The Oyoun Cultural Heart, whose funding is ready to run out on the finish of the yr as reported, now desires to take authorized motion, in response to a brand new assertion. Tradition Senator Joe Chialo (CDU) introduced within the Tradition Committee on November twentieth that funding for the cultural heart can be ended early on the finish of the yr. The cultural heart’s Instagram web page then posted final Tuesday that the house can be closing subsequent month.
Oyoun, the brand new sponsor of the previous Workshop of Cultures in Neukölln, got here below public criticism after occasions associated to the Center East battle. In current weeks, amongst different issues, he has made house accessible to the “Jewish Voice for a Simply Peace within the Center East”, which is taken into account to be near the BDS motion.
The cultural heart, for its half, insists on freedom of artwork and freedom of expression and sees its 30 workers and fellows in danger, “whose livelihoods and, in some circumstances, their residence permits rely upon this funding.”
The cultural heart had beforehand anticipated mission funding till 2025, which was promised in a Senate letter from 2021 – however in response to the Senate, solely as a non-binding announcement. Oyoun has now initiated a authorized report on the legality of the funding cease and needs to problem the choice if obligatory.