>> January - December
>> Februar 26
Participation in the reception of the mayor of Berlin for newly established foundations.
>> April 19
Support of the Indian Valsaki spring festival at Berlin.
>> May 14 - 16
Participation in the annual meet of the Association of German Foundations at Berlin.
>> May 17 - August 31
Exhibition MAHATMA - Images of Mohandas K. Gandhi at the Yoga Studio Potsdam-Babelsberg near Berlin.
>> Juni 6
Support of the Indian Carnival at Berlin.
>> August 29
Visit of the Mahatma Gandhi High School, Berlin, accompanying Gandhi's grand daughter Tara Gandhi Bhattacharjee from New Delhi, India.
>> September 3 - 30
Exhibition MAHATMA - Images of Mohandas K. Gandhi at Centro Colombo Americano in Colombia, South America.
>> September 12 - 13
Presentation of GandhiServe Foundation at the First Berlin Foundations Day.
>> September 14 - October 4, 2003
Exhibition, lectures, films, and seminars, Berlin Town Hall, Germany
Organized by GandhiServe Foundation, Berlin, Soka Gakkai Internationale Germany e.V., Frankfurt am Main, and Martin Luther King Centre e.V., Werdau, in co-operation with Indo German Society Berlin e.V., Mahatma Gandhi High School, Berlin, Wall Museum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin, and International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War.
>> Sept. 14 - Oct. 4, Mon - Fri 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sat - Sun 12 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Berlin Town Hall, Rathausstrasse, 10173 Berlin-Mitte
Exhibition Building Peace Without Violence - Gandhi, King, Ikeda
Exhibition on the life and work of the peace makers Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Dr. Daisaku Ikeda. Rare photographs document the principles of nonviolence as well as campaigns of nonviolent resistance in India, USA, and Japan. Moreover, rare artefacts of Gandhi, King, and Ikeda are exhibited.
>> Saturday, Sept. 20, 6 p.m., Berlin Town Hall (Big Hall)
From 6 p.m.:
>> Sunday, Sept. 21, 2 p.m., Berlin Town Hall (Louise Schroeder Hall)
Dr. Lawrence Carter (Atlanta, USA), a personal friend of Dr. Daisaku Ikeda und former co-worker of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., talks about the life and peace activities of Dr. Ikeda, the many years' president of Soka Gakkai International (SGI). The main task of the SGI is the promotion of peace and nonviolence.
>> Monday, Sept. 22, 7 p.m., Wall Museum - Haus am Checkpoint Charlie
In his lecture Dr. Lawrence Carter (Atlanta, USA), a personal friend of Dr. Daisaku Ikeda and a former co-worker of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., speaks about Gandhi's, King's and Ikeda's attitudes toward nonviolence.
>> Saturday, Sept. 27, 6 p.m., Berlin Town Hall (Louise Schroeder Hall)
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>> Sunday, Sept. 28, 2 p.m., Berlin Town Hall (Louise Schroeder Hall)
In this half-day seminar Rev. Heinrich Grosse (Hannover, Germany), an associate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., will read and discuss texts by King showing the evolution of his philosophy of nonviolence and of his methods of action. He will discuss texts from the early period of the Southern protest movement as well as King's speeches and campaigns during the final two years of his life (1966-1968). Thus the differences between King's positions in his early and in his later years will be elaborated. King's final years were characterized by his commitment against the Vietnam war and for those suffering in Vietnam. Fighting the "giant triplets of racism, poverty and war", he advocated actions of massive, militant nonviolence. (German)
>> Monday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m., Wall Museum - Haus am Checkpoint Charlie
Rev. Heinrich Grosse (Hannover, Germany) is an associate of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This lecture aims at tracing the different stages of King's life and work. It will become clear, that King was anything but a "harmless apostle of nonviolence". Despite all attempts to neutralize King by idolizing him, we must know: Remembering him is "dangerous", as it challenges our normal ways of thinking and acting. King was not just an advocate of underprivileged African Americans; his dream was not confined to the USA. He demanded: "We must develop a world perspective." In the world-wide fight against racism, poverty and war he wanted to be a "voice of the voiceless". Thus, we still have to ask ourselves: What are the challenges Martin Luther King's life poses for us today? (German)
>> Thursday, Oct. 2, 6 p.m., Berlin Town Hall (Big Hall)
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>> Friday, Oct. 3, 2. p.m., Berlin Town Hall (Louise Schroeder Hall)
Ms. Ela Gandhi is a granddaughter of the Mahatma. She lives in Durban, South Africa and has fought Apartheid together with Nelson Mandela. Ms. Gandhi was a member of the South African Parliament (African National Congress) from 1994 until 2003. As an active social worker she applies her grandfather's thoughts in favour of the socially oppressed. The seminar offers a rare opportunity to meet and talk to Ms. Gandhi. Chairperson: Prof. Dr. Jürgen Lütt (English, with German translation)
>> Saturday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m., Wall Museum - Haus am Checkpoint Charlie
Ms. Ela Gandhi is a granddaughter of the Mahatma. She lives in Durban, South Africa and fought apartheid together with Nelson Mandela. As a member of African National Congress (ANC), Ms. Gandhi was a member of the South African parliament from 1994 until 2003. As a social worker she illuminates the thoughts of her grandfather for the implementation of the rights of minorities. In her lecture Ms. Gandhi focuses on the relevance and necessity to apply her grandfather's teachings to fight the various forms of violence we're facing. (English, with German translation).
Films in the cinema of the Wall Museum - Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, Friedrichstrasse 43-45, 10969 Berlin-Kreuzberg, U-Bahn Kochstrasse, Bus 129, Tel. +49.30.2537250, Fax. +49.30.2512075, E-Mail: email@example.com
>> Sept. 15 - 21, 6 p.m., and Sept. 22, 4 p.m.:
One-hour documentary film about the Buddhist peace maker Dr. Daisaku Ikeda. Followed by a one-hour documentary about the historic background of Nichiren Daishonin's Buddhism, the history of the Buddhist community Soka Gakkai International, and the life of its present president, Dr. Daisaku Ikeda.
>> Sept. 23 - 28, 6 p.m., and Sept. 29, 3 p.m.:
Documentary film about the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and his political-social commitment to the American civil rights movement.
>> Sept. 30 - Oct. 3, 6 p.m., and Oct. 4, 4 p.m.:
The documentary film "Mahatma" (1969) presents the life and work of Mahatma Gandhi, and his incessant search for truth, using rare original footage. The film is the result of the intense seven-years work of Gandhi's biographer Vithalbhai Jhaveri, and the Gandhi National Memorial Trust, Mumbai. The film portraits Gandhi's life in detail, and documents the Indian independence movement. The commentary is largely based on Gandhi's own words. This film is rarely shown outside India.
Entrance to the exhibition and the accompanying programme is free-of-charge (except films). The entrance to the films is €7.50 and includes the visit to the museum.
>> September 15 - October 15
Exhibition MAHATMA - Images of Mohandas K. Gandhi at Shanti Fund, New York City.
>> September 16 - 28
The exhibition Mahatma Gandhi - Travelling by Train was lent to the Indian Embassy at Berlin. They used it as part for their exhibit Indian Railways - Culture on the Move that has been presented on the two Berlin train stations Friedrichstrasse and Ostbahnhof.
>> October 10 - November 19
Exhibition MAHATMA - Images of Mohandas K. Gandhi in the University of California Davis.
>> December 10
The GandhiServe Foundation gets recognised by UNESCO as Culture of Peace Actor.