The Allianz Cultural Foundation and the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor are launching a Stipend for Writers in Exile called “Torschreiber am Pariser Platz“ (Gate Scribe at Pariser Platz). Writers from Europe and the Mediterranean Region who are threatened or persecuted in their country of origin or residence are welcome to apply.
Cultural and intellectual life in the city of Berlin has always been shaped by people who immigrated, newcomers arriving from the outside. For centuries, the only way to gain access to the city was via the city gates. The fellowship “Torschreiber am Pariser Platz“ (Gate Scribe at Pariser Platz) has been initiated by the two foundations headquartered on Pariser Platz, commemorating the permanent transformation of urban society through new biographies and stories.
The fellowship will give one author the opportunity to work on their own literary projects of choice for six months, starting in November 2021. The foundations aim to help the fellow network with the city’s literary life. In consultation with the author, an individual side programme of events will be developed, including readings and cultural encounters.
Writers from Europe and the Mediterranean Region who are threatened or persecuted in their country of origin or residence are welcome to apply. In the light of current events, the foundations have decided to extend the scope of this year's program to include applications from Afghanistan. The organisers invite Afghan writers who have had to leave their country to apply for the fellowship. Fellows will receive a monthly stipend of 2,000 Euro for six months. In addition, there may be a lump sum for in-kind costs.
More information about the open call can be found here. Applications should be submitted before the deadline of 20 September.
The Allianz Kulturstiftung is a not-for-profit cultural foundation for Europe. The aim of the Foundation is to strengthen cohesion in Europe using the tools of art and culture. As a promoter of social change, the Foundation is geared towards achieving impact and it operates independently.
The program focuses of the Stiftung Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburger Foundation) are exhibitions, literature, aesthetic education as well as art market and cultural policy.