The green light has been given for an important collaboration that perfectly combines our Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) and Inclusion and Prevention project groups. As of now, the DKB FOUNDATION is cooperating with the GemüseAckerdemie (Vegetable Academy) as part of its program extension “GemüseAckerdemie PLUS” to enable children with special needs to also have the chance to learn from nature and so get them excited about healthy nutrition and sustainability. To kick off this joint project, the play “Kulinarius Karottengold”, produced by the EUKITEA theatre company, was held to attract future farming students from the Margeriten School in Borgsdorf, a special school with a focus on emotional and social development. In the play, the passionate gardener Paul explains why his tomatoes shine so well, how important sun, rain and wind are, and what else his plants need to grow. The play is also part of our foundation project “Lecker Essen” (Tasty Food), in which children learn more about the origin and manufacturing conditions of food and their contribution to a healthy diet during action days for nutritional education held at Schloss & Gut Liebenberg. In the year-round theory and practice-based education program of the GemüseAckerdemie, students cultivate their own vegetables and learn, in a practical way, where food comes from, how much work is involved in vegetable farming, and the significance nature holds as our basis of life. The cultivation and perception of self-efficiency take priority just as much as the consideration of actions and their effects. Interest and curiosity are aroused through means of practical application, everyday relevance and enthusiasm. The children’s thought processes are stimulated and they are supported and encouraged to discover their potential and to recognize themselves as valuable and responsible creators of a sustainable future. A special focus of this joint project lies in the further development of the education program GemüseAckerdemie PLUS, which not only aims to increase children’s appreciation of food but to combat the loss of knowledge and competence in the field of food production, alienation from nature, unhealthy eating habits, and to counteract food waste. The PLUS of the program consists mainly in the educational work to be done in order to compensate for unfavorable learning conditions. Children with special needs are individually supported and their specific strengths developed, contributing to the prevention of social isolation, exclusion, and lack of experience.





Digital technologies have entered many areas of life and the associated radical changes do not stop at the preservation and maintenance of cultural heritage, one of our core tasks at the DKB FOUNDATION. The 13th-century Feldstein Church is Liebenberg's oldest building and was probably one of the first permanent buildings in the settlement. The stones found in the cultivation of the surrounding landscape served as building material. Its neo-gothic tower, which the landlord Philipp Graf zu Eulenburg rebuilt following a fire at the end of the 19th century, still dominates the castle courtyard today. In 1894, the Berlin clockmaker Richter built a tower clock with two bells.  During the course of the abandonment of the building in 1985, the smaller of these bells was sold, along with the organ, the altar and its painting, the pulpit, the stalls and other movable inventory to different parishes, and is now located in a church in Neuholland. Larger-scale renovation measures for the preservation of the listed church building were only taken in 1992/1993 and the first restoration of the tower clock according to old plans took place in 1993. Now, 25 years after the original restoration, the clock is being made sustainable for long-term use with its conversion to an electronic system. The maintenance of a tower clock, such as at the Liebenberg Church, is complex and difficult. Careful attention is especially required in the maintenance of the striking mechanisms and their cables as these can become overstretched and break. In order to significantly reduce the cost of the operation and maintenance without changing the historical mechanism, from July 2018, in cooperation with the community of Falkental, the tower clock and striking mechanism will be converted to an electronic system and the clock controlled by a radio receiver.   Measures taken: The clock and the striking mechanism will be equipped with an electric motor and an electronic control. The striking mechanism will then strike every half hour and on the hour. The bell will also receive an electronic control and a linear drive, which will significantly reduce maintenance, mechanical vibrations, and building stress. These measures will take place between August and December 2018.
