About us

What do we want?

The Poetry Project | Foto © Rottkay
Herbert Grönemeyer, Samiullah Rasouli | Photo © Rottkay

We want to activate democratic forces in Germany, to promote the interaction between welcome classes and normal school classes, but also between young refugees in residential homes and their neighbourhoods. We want to support mutual understanding between those who grew up here and new arrivals, so that this country will remain as free and open as it is today. 

By reading their moving texts in public, the young authors authentically convey their experiences. In their poems, many of these young people work with their experiences of violence and war, feelings of fear and loneliness. To these are added hopeful thoughts of a better future, and reports of encounters that are marked by understanding and sympathy. 

We want to encourage people to listen to them and open their eyes to them – not to report on them but to give them a forum for their own diverse voices.