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2010/11: “Doner, Delivery and Design” EU-Exhibition Project

A workshop exhibition on ethnic economy entrepreneurs in Berlin

The Doner Kebab “sandwich” was actually invented in Berlin, by a former “guest worker” from Turkey. In Germany this particular fast food has gone from strength to strength ever since, but it has already started conquering the rest of Europe as well. Berlin alone features ca. 1,600 doner kebab sellers who have long since ceased making their own spits, now mostly procured from professional manufacturers instead. Over the last 20 years the capital has witnessed the flourishing of a veritable doner kebab industry, including supply contractors – to be found in the Turkish Yellow Pages for Berlin-Brandenburg, as are the kebab shop furnishers.

All these entrepreneurs have two things in common: they strengthen our society’s economic
backbone and have either immigrated themselves, or have an immigrant background. Experts
commonly refer to the services rendered by these self-employed as the “ethnic economy”.The term does no longer denote a mere ethnic niche, as the typical small shops and restaurants have meanwhile been joined by a steadily growing number of medium-sized businesses in the service and export industries, the media and the arts. Given their important contribution to the city’s economic well-being and cultural life they have become indispensable for Berlin as a whole.

These topics will be touched upon in a small work-shop exhibition of photographs and selected
objects.This exhibition represents the joint contribution of the Museum of European Cultures
and the Neighbourhood Museum Association to the EU project “Entrepreneurial Cultures in
European Cities” involving museums and cultural institutions from seven countries (

Museum of European Cultures

Entrepreneurial Cultures in Europe 2010


If I was King of Kreuzberg

During the project Marking city spaces: If I was King of Kreuzberg (1999) held in the problematic quarter Wrangel-Kiez the elderly together with the younger generation develop ideas for using city spaces.

Everybody should say, what he or she would do if they were king or queen of Kreuzberg.
Example: A place of joy, where all nations can be happy together, sing and dance.

Here they would engrave into a bench their suggestions for joint activities in a senior citizens facility which includes a garden.

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Photo: Ellis Berlijn


Photo: Ellis Berlijn


City Space is Living Space for Children

Stories of the elder on their childhood memories inspire young students to explore their quarter and look for possibilities to create. Suggestions for change are incorporated into the model Planning for Real and presented during the neighborhood conference City Space is Living Space for Children.

This project was part of “A House in Europe”

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Photos: Christa Reinhard-Juch