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For the 2019/20 season, DER SPIEGEL and Thalia are once again bringing top class guests to the stage from the worlds of culture and politics: SPIEGEL journalists lead discussions with the guests on current topics and together they search for answers to pressing questions in complex and confusing times of upheaval. Guests who took part during the 2018/19 season included: Federal Minister for Finance and long-standing First Mayor of Hamburg Olaf Scholz (SPD), architect of the Elbphