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MSG & Friends is a Berlin-based, queer-led, independently organized collective that seeks to empower artists of Asian heritage. Our initiative was to empower our local artists of Asian-heritage by providing event spaces and performance opportunities where a greater degree of safety and understanding for BiPoC could be experienced. As MSG & Friends continued, we were lucky and privileged to have been afforded the chance to expand our reach across international borders. We organize events that not only encourage the development of community within the Asian diaspora, but also workshops on political and social awareness. We believe that the arts have an untapped potential to stimulate progressive, inclusive discourse on the intersections of culture, art, and race. Through independent organization, allyship, and collaboration, MSG & Friends is proud to be part of the burgeoning Asian-diasporic political movement across Europe and provide support to underrepresented artists of Asian heritage.

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Reinaldo Pinto Almeida

Born in Lisbon the director studied Philosophy in Lisbon and later at Paris IV having completed his studies in 2007 with a degree from the Universidade de Lisboa. He then moved to Mumbai, India where he stayed before moving to Berlin, Germany where he is currently residing. He works as a freelance filmmaker in various

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departments and studied at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. Along with a Producer he formed the Almeida/Kind GbR Production for his international short-form comedy series Das Apartment. He is currently developing various projects, amongst them is A Border Within for which he received a research grant by the Robert Bosch Foundation and the Literarisches Colloquium Berlin and pitched it at the Nebulae programme of the Doc Lisboa festival 2019.

The House Behind the Post Office

A Casa Por Detrás Dos Correios

Kurzfilm (Doc/Essay)

PASSWORT: 2020

Sara Mikolai is a movement-based artist born in Berlin of Sri Lankan-Tamil descent. Since 1993 she has trained in Bharatanatyam, a South Indian dance form, under her mother Diana Mikolai. With this as an access to dance, music and poetry, in 2007 she started to collaborate in various contexts of contemporary performance. Through a decolonial and queer contextualisation, today she creates experimental situations and performances in which she sets a focus on the body-space-, as well as the body-sound relation. After reading 'Area Studies of Asia/Africa' at the Humboldt University Berlin, she studied 'Dance, Context & Choreography' at the Interuniversity-Centre for Dance (HZT) (Universityof the Arts Berlin), where she received a scholarship from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes. Further, she holds a diploma in Bharatanatyam from the Oriental Fine Arts Academy of London. In 2014, she co-founded the artistic research collective The Dotted Dance Project together with Kiran Kumar (IN); and in 2016 she co-founded the performance space Extantation in Chiang Mai (TH). She currently gives workshops in Bharatanatyam, is co-curating the upcoming project of apparatus GbR, as well as focussing on her solo practice and the research of her collective The Dotted Dance Project.

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Die iranische Klarinettistin und Malerin Shabnam Parvaresh wurde in Teheran geboren.  Sie begann im Alter von 6 Jahren das traditionelle persische  Instrument Santur zu spielen und entdeckte mit 9 die Querflöte und mit 12 die Klarinette für sich. Bereits mit 13 erreichte sie den zweiter Platz beim Musikfestival der Jugend in Teheran Fadjr Festival. Sie begann ihre musikalische Karriere – nach einem Privatstudium – als Klarinettistin im Teheraner Symphonie Orchester und im iranischen National Traditional Orchestra. Sie erhielt ihren Bachelor in Bildender Kunst und Malerei und verfolgte eine Karriere als Künstlerin und Musikerin in Teheran. Um ihren musikalischen Horizont zu erweitern entschloss sie sich 2013 ihre Heimat Iran zu verlassen und in Deutschland an der Hochschule für Musik Osnabrück Jazz zu studieren. In Deutschland teilte sie die Bühne unter anderem mit dem Grammy-Preisträger Kinan Azmeh , dem Pianisten Achim Kaufmann und spielte in verschiedenen Bands und Ensembles. 2018 gewann sie mit dem Lukas Schwegmann Quintett den Study Up Award für Jazz. 2020 gewann sie den Zonta Musik Preis für Jazz Klarinette. 2019 gründete sie ihr neues Projekt Sheen Trio.

Rojin Sharafi is a sound artist and composer of acoustic, electro-acoustic, and electronic music. Her music crosses borders of different genres and keenly grabs from many musical buckets such as noise, folk, ambient, metal, and contemporary music. Her recent album Urns Waiting To Be Fed debuted in September via Zabte Sote / Opal Tapes labels and reviewed by The Quietus as “the unexpected” and “one of the most ecstatic and fiercely original hours of music”. She has performed in festivals such as SET x CTM 2018 in Tehran, Unsafe+Sounds 2018, and Hyperreality 2019 both in Vienna. In addition, her work has been presented internationally in cities like Basel, Berlin, Gent, New York City, and Washington DC. In 2019, she was invited as an artist in residence at Gouvernement in Belgium and in 2020 she will begin a new residency through Space21 and Borderline Festival in Athens and Kurdistan. She was awarded the 2018 Austrian female Composers prize at Wien Modern Festival. Rojin Sharafi is academically pursuing her masters in sound engineering and composition at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna where she is delving into a deeper research in digital music performance.

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Studio Marshmallow ist ein interdisziplinäres Künstler*innenteam und Produktionsbüro, welches u.a. das Festival „fluctoplasma – 96h Kunst Diskurs Diversität“ organisiert.

Wir glauben an die Macht der Kunst. Wir glauben an eine bessere Gesellschaft. Wir glauben, dass sich harte Arbeit auszahlt. Wir glauben, dass man zuhören muss um im richtigen Moment zu sprechen. Wir glauben an Vielfalt. Wir glauben an Solidarität. Wir glauben an Demut. Wir glauben an Zusammenarbeit, an Zusammenhalt, an Zusammensein. Wir glauben, dass ein neues Zeitalter begonnen hat. Wir glauben, dass Kunst die Welt verändern kann.