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World Congress of the Hedonist International June 9th to 13th 2011 in Riebau (Saxony-Anhalt)

The Hedonist International’s 2nd World Congress will take place from June 9th to June 13th. It will bring together people from all over the world who are interested in hedonism, to promote their networking and to open new perspectives for resistance. We will discuss theoretical concepts, try new forms of action, talk about social conflicts and about alternative methods of political intervention. Last but not least, we will experience that a happy and good living is possible – here and now. It is foreseen that contributions, panels, and workshops will be added spontaneously.

The Congress program is planned along the topics Protest, Party, and Action.

Protest
The topic „Protest“ will contain theoretical debates as well as discussions about actual political and social conflicts. We want to talk about conditions of life and work we want to achieve and social conditions we want to overcome. Any subject is welcome – fpr us, the most important thing is to attract people who are politically active and who are willing to discuss and to share their knowledge and their experiences with others.

Contributions can deal with rather scientific topics like Predictive Behavioral Targeting, critique of ideology, religion or capitalist economy. They can discuss political concepts as the general basic income or the guarantee of access to public goods as transport, or housing. It could be the critics of lookism, sexism, or gentrification. Maybe you will like to discuss copyright problems, digital rights movement, or censorship. Last but not least, we hope to gather some interesting information about social movements all over the world that hedonists should know something about.
We will invite active political groups who will tell us about their struggles and their concepts.

The lineup of strategical topics will be of similar manifoldness. It copes with questions as “How to politicize common party people?” or “What could Hedonist alliances look like?”. Is there something like a Hedonist agenda? How do we deal with social disparity? What is our concept of revolution, and do we even have one? Is Hedonism a political philosophy and, if yes, what does that mean? How can we become truly “international”? Are we to learn from the 1968 “fun gueriller@s”, and what would we like to respond them?

Party
Obviously, this topic will address - ‘Party’! It will contain workshops and discussions on underground & commercializing, making music and killing music, net labels, on reclaiming public space, on repression, drug politics, and safer use, and about all the technical stuff like PA, lights, and decoration.

Action
Under the topic ‘Action’, we have subsumed practical issues. We want to find and offer solutions to all the problems that arise when you start to act. Creative techniques of protest and demonstration, the arts of adbusting and spreading information alternatively, building pirate radios or mobile sound systems – we want to try new forms of action and promote successful old ones. We will share our experiences and maybe, some spontaneous actions will be the outcome of the work at the Congress. Regarding the good life here and now,, ‘Action’ will contain workshops on, for example, guerilla gardening, yoga practice, and good recipes when you have to cook for many. Healthy pre- and after-party food will be a subject, too. After all, we do want to have a little bit of fun as well!

the preliminary schedule of the congress:
Thursday June 09 arrival, bands, performances, cinema
Friday June 10 day program: workshops and talks
Friday June 10 evening and night program: bands, performances, cinema
Saturday June 11 day program: workshops and talks
Saturday June 11 evening and night program: bands, performances, cinema
Sunday June 12 dance workshop
Monday June 13 surprise, surprise; dismantling

The congress will take place on the location of a former border casern and a former railway station in the village Riebau.

More Information:
http://worldcongress.hedonist-international.org/ (only german at the moment, english following soon)


The III. NAKED hedonistic flat viewing rally

Supported by the sections "nudist offensive action committee" Aktionskomitee nudistische Offensive (AKNO) and the "alliance for urban mobile acoustic irradiation" Bündnis für urbane Mobilbeschallung (BUMS) the “hedonistic flat viewing rally” section Sektion Hedonistische Wohnungsbesichtigungs-Rally has succeeded once again:

Originally, we wanted to use the statement "The real estate market is relaxed" by Mrs. Junge-Reyer, Berlin's senator for urban development, as the motto of this naked rallye. However, this rallye turned out to be the most stressful one to date. At both flat viewings we visited, the real estate agents immediately called the police, who arrived shockingly late. At the second viewing, two journalists were taken into custody and had to provide identification. This happened at Warschauer Strasse 33, in a luxuriously renovated corner house, offered at a price of 8.50 Euro per square meter, 40% above the upper end of the Mietspiegel margin, which reflects the average local prices and is suggested by the state as an orientation for new leases. After three failed attempts to enter this house, we were excited to finally get a chance to visit this sacred location. We entered through the open front door and the agent of Lion Real Estate had no choice but to watch us dance around the dark apartment for a few minutes.

Earlier that day, we had taken a look at a recently renovated building in Schreinerstrasse 32, that – while lacking any special features – impressed us with its price of 9.60 Euro per square meter, 60% above the upper end of the Mietspiegel (110% above its mean). At this public viewing, we even met actual apartment seekers, who appeared startled to see us. The dancing was laid-back until the real estate agent lost his head, prompting us to end the event.