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Music is a personal experience that is celebrated in the community. We want to provide an open space for music in which everyone feels comfortable. We present concerts that appeal to connoisseurs and newcomers alike. This music is a sensual experience that is exciting, new and intense. For us, sound and landscape go hand in hand and both have inspired us to create this music festival. The concerts take place in a relaxed atmosphere, where everyone can come as they are. Exciting performance concepts make the music come alive to all the senses - up close and memorable. For all who attend discoveries and personal experiences await. Music from the Early Baroque through to the Romantic era and into the modern age will be played, with a variety of instruments from the harpsichord to the piano, from the viola to the violin. Different listening situations make up an important part of the Liebenberg music festival. At the promenade concert you can move freely around and lie down on the lawn of the ‘sound island’. The performances in the music barn and the church are seated concerts which offer their own special atmospheres. An event of the DKB FOUNDATION and PODIUM Esslingen.
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In their transition from school to work, many young people ask themselves the question: should I go or stay? And, sometimes this question never even arises: there are no secondary schools nearby, public transport is being reduced, infrastructure dismantled, and leisure facilities are scarce. Many young people are turning their backs on their roots and moving to cities in order to seek education, training and work. The elders stay behind. Our project "Hidden Places" trains awareness in young people living in rural areas, and empowers them to take an imaginative look at art and culture in their everyday lives against the background of demographic change. Using social documentary photography, girls and boys aged 16-17 learn to engage with their own perceptions, and using impressions from their immediate environment via the means of landscape photography, develop a vision for the design of rural areas. The project "Hidden Places" is supported by the art photographer Kathrin Karras from Grüneberg, a town close to the foundation’s headquarters. "Open your eyes!", the project instructs young people in search of places where they can express their problems, longings and fears in the form of photographs. Guided by intuition, curiosity and empathy, they seek out places with which they connect. Places that characterize surrounding landscapes and spaces. They use photography as a means of stocktaking and description, discuss the resulting shots in groups and as individuals, and make image selections. In addition to the theoretical basics such as image composition, image design and dealing with digital cameras, the project also teaches social skills, such as critical ability and self-reflection. Hand in Hand - together with teams of craftsmen at Schloss & Gut Liebenberg, the youngsters transform their most meaningful photos into small works of art. They also get the chance to build their own lightboxes, which are then used to exhibit the best photos in Exin Secondary School in Zehdenick. The world of tomorrow is changeable. We want to put this idea across using artistic methods and techniques. To do this, we combine artistic methods with scientific disciplines. This awakens the curiosity of the young, strengthens their interconnected thinking, encourages their willingness to act, and develops their individual artistic expression.     HIDDEN PLACES WINS MIXED UP COMPETITION! We’re delighted to announce that in MIXED UP 2018 - the national competition for cultural education partnerships - our project Hidden Places won in the ‘Rural Areas’ category. We’re looking forward to the award ceremony in Kiel on 22 November. MIXED UP, the national competition for cultural education partnerships of the Federal Association for Cultural Education for Children and Young People, aims to promote cooperation between youth work, culture and education (schools and day-care centres), to highlight the potential of cooperation and to support children and adolescents using art and culture in their educational training, personality development, and skills acquisition. If you are interested in this project and would like to have it implemented at your school, please contact Ulrike Eichentopf at 033094-700 466, or send an e-mail to
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START Adventure Weeks Gnewikow

The START Foundation supports young people with migration backgrounds in their education with the aim of helping to lay the groundwork for social change. Located in Gnewikow, on the shores of Lake Ruppin, the START Foundation has found a place where scholarship holders can benefit from personal development through shared social and experience-oriented learning in new and creative environments that differ from the school system. In meeting different people from a variety of cultures, a special atmosphere was created that brought the participants into direct contact with each other and encouraged an exchange of ideas. Learning to face conflicts, sensitively perceiving the needs of others, and acting with foresight are important components of the experience.  Professional trainers and alumni of the START program accompanied the participants during the adventure week and were on hand for any needed help and advice. We, the DKB FOUNDATION see diversity as a valuable opportunity and therefore support the START Foundation in strengthening people's personal development and breaking down intercultural barriers.
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