Water Sanitation Hygiene - in the context of development cooperation


Art, music and football offer a very personal approach. Every person connects their own emotions and associations, and language barriers also pose fewer obstacles. The resulting personal relationships enable them to act and communicate on an equal footing. In addition, art takes a special place in its symbolism. In countries with a high illiteracy rate, visual languages help more than letters.

In the context of development cooperation, mechanisms of domination and oppression can be eliminated by communicating through these universal languages. This is particularly important when a German tour group travels to the countries that support them financially. Neocolonial structures are quickly reproduced and the European appears as a sacrificial helper. In the case of Viva con Agua project trips, on the other hand, the "wash" sector (water, sanitation and hygiene) becomes the wash method (water, art, sanitation and hygiene). By making music together and joint art projects on site, the structure of oppression from global north to global south can be broken up and an equal dialogue can take place.

These languages are used analogously in the Millerntor Gallery. This creates a heterogeneous target and visitor group. Far from stereotypes and prejudices, this event brings together a wide variety of people of different origins in the form of a comprehensive cultural festival in order to be part of this event and to experience it together.