During the Debate Days of the European University Award Hamburg plays a key role to give the students a haven from where they can let their minds go and be open for new views in passionate discussions.
Hamburg is often seen as the Gate to the World and in it’s DNA there is an openness and internationality due to the city’s history. In the early 11th century, when many German cities were nothing but fortified villages, Hamburg maintained flourishing trade relations with foreign countries. The incoming ships on the River Elbe brought not only goods from the northern and eastern allied cities of the Hanseatic League in England, Flanders, Norway and France, but also people with their own customs, traditions and religions. And they continue to arrive: 29 percent of Hamburg residents have a migrant background, which is a significantly higher rate than the national average (18 percent). Narrow-mindedness and fear of “the other” is something you won’t find in Hamburg.
Our Home away from home for these three days is in the heart of Altona in its former military barracks “Viktoria-Kaserne”, a collectively run space to create, work, exhibit, learn and live.
The 6th European University Film Award is funded by Hamburg Marketing and Alfred Toepfer Stiftung F.V.S.