In these times when people are once again calling for a German "Leitkultur" and theaters, as places of open encounters, are experiencing hostility, Bavarian theaters stand together in the struggle for more tolerance. In 2017, there already was a solidarity action day, which led 19 Bavarian theaters coming together again this year to call for more openness.

With a diverse program, the Gostner Hoftheater in Fürth near Nuremberg was represented. The matinee under the title "together without borders" included musical contributions ranging from gentle Iranian guitar rock, Ethiopian electropop, to performances by the State Theater Nuremberg and an inclusion group from Lebenshilfe. Ulrich Khuon, artistic director of the Deutsches Theater Berlin, also delivered a compelling speech calling for more tolerance; while the lovingly designed theater tent created a warm atmosphere. In addition, there were readings ranging from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Shakespeare - to The Poetry Project. Robina Karimi and Shahzamir Hataki from Afghanistan and Rojin Namer from Syria read powerful texts addressing, among other things, dealing with prejudices, societal pressure, and emancipation.

The Poetry Project would like to thank Gisela Hoffmann for the invitation to this great event and Thomas Witte, ensemble member at Gostner Hoftheater, for the heartfelt rendition of the German texts.

Artistic Direction: Gisela Hoffmann