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Coping with COVID-19
The Mahalla Festival 2020 takes place as a remote festival to overcome self-isolation, demobilization and paralysis with new strategies in creative narration.

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    A bicycle ride from Berlin to Rome

      In May this year the Berlin based artist Susanne Bosch was invited to the Villa Massimo in Rome for a seven-week practice scholarship. Due…

  • Covid19

    Searching Traces

      Community Video Workshop   Within the Mahalla Festival in times of COVID-19 we are organizing under the title Searching Traces a community video workshop…

  • Covid19

    I am still here, Hala Buradayım

      Video by Sabine Küper-Büsch & Thomas Büsch, Istanbul, 2020 Hala burada mısın? Bunalmadın mı? Are you still here? Aren't you fed up? Bunaltı arkamdan fısıltılar...Bunalma, bağımlı…

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    Maltarti TV 2020

      Interview for Maltese TV with Sabine Küper-Büsch and Thomas Büsch about the Mahalla Festival, the Community Video Workshop and how to cope with the…

  • Concert Session

    Living Room Session | Hello Psychaleppo

    June 25, 2020, 7 PM UTC Tune in for this live set from sound artist Hello Psychaleppo presented in partnership with MARSM. In this Living…

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    Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee…

      #anarchyzen is a Streetartist living and working in Turkey. #anarchyzen produced two works around the Killing of George Floyd by Police Forces and the…

[ About the Mahalla Festival ]

Mahalla is a travelling festival of contemporary art, film and literature, with several ancillary events running alongside it.


Press Kit 2018


The Turkish based cultural association diyalog invented and realized the Mahalla Festival dedicated to migration, exile and cultural identity in the frame of the Istanbul Art Biennale 2017. The second Mahalla Festival took place in the frame of Valletta European Capital of Culture 2018.


The festivals brought together cultural actors and initiatives from different fields and different backgrounds in Europe and beyond to support an intercultural understanding in the field of migration, inclusion and local communities. Under the title Generating New Narratives the festival in Malta displayed art works, performances, installations, screenings, readings and talks reflecting aspects of borders, armed conflicts and migration, minorities, hospitality and hostility, urban structures, inclusion and intercultural communication.


In November 2016, following an invitation of the Villa Romana in Florence, various cultural initiatives from Europe came together at the Museum Centro Pecci, Prato, and at the Villa Romana, Florence, under the title Gravity for All. The question of this first discussion was: if the European migration crisis continues to be a scandal, how should artists and cultural actors behave?


The participants expressed the desire to establish a sustainable international network for the exchange of experiences between cultural initiatives and artists of the host countries and the newcomers. Since then the Mahalla Festival was established and is continuing on different locations. In 2020 we are planing to organize the Mahalla Festival in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.


In Malta the festival was supported by the Maltese Cultural Ministry, the German Foreign Ministry, the Austrian Foreign Ministry, the Allianz Kulturstiftung and other international private foundations.

[ Mahalla Festival Malta 2018 ]

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