.

Identity is a critical part of the NextGen Politics – the progressive thinking of a civic globalist society in which we preserve our ethnical and cultural identities. Globalism has brought about a number of NextGen Issues. We witness those in the worldwide revolt against globalism, which translates into the rise of nationalism, antiforeignism, fascism and antisemitism.

The recent Israeli migration to Berlin is sometimes attributed, falsely, to the high cost of living in Israel, as exemplified by the overpriced “Milky”, the popular pudding. If anything, Israel’s economy is doing quite well, with the country earning its highest-ever credit rating this year. It’s definitely not the Pudding. Perhaps it is rather the fact that life in Israel is just not exactly “all Honey”, as the old saying goes. A rise in populism, racism, corruption cases, internal conflicts and a steady warfare – these are no fun to watch.

Our festival starts on Friday evening, and so we begin with our own take on the Kabbalat Shabbat ceremony. In the jewish tradition, Shabbat is “a taste of the World to Come”. It could be interpreted as a taste of the heavenly afterlife. But it can also be seen as a taste of our future here on earth, a future that we can shape ourselves by working hard all week long. A future of peace and prosperity, a Next Generation of coexistence.

Ohad Ben-Ari, founder & managing director


Table of Content

ID Festival 2018 Team

Founder & Director Ohad Ben-Ari

Production Jule Sievert

Production Assistance Merle Heinrich, Ewa Bienkowska

Press and PR Sarah Rosenau

PR Assistance Casey Tower

Social Media, Content Management & Editorial Anastasia Shevchenko

Graphic Design & Concept Alina Hoyer, Bureau Hoyer

Web Programming Katrin Sellerbeck

Video Documentation & Editing Ede Mueller

Campaign Photography Johanna Ruebel

Festival Photography Ruthe Zuntz

Our History

© Bureau Hoyer

2015-2018: Identity-Migration-Integration?-Next Generation

This year, we’re going to look at the Next Generation: young people making art and new talents (artists), new and fresh ways of interpreting the classical ideals (formats), as well as new ways of relating to the world at large (issues).

© Adar Aviam & Charlotte Sauvaget

Last year, the 2017 ID Festival Berlin took on the next logical step, and with the theme of “integration?”, our participating artists and thinkers discussed the implementation of the European ideals through art.

© Adar Aviam & Charlotte Sauvaget

In 2016, we found ourselves naturally responding to the European migratory movements, with the Israeli artists setting out to examine the impacts of these movements and their transformative potentials on the European state of affairs and culture.

© Adar Aviam & Charlotte Sauvaget

Since our festival launch in 2015, our aim was to explore the concept of identity. The participating Israeli artists embarked on a journey of self-exploration caused by an apparent identity crisis.