“Die Wiesenburg Kulturstelle is a cultural and working venue in the heart of Berlin-Wedding shaped by social traditions and solidarity.”

Die Wiesenburg e.Vcultural and charitable association

+ In September 2016 we held the 1st Wiesenburg Festival 

and opened the doors for 2 days to people of Wedding and Berlin to lightheartedly enjoy the last days of summer with open air acrobatic performances, live concerts of international music stars, exquisite food, bee’s wax candle workshops and honey degustations, children’s theatre, guided tours and small flea market.

+ Today tenants of Die Wiesenburg are collaborating with

Radio Fritz Fm, celebrities like Komet and Jurassica Parka, audio producer Mike Hedges, musicians Jennifer Rostock, FinkKiesza, Yalta Club and many other worldwide names in StudioXBerlin. Contemporary art performances such as Wasabi Daiko Japanese drummers and Isabelle Schad’s dance performances took place in the dance studio and Heather Allen’s sculptures and Thomas Henriksson’s paintings were part of a major exhibition in the ruins. Filmed in one go and backwards, Fräulein Sommer the music video made by Robert Bittner in the ruins and garden has won numerous prizes worldwide including the MDR-Unicato Award. Bittner’s production know-how was shared with Herbert Hoover Secondary School pupils, producing a 13-minute video from script to finished product which premiered at their school. The cultural engagement doesn’t end here, we hold different workshops for local school children and make guided tours in English and German. Last but not least, we are proud to have honeybees, whose output is turned into Wiesenburg honey and mead by tenants, Apiarium.

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+ The beginning has to do with the Dumkows Family

In the early 1980s Die Wiesenburg hosted its first cultural events; a music concert and an art exhibition. The reborn location once again inspired many film makers in realising their creative visions. The history and impressiveness of this 120-year-old building attracted many architecture students who chose it as the subject of their theses. The Dumkows opened the doors for local schoolchildren to hold concerts, paint, put on plays and even camp here.

+ Joe Dumkow started to clear up the ruins in 2004

This made space available for a variety of future events. In 2008 the Italian film maker, Rebecca Salvatore, made a documentary film about Zhivago Duncan’s paintings, and in 2009 Richard Kern did a photo shoot for Vice Magazine. In summer of the same year, Joe acquired a rare copy of Ted Browning’s ‘Freaks’ from the British Film Institute which he showed to an invited audience of 200 guests.

+ 2011 was a very special year for hosting art exhibitions

in all parts of the ruins. First came ‘Ruine’ in February, with international artists resident in Berlin and beyond, followed by ‘Timespace’, a show by 5 Swedish artists who also installed an impressively beautiful bar. The event was sponsored the Swedish Embassy. Next came ‘Dirty Fingers’ organised by Ulrika Segerburg, Heather Allen and Thomas Henriksson as part of the Wedding Cultural Festival. It attracted over 1000 visitors during the weekend and was opened by the then mayor of Berlin, Dr. Christian Hanke. Finally, ‘A Summer Night’s Dream’ with musicians, artists and finger food was staged in the main hall of the former men’s shelter.

+ Live recording of music has always had a strong presence here

with bands like OutlierCarol and the Fall and Morrlock Dillema recording tracks and videos on the premises. David Krause recorded his Klub Krause live show in the main hall with well-known local personalities, Komet and Henriette Pfeiffer and the bands U3000 and LOT. The show was the precursor to his Fritz Radio Forum Fatal in 2016, recorded in Studio X Berlin in Die Wiesenburg.

The tenants formed the association, Die Wiesenburg e.V. in 2015

to consolidate our aims of protecting and developing Die Wiesenburg as a cultural and social venue. The association in collaboration with the architecture collective Siebeneck, drew up plans for the whole site, which were presented to its new owners, the city-owned housing association Degewo.  Prior to its founding, Robert Bittner and Heather Allen had been building a media presence for Die Wiesenburg with a Facebook page, broadcasts on RBB and Arte TV, and building up support from politicians concerned with its social and cultural importance for Wedding and Berlin. Spiegel online came to interview us, followed by TAZ, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and Ex-Berliner, amongst others, and the Genossenschaft für urbane Kreativität eG selected us as one of seven outstanding urban city projects for the ‘Players of Change’ conference in Berlin.

+ Degewo has stated its aim

‘to protect this historic place from further ruin and open it up to neighbourly and social activities in this district’. In 2014, Degewo became the official owner of Die Wiesenburg. Together with Quartiersmanagement Pankstraße Wedding we aim to continue fulfilling neighbourhood management’s guiding principle of ‘Creative Living, Learning and Working’ in Die Wiesenburg’s future development.

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