At both viewings, we were accompanied by journalists from dapd, AFP, an Israeli camera crew and a radio reporter. Although the list of journalists still still waiting to report on one of our rallyes is long, we have decided to go into hibernation and suspend our naked appearances over the winter. We will, however, use the time to investigate new and unusual forms of protest, suitable for raising awareness for serious social issues. Uncontrolled and thus sky-high rental prices are indeed a serious issue with a direct impact on the livelihoods of many. As Berlin's Senate is pushing a legislative initiative in the Bundesrat, political pressure in every German city is more important than ever.


Bass away nuclear power!

A lot of german sections of the Hedonist International mobilize to protests against nuclear power. The protests will take place in the Wendland district starting November 5th when the conservative-neoliberal governmemt will bring tons of nuclear waste to this area. The protests will propably the largest against atomic power since years, because the german government prolongues the use of nuclear power for more than 14 years.

Sections of the Hedonist International are organized in a coalition with club collectives, cultural initiatives and subculture initiative which is called "Atomkraft wegbassen" (Bass away nuclear power). More than 60 groups signed the call for action. You can have a look at the website at: http://atomkraftwegbassen.blogsport.de


The NAKED hedonistic flat viewing rally 2

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The nudist offensive action committee (Aktionskomitee nudistische Offensive (AKNO)), the alliance for urban mobile acoustic irradiation
(Bündnis für urbane Mobilbeschallung (BUMS)) and the "hedonistic flat viewing rally" (Sektion "Hedonistische Wohnungsbesuchtigungs-Rally") section completed another flat viewing rally on Sunday, September 26:

Berliners don't have a lot of purchasing power - some people have to pay so much rent that they can no longer afford clothes. That's why on
Sunday, September 26, we went to another flat viewing in Kreuzberg without a stitch on. Although the apartment passed our party test, we were pissed about the rent of 11,50 euros per square meter – that’s excluding utilities and heating costs. Trying to find someone stupid enough to pay that price borders on illicit profiteering (Mietwucher).

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Basically, the law says that overpriced rental offers are illegal if demand exceeds supply in the housing market and apartment-seekers have no choice but to accept these offers. For this rule to apply, however, a housing shortage has to be officially established by the authorities. If a shortage is determined, demanding a rent which exceeds the reference value suggested in the “Mietspiegel” (rent index, an official document issued by the state detailing average housing prices) by more than 20% constitutes an administrative offense, and prices exceeding this value by 50% or more are treated as a criminal offense. In the latter case, signed lease agreements can be changed to reflect an average rental price.

Anyone currently seeking an affordable apartment in Friedrichshain will tell you that there is a dramatic shortage in affordable housing - the situation is no different in other districts.

Against profiteering in the housing market – for fair living conditions!

For price fixing in the housing market (Mietbindung) – new leases have to reflect commensurate reference values!

Do your own flat viewing rally – anywhere!

Shout-out to the Fette Mieten-Parties Hamburg, to the Fette Mieten-Parties Zürich and to Jeudi Noir in Paris!


The NAKED hedonistic flat viewing rally

The action committee nudist offensive Aktionskomitee nudistische Offensive (AKNO), the alliance for urban mobile acoustic irradiation Bündnis für urbane Mobilbeschallung (BUMS) and the "hedonistic flat viewing rally" (Sektion "Hedonistische Wohnungsbesuchtigungs-Rally") section have completed another flat viewing rally on Sunday, August 8:

“Although both apartments passed our party test, we are pissed off that such apartments cost some 10 Euros rent per square meter excluding utilities and heating cost nowadays. Trying to find someone stupid enough to pay that price borders illicit profiteering (Mietwucher). The law forbids overpriced offers, if demand exceeds supply in the housing market and apartment-seekers have no choice, but to accept these offers. If a shortage is established, demanding a rent exceeding the reference value suggested in the “Mietspiegel” (an official document issued by the state detailing average housing prices) constitutes an administrative offense, and prices exceeding this value by 50% or more are treated as a criminal offense. In the latter case, signed lease agreements can be changed to reflect an average rental price.
Anyone currently seeking an affordable apartment in Friedrichshain will tell you that there is a dramatic shortage in affordable apartments. And the situation is no different in other districts. Those who do not believe this – like the senator for urban development, Ingeborg Junge-Reyer (“The housing market in Berlin is 'relaxed'.”), might not be convinced until an unusually fair housing offer is advertised and hundreds of people gather for the flat viewing. We shall see...”

Against profiteering in the housing market – for fair living conditions!
For price fixing in the housing market (Mietbindung) – new leases have to reflect commensurate reference values!

Do your own flat viewing rally – anywhere!

Shoutout to the Fette Mieten-Parties Hamburg, to the Fette Mieten-Parties Zürich and to Jeudi Noir in Paris!


Nude protesting must be legal - Freedom for Alexandr Volodarsky!

- Anti-censorship activist faces four years of prison for peaceful protest
- Constitutional rules aren't adhered by the Ukraine
- Measures of censorship increase in the Ukraine


Video of protests in Berlin and Hamburg


Video of todays protests in Berlin, there has also been actions in Hamburg

The "Aktionskomitee Nudistische Offensive" (Committee of Action - Nudistic Offensive), the "Sektion Sonne und Solidarität" (Section Sun and Solidarity) and the "Sektion Zensurama" (Section Censorship) and the Hamburg Section hereby declare:

On November 2nd 2009 the Ukrainian blogger, opposer of censorship and performance artist Alexandr Volodarsky was arrested for protesting nude in front of the house of parliament in Kiev against growing measures of censorship of the Eastern European country.

The department of public prosecution charges Volodarsky with violation of the public peace for his political motivated protest. For his peaceful protest he is now facing four years of imprisonment. During the first days in custody he is denied in his right to an attorney. After six weeks Volodarsky is released from custody on bail. On January 7th 2010 the court of law admits to violations and flaws during the investigation. Volodarsky appeals to the court and loses. The proceedings continue on April 7th.

Henrike Tiedemann from the committee of support, Hedonist International: "We are ashamed by the fact that peaceful protesters in the Ukraine are threatened with unspeakable penalties. There are efforts made by the Ukraine to join the European Union - by ignoring the duties of a constitutional democracy we see this possibility in a very distant future."

The Committee of Support requests from the people responsible in the Ukraine to withdraw the charges of violation of the public peace and to grant Alexandr Volodarsky a fair trail. Henrike Tiedemann, further: "We are planning protests against these violations of Human Rights. Peaceful protest - may it be nude or not - must be possible, being in accordance with the constitution of the Ukraine."

Weitere Informationen:
www.hedonist-international.org
http://akno.blogsport.de
Kampagnenseite von Alexandr Volodarsky: http://free.shiitman.net
http://www.smac.us/2010/04/05/artist-is-threatened-with-jail-sentence-in...


Berlin: Diadem Impro-Slide-Show at HedoBar Dec 10th - 9 PM

We are looking forward to present you Patric Schott´s Diadem-Show at the HedoBar in Berlin-Friedrichshain.

Three actors and one person from the audience present their improvised story to slides they don´t know.

Actors:

- Niels Bovri (Belgium)
- Matt Steinberg (Canada)
- others tba

Save the Date:
Thursday, 10th of December, 9PM
HedoBar at "Stadtteilladen Zielona Gora"
Grünberger Straße / Boxhagener Platz
Berlin-Friedrichshain


New section "Cancel the Castle!" founded - Demonstration Oct 17th um 3pm at Schlossplatz Berlin

Join us at the Schlossplatz for a protest action against the Stadtschloss on Saturday October 17 at 3pm.
We will have a jumping castle on site for you to play on - because the only good castle is a jumping castle! We will also have DJs playing some nice electro-techno music.
Come dressed as kings, queens or nobility. Bring signs to demonstrate your disapproval.

Why demonstrate?

- Because the Stadtschloss is unnecessary: We already have enough unused buildings in Berlin, so there's no need to build more. The institutions, museums and libraries that may eventually be housed in the Stadtschloss can easily be accommodated elsewhere in the city for much less money.
- It is a waste of money: Currently it is budgeted at half a billion euros, but we all know that public projects always cost more than their budgets. This, at a time when Berlin can't even afford a properly working S-Bahn system!
- The decision making process is corrupted: The competition to decide the architect was found to be improperly conducted. See here.
- It is a symbol of imperial power: The Stadtschloss was originally the palace of the Prussian kings and a symbol of their imperial power. It was then destroyed and replaced by the Palast Der Republik, a symbol of Soviet power. Now, a group of rich and (mostly) west Germans want to resurrect the old symbol of power there. Instead of this constant replacing of power symbols, we want to see an empty park, free of symbols.

What should be build there instead?

Nothing! The Stadtschloss should remain how it currently is - a picturesque empty green space for the citizens of the city to enjoy.

What should be done with the money?

Lots can be done with half a billion euros: Berlin doesn't have a properly working S-Bahn system. Many of its citizens are unemployed due to the lack of sustainable industries here. There is an endless list of projects that could be funded with this money. We don't claim to advocate on behalf of any alternative project, but wish simply to say that spending money on an unnecessary castle in the middle of a financial crisis is a stupid idea.

Have a look at the website for more information:
www.stopstadtschloss.com


Berlin: Sep 05th, Section B.U.M.S. supports Project: Night Raid Rave

The following call from the section B.U.M.S. was recently submitted to us:

The section B.U.M.S. will be supporting the first Berlin Night Raid Rave in front of the Berlin Org of Scientlogy with several mobile soundsystems.
More information of the Raid Rave: http://nightraidrave.de.vu/

On our way to the Org we will make a metro rave:
We will meet at Saturday, Sep 5th at 5:30 pm at the metro U Warschauer Str.
We will leave with the U1 train at 6:01 pm in the last train car.


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