War or Peace takes place in the centre of Berlin – surrounded by various sites that mark crossroads of history. The venues of our festival – Maxim Gorki Theatre as the festival centre, Palais am Festungsgraben, and the Quadriga Berlin – are exciting spots of history, art and discourse.
Built in 1827 as the city’s first concert hall, the Maxim Gorki Theatre is probably the most impressive among the ensemble theatres in Berlin where it is located at the famous boulevard “Unter den Linden”. Since its reopening in 1952, it has played an important and critical role in public discourse and has focused mainly on political critique – reflecting the diversified society in times of continuous economic and political crises and heightened social and cultural conflicts.During our festival, it will host the artistic programme as well as the opening and closing ceremony. The theatre‘s courtyard will also be the central meeting point, where you can have a break, get food and drinks, socialise and relax.
The Palais am Festungsgraben, right next to the Maxim Gorki Theatre, is one of our two workshop venues where we will also set up special meeting points for side activities in the programme. It was built at the outskirts of the former town fortification, right at the moat (“Festungsgraben”), in 1751. Looking back on a busy history of regular modifications and extensions, the building is under monumental protection and nowadays a cultural hotspot.
Our second workshop site is the Quadriga Forum – a state of the art conference centre right at the heart of Friedrichswerder, the historic quarter between Friedrichstraße, “Unter den Linden” and Spittelmarkt. While providing ideal conditions for in-depth workshops, it is only a short footwalk from the festival centre.