Around 27,000 visitors have already seen the exhibitions of the 5th Fotofestival. As of last week, with the show of favourites at Einraumhaus C/O Mannheim, the Festival is now playing out at a total of nine locations. Three Festival weeks, featuring an ample range of events catering for a variety interests, are still in store for you.

On the calendar this week:

The "Flucht mit der Flut" series of films is running at Cinema Quadrat Mannheim until 23.10. The death of the refugees in the boat off Lampedusa means that the topic of these films has shifted into general awareness, not only at the Fotofestival.

On Wednesday, 23.10. at 5 p.m. the art historian Caroline Marié will conduct a French-language guided tour of the exhibition Battleground/Afghanistan at the Heidelberger Kunstverein - an event as part of the 8th French Week Heidelberg.

On Thursday, 24.10. at 4 p.m. Pauline Friesecke, an art historian and a member of the Festival team, will conduct a guided tour of the exhibition Deutschlandreise at ZEPHYR - Raum für Fotografie der Reiss-Engelhorn-Museen, Mannheim.

We're particularly looking forward to the coming Sunday, 27 October, when under the motto "Looking inside!" there will be a (photo) excursion onto former US military compounds in Mannheim. For all who missed out on a coveted seat on the bus we can recommend a visit to Stadtgalerie Mannheim from 3 p.m., where guests will be welcomed with an American buffet and, from 4 p.m., there will be a podium discussion on the topic of "Parallel worlds behind NATO wire: Aspects of German/American co-existence in Manheim", moderated by ethnologist Cara Schwab. To round off the event, the Greg Copeland Band will be playing from about 6 p.m. Entry to the events at the Stadtgalerie on this afternoon is free.

"The Sound of Pictures" is the name of a guided tour with improvised music that you can enjoy along with students of Mannheim's University of Music and Performing Arts and art historian Cathrin Langanke on Sunday, 27.10 at 11 a.m. at Wilhelm-Hack-Museum Ludwigshafen.

The following is on the agenda next week (28.10.-3.11.):

On Wednesday, 30.10. at 7 p.m. at Heidelberger Kunstverein there will be a presentation of the documentary film "Restrepo". The film by journalist Sebastian Junger and Magnum photographer Tim Hetherington accompanies a US platoon during a one-year deployment at an outpost in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. Heidelberger Kunstverein is showing the film as part of the series "Commentated Vision". Dr. med. Hartmut Jatzko, who specializes in internal medicine and psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychosomatic medicine and is an expert in overcoming trauma, will be the special guest.

On Thursday, 31.10 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Wilhelm-Hack-Museum is organizing "Art After Work" - an exhibition and photo workshop after the working day. Participation fee: 20 Euro. You are kindly asked to register: hackmuseum@ludwigshafen.de, tel. 0621/504-3045

The weekend following that, Saturday 02.11. at 4 p.m., offers a dance performance by the AdREm youth theatre at the exhibition Community at Kunstverein Ludwigshafen and, at 7 p.m., the film evening "Movements under difficult conditions" at Heidelberger Kunstverein, featuring contributions about Afghanistan, devised and moderated by artist Sandra Schäfer. On Sunday, 03.11. at 3 p.m. Wolfgang Sautermeister will put on his performance IN MY EYES / IN MY BODY at the No Place like Home/ Zuhause exhibition at Wilhelm-Hack-Museum. The public guided tour will be cancelled on this occasion at this location.

The final Festival week (4.11.-10.11.) offers:

On Thursday, 5.11., 4 p.m., there will be the opportunity to familiarize oneself with Creative Writing techniques. Fabian Burstein will provide instruction on these techniques against the backdrop of the photographs at Stadtgalerie Mannheim.

On Wednesday, 6.11. at 7 p.m. at Heidelberger Kunstverein Dr. Caterina Maderna will lift the lid on the secrets of the Afghan textiles on show there. Her talk is titled, "Alighiero Boetti and Afghanistan - Interweavings of Concept Art and Handicrafts".

With images, videos and stories the Austrian artist Lukas Birk presents, two days later, on Friday, 8.11. at Heidelberger Kunstverein the "Afghan Box Camera Project". Birk devotes himself to the project of researching and conserving a way of preparing portrait photos that has been practised in Afghanistan for generations and is presently on the decline: using instant photo cameras made out of wood.

On the final day of the Festival, on Sunday, 10.11., the second "Grand Tour" in Heidelberg will set off at 2 p.m. at halle02. Art historian and gallerist Dr. Kristina Hoge will conduct a tour through all of the Heidelberg-based exhibitions of the 5th Fotofestival; to round off there will be coffee and cake for tour participants at Heidelberger Kunstverein.

We cordially invite you to take part in the events and visit the exhibitions.

The Festival team

Photo: Soldiers' Living Quarters, Coleman Barracks, Mannheim, December 2012 © Donovan Wylie/Magnum Photos/FOCUS

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