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An essential point in selecting guests for the music section has been to invite internationally-known composers who could give innovative incentives to the then largely conventional character of Berlin's musical life. The guests in the 60s and 70s were György Kurtág, Krzystof Penderecki, György Ligeti, Isang Yun, John Cage, Morton Feldman, and others. In the 80s, an increasing number of invitations were extended to composers representing the newest trends in electro-acoustic music and performance art, among them Luigi Nono, Bill Fontana, Fast Forward, Shelley Hirsch, Fatima Miranda, David Moss, Gordon Monahan, Sainkho Namtchylak, and Carles Santos.


Berlin's aura, the famous "Himmel über Berlin", does not only inspire fine artists, musicians and writers, but also filmmakers from all over the world. Events in the field such as the "Berlin International Film Festival ", the location of many production companies, numerous programme cinemas and not least the large network of filmmakers here make Berlin into an attractive cinematic metropolis. The film programme, therefore, mainly serves the presentation and mediation of the guests' work. Opportunity is given to establish contacts, show films, formulate film-scripts and screenplays, and - in the most fortunate of cases - this leads to funding and realization of a film project. István Szabó's "Mephisto" and Otar Iosseliani's "La chasse aux papillons" would not have been made without the filmmakers' stay in Berlin.


Literary dialogue is always a dialogue between cultures. In the most literal sense, this dialogue is conducted and engaged by the authors of the Berliner Künstlerprogramm in a written, verbal mode of communication which overcomes cultural limitations. Ingeborg Bachmann, Wystan H. Auden, Michel Butor, Susan Sontag, Carlos Fuentes, Juan Goytisolo, Breyten Breytenbach and Mario Vargas Llosa - all of them guests of the programme - have contributed by their stay in Berlin to a better understanding of other cultures and have participated in establishing an international network of contacts and partnerships.

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