ÜBER UNS / ABOUT US (English Text Below)

"Unter Druck - Kultur von der Strasse e.V." ist ein Verein für Wohnungslose und sozial ausgegrenzten Menschen, Menschen am Existenzminimum. Menschen, die sich mit ihren Ideen und Eigeninitiativen für ihre Belange selbst einsetzen.

Grundgedanke ist die Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe. "Unter Druck e.V." begreift sich als Raum für Menschen, Raum für Ideen, Initiativen, Projekte und verschiedene Arbeitsgruppen, Ausstellungen, Aufführungen, Lesungen... Das Projekt hat eine ausgeprägte Mitbestimmungskultur.

Zu diesem Zweck betreiben wir in Berlin zwei Projekte. Den sozialkulturellen Treffpunkt für Wohnungslose in der Oudenarder Straße 26 / 13 347 Berlin und den Zweckbetrieb "czentrifuga" im Markgrafendamm 24c. Im Treffpunkt bieten wir Sozialberatung, einen Cafébetrieb, Wasch- und Duschmöglichkeiten und, während der Wintermonate, das Nachtcafé.

Die Siebdruckwerkstatt "czentrifuga" bietet Interessierten die Möglichkeit Grundlagen des Siebdrucks zu erlernen um eigene kreative Ideen im grafischen und drucktechnischen Bereich umzusetzen. Es werden kleine Siebdruckarbeiten in Auftrag genommen. Im angegliederten Kiosk werden die Druckerzeugnisse zum Verkauf angeboten.

"Unter Druck" bietet, selbstlos, unbezahlte Praktika für Vertreter aus Wirtschaft und Politik an! Einfach mal mitarbeiten! Leider können Praktikanten nicht übernommen werden, jedoch gerne ehrenamtlich weiter arbeiten..

 

"Unter Druck - Kultur von der Strasse e.V." ist Mitglied im Paritätischen Wohlfahrts Verband.

 

 

ENGLISH

Unter Druck-Kultur von der Strasse e.V. (Under Pressure - Culture from the Streets  e.V.) exists since 1992 and began as a theater project by Jan Markowsky who was at the time homeless. It is a Berlin based association for the homeless, the socially excluded or marginalised,  and others who also exist on a subsistence level. Unter Druck has a non-hierarchical structure and the running of day to day activities are decided at weekly Monday meetings by a mixture of clients, volunteers and staff.

The basic idea is “helping people to help themselves” and, extra to the daily routines of providing existential support, Unter Druck has created safe and creative spaces to encourage participatory culture, whereby, people can nurture their ideas and initiatives, including various socio-cultural working groups, creative workshops, exhibitions, theater and music performances. The association maintains two locations in Berlin: The Unter Druck Cafe – a meeting place for homeless and socially marginalised people at Oudenarder Straße 26 in the Wedding area, and the Czentrifuga atelier complex (formerly known as Fleischerei) at Markgrafendamm 24 in Friedrichshain.

As well as offering free food and drinks 6 days a week, the Unter Druck Cafe offers social counseling,computers, laundry and a shower. During the winter months there is a weekly night cafe which iscoordinated together with other initiatives for the homeless. Regular daily visitors are roughly 70% male and 30% women. Unter Druck is LGBTQ+ inclusive and every Friday is Womens Cafe.

There is one full time paid social worker and two people employed part time, respectively for book keeping and public relations, otherwise there are circa 20 volunteers running the Wedding operation. Unter Druck receives some financial support from local government but due to financial cuts, becomes more dependent on public donations and funds raised by self initiated activities e.g. an annual Christmas art auction.

Czentrifuga is a "Rohkultur" (Rawculture) collective of artisans was created by Unter Druck-Kultur von der Strasse e.V. in Mitte, 2003, under the name "Fleischerei" , in an effort to expand the range of creative activities for homeless and marginalised people. It offers workshops and activities in screen-printing, music, graphic and 2D / Clay animation. Also, the in-house performance group Gogo Trash offer workshops for creating costumes,deco and performance using recycled plastic trash and other found materials. After moving from the old butchers shop in Mitte , the name changed to Czentrifuga. Today theres a core staff of circa 15 volunteers, with a large local network which extends internationally as a result of many Regional,National European and Global print music and performance exhibitions/ actions. "Jekami" (jeder kann mitmachen = everybody can join in) is the mott, and people are encouraged to activate and implement their own creative ideas and participate in a collective spirit. Today the the space is at Ostkreuz station in Friedrichshain, Berlin, since 7 years. Art prints or T-shirt commissions, artprint-sales and public events covers running costs and helps subsidise various ongoing DIY activities and workshops.

Unter Druck-Kultur von der Strasse e.V.  has participated in   4 x European  sponsored  Grundtvig Lifelong Learning projects , two of which were self- initiated and coordinated and which involved a total of 13 EU partner countries. Since 2017, the asociation coordinates an EU Erasmus Plus project  "Step Across the Border" . Unter Druck -.Kultur von der Strasse e.V. is aslo a member of the German  Welfare Association Paritätischen  Wohlfahrts Verband.