From the very beginning, the festival has been very close to my heart and I thank Nora Hilgert very much for her commitment in the past year. Together with our many partners in the city, the state, the federal government and other European countries, we want to continuously develop the festival, increase its appeal beyond the city of Weimar and make the Rendez-vous a lively forum for debates on strengthening democratic and European remembrance culture. We will use this year to make the Rendez-vous better known in other parts of Thuringia in a different form.
Andreas Braune holds a doctorate in political science and is co-director of the Weimar Republic Research Centre at Friedrich Schiller University in Jena. He was already the academic coordinator of the Weimar Rendez-vous with History from 2012 to 2016 and has also been active on the academic advisory board since then. In addition to the history of German democracy and the history and politics of the Weimar Republic, his fields of work also include modern political theory and the history of ideas as well as the theory and practice of civil disobedience.
Connected to the festival from the beginning, he particularly appreciates the many opportunities for critical and scholarly discourse on historical, political and social issues that it offers every year.
Julia Heinrich studied cultural management at the FRANZ LISZT University of Music in Weimar. She is the full-time director of the young theatre at stellwerk Weimar. As a freelancer, she worked as a project manager on the Kunstfest opening in 2015 and 2016 as well as the Bauhaus PARADE (100 years of Bauhaus) taking place in April 2019. Since March 2020, she has been supporting the Bach Biennale Weimar as a freelance cultural manager in the areas of project management and marketing. She also works on a voluntary basis as managing director for the weim|art association and founded her own festival at the Camposanto in Buttstädt as part of this.
She has been familiar with the Weimar Rendez-vous with History since 2013. She has appreciated the high standards of the events for many years and is looking forward to being part of the team.
Josephin Kalok studied philosophy, international relations and cultural management. Ever since she graduated from high school, she has been involved as a volunteer member and board member of Second Attempt e.V. in her hometown of Görlitz, which is the sponsor of numerous initiatives and the operator of the easternmost youth and socio-cultural centre in Germany, »RABRYKA«. rabryka.eu
In addition, she gained practical experience in various cultural fields during her studies, including at a company for digital music booking and at the Federal Cultural Foundation. Under the auspices of the Weimar-based association Weim|art e.V., she also organised the student literature festival »juLi im juni« 2019 as project manager. This year, she will support the Weimar Rendez-vous in the area of organisation for the first time and is very excited to be a team member of the festival.
Franziska is our contact person for media enquiries and social media. She studied musicology, art history, and cultural management and received her doctorate in 2015. She is closely networked across Weimar’s various cultural institutions; from 2011–2019 she was responsible for the project organization of the Landesmusikrat Thüringen e.V., and as of 2018 she has been working as a museum educator for the Klassik Stiftung Weimar. In 2021, she also took charge of press and public relations for the Bach Biennale Weimar.