“shared experiences” partners berlin windhoek

“shared experiences” an cultural exchange program from p.art.ners berlin-windhoek

Co-founded and managed by Imke Rust & Oliver Schruoffeneger between 2007 and 2012

Berlin and Windhoek have been partner cities since 2000. The non-profit organization p.art.ners berlin-windhoek gGmbH was founded in 2007 as a private initiative by Namibian artist Imke Rust and Berlin parliamentarian Oliver Schruoffeneger, to promote art and cultural exchange within this city partnership and strengthen the existing ties. The ‘shared experiences’ projects, organized by p.art.ners berlin-windhoek, aimed to promote artists through exchange and exposure. In close collaboration with Namibian and Berlin artists we conceptualised and presented projects from different cultural genres, such as visual arts, music, theatre, film and dance.

Under the “shared experiences” motto we aspired to encourage shared conceptualization and realisation of artistic projects. Through the participation in our projects artists from both cities worked together, experiencing different creative processes, learning from each other and entering into an exciting and fruitful artistic dialog. The “shared experiences” idea was central to our projects and we did not simply send a finished production to the partner city, but had different partner institutions from both cities working together on new projects.

p.artners has initiated, organized, funded or supported almost 60 different projects in several different creative genres.

This project was made possible with financial support from the Stiftung Deutsche Klassenlotterie in Germany. Their funding covered the running costs of the project, ensuring the feasibility of organizing projects, but did not cover any direct project expenses. Another valuable sponsoring agreement has been signed with Air Namibia, ensuring significantly cheaper flights for participants of our projects. All other funding for projects had to be raised through additional sponsorship.

The “shared experiences” project’s term ended in March 2012.

Namibian artist Imke Rust initiated the idea of this project and together with Oliver Schruoffeneger, from the Berlin parliament (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen) founded and managed p.art.ners berlin-windhoek gGmbH.

This page serves as a non-conclusive archive of articles, press-releases and highlights of this project.

Project Overview

Visual Art Residencies

During the years p.art.ners berlin-windhoek hosted two Namibian artists for one year at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien, nine Namibian artists for 2-4 months at the BBK Workshops and one Berlin artist in Namibia at the Farm Peperkorrel.


In cooperation with Wild Cinema Festival p.art.ners berlin-windhoek organized and funded the Wild Cinema Short Film Competition in 2008. The making of three fictional short films were funded and 2 winners were sent to Berlin to experience the Berlinale.


Famous musical ‘Linie 1’ from the Berlin Grips Theater was adapted to a Namibian setting and staged in Namibia and Germany.


p.art.ners berlin-windhoek has organized and supported several art exhibitions, workshops and other art related events.


In cooperation with OYO (Windhoek), Faster-Than-Light-Dance-Company (Berlin) and Jugendkunstschule Atrium (Berlin) young Namibian and Germandancers had the chance to rehearse and perfrom together in shows in Berlin and in Windhoek.


School partnerships and general info about the p.art.ners berlin-windhoek ‘shared experiences’ project.


In cooperation with ASA p.art.ners berlin-windhoek offered four 6-month stipends to Berlin fashion and product designers, to work with Namibian students from UNAM and COTA.


The Happy Disharmonists, EES, Jackson Kaujeua, Gazza and other musicians were supported to perform in Berlin or Namibia through the ‘shared experiences’ program of p.art.ners berlin-windhoek.

About us – Partners in Art

Imke Rust is a Namibian artist who received a DAAD stipend in Berlin in 2006. During this time she met Oliver Schruoffeneger, a parlamentarian from the Berlin state, and together they had the vision of an extensive artistic and cultural exchange project between the partner cities Berlin and Windhoek.

We put together a proposal and met with many potential partner organisations, sponsors and supporters. In 2007 we founded the private non-profit organisation (p.art.ners berlin-windhoek gGmbH) and with the help of our partners and sponsors we created a wide variety of wonderful opportunities, especially for Namibian artists.

Since the end of the project Imke Rust has focussed again on her own art career, based in Germany. Oliver Schruoffeneger has continued his political career and is the Bezirksstadtrat für Stadtentwicklung, Bauen und Umwelt (District councilor for Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf) since 2016.

Namibian artist Imke Rust (left) and Berlin Parlamentarian Oliver Schruoffeneger (right) with the Mayor M. Shikongo of the City of Windhoek.

Article in the daily Namibian Newspaper Allgemeine Zeitung about the p.artners project.

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Artists Imke Rust, Kaleb Haipinge and Simone Haak and an artwork by Kleopas Nhikefelwa (left).
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