24th ilb
5 – 14 Sep 2024 Program
9 – 18 Sep 2024 Young Program

Herkunft: Syria

Dima Albitar Kalaji

Dima Albitar Kalaji, born in 1982 in Damascus, Syria, and living in exile in Berlin since 2013, has navigated a significant literary and journalistic path, underpinned by her education in Arts and Media at Damascus University. Her work highlights the intersection of art, politics, and culture, predominantly through the lens

Sam Zamrik

Sam Zamrik Zamrik is a poet, musician, translator and political educator who was born 1996 and raised in Damascus, Syria. They deep interest in literature and politics led him to undertake formal education in English Literature at Damascus University. Subsequently, they moved to Berlin to complete a Bachelor’s in Humanities,

Abdalrahman Alqalaq

Born in Damascus in 1997, Abdalrahman Alqalaq is a Syrian-Palestinian poet, author, and performer who fled to Germany in 2015. In 2017, he completed a cultural year at the Staatstheater Karlsruhe and in 2022 he released his debut poetry collection in Arabic »24«, through the elles publishing house in Cairo.

Yassin al-Haj Saleh

Yassin al-Haj Saleh born in 1961 in Raqqa, is a Syrian writer. At 18, he was arrested for being a member of the Communist Party and spent the next 16 years as a political prisoner. Since his release, he has been committed to democratic reform and against the acceptance of

Widad Nabi

born in 1985 in Kobanî, Syria, is a Kurdish-Syrian author. She studied economics in Syria and writes for numerous Arabic, English, and French-language newspapers and magazines. In Germany her texts have appeared in the »Berliner Zeitung«, »SPON«, and »Kursbuch« as well as in anthologies. In 2018 she received the first

Tania Al Kayyali

born in 1985. Since 2013, she has worked as a graphic designer, illustrator and translator in Serbia, Syria and the UAE for »Refugee and Migrant Crisis in Europe«. As a visual artist her focus is on illustration, having recently drawn a number of children’s books in addition to exhibiting her

Salam Al Hassan

born in 1975 in Damascus, is an art director, animation artist and photographer. Salam al Hassan is also an illustrator and comics artist, whose work includes »Shabyat Elcartoon« (2013). He is also a percussionist with the band Fattouch. In 2008 he made two short films, and was invited to present

Samar Yazbek

Samar Yazbek was born in 1970 in Jableh, a small town on Syria’s Mediterranean shore. She studied Arabic literature in Lattakia and today worked as an editor for www.nesasy.org. This website is dedicated to human rights, especially the rights and freedoms of women. She also edited and presented a cultural

Rasha Habbal

born in 1982 in Hama, Syria, is primarily known for her poetry. Her poetry collection »Wenig von dir…viel vom Salz« (tr. »Not much from you…A lot from salt«) was published in Arabic in 2014. In 2017, one of her texts was published in German in the volume »Ohne Worte –

Ramadan Ali

Ramadan Ali is an actor who has lived in Germany since 2011. He worked as an actor and comedian in Syria but was repeatedly arrested and tortured before he fled the country. These experiences in his homeland have made him a political person. As a result, when he acts here

Noor Kanj

born in 1990 in As-Suwayda, Syria, where she studied computer science and economics before transferring to the private International University for Science and Technology in Damascus due to the civil war. In 2014, she left Syria and moved to Lebanon. She moved to Germany in 2016 with a scholarship in

Mustafa Khalifa

The Syrian writer and activist Mustafa Khalifa was born in 1948 in Jarabulus, near the Turkish border, and grew up in Aleppo. As early as his teenage years, he participated in political acts and was arrested twice. He completed his studies in law in Damascus afterwards. In 1979/1980 and from