The history festival WAR OR PEACE. Crossroads of history 1918/2018 was an event by the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb and the Maxim Gorki Theatre in cooperation with the German Federal Cultural Foundation, supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.
The Federal Agency for Civic Education is a federal public authority providing citizenship education and information on political issues for all people in Germany. It is promoting awareness for democracy and participation in politics and takes on topical and historical subjects by issuing publications, by organising seminars, events, study trips, exhibitions and competitions, by providing extension training for journalists and by offering films and on-line products.
Since 1952 the bpb engages in education aimed at strengthening and improving civil society. The various educational activities the bpb has to offer provide insights into how political, cultural, social and economic processes fit together in history and society. It bears the socio-political, educational and journalistic responsibility for the way in which it goes about its work.
The Maxim Gorki Theatre is the smallest and most beautiful of Berlin’s municipal theatres, located in the former Singakademie (“Choral Academy”) on the central avenue Unter den Linden. Under the artistic direction of Shermin Langhoff, the Gorki presents an artistic program reflecting the complex and diversified society in these times of continuous economic and political crises and heightened social and cultural conflicts. Its mission is, as a publicly funded city theater, to engage with the city of Berlin — with everything and everyone that this city is sheltering and to aesthetically deconstruct the rhetoric of identity and integration.
The German Federal Cultural Foundation promotes art and culture within the scope of federal competence. One of its main priorities is to support innovative programmes and projects on an international level. To achieve this, the Foundation invests in projects which develop new methods of fostering cultural heritage and tap into the cultural and artistic potential of knowledge required for addressing social issues. The Federal Cultural Foundation also focuses on cultural exchange and cross-border cooperation by initiating projects of its own and funding project proposals in all areas of the arts with no stipulations as to theme or subject.
The Federal Foreign Office represents Germany’s interests to the world. It promotes international exchange and offers protection and assistance to Germans abroad. It maintains Germany’s relations with other countries as well as with international and supra-national organisations. This work concerns much more than just political contacts among governments and parliaments. Because Germany and German society are enmeshed in ever-growing international networks, the Federal Foreign Office promotes intensive interaction and exchange with the world in the fields of business, culture, science and technology, the environment, development issues and many more areas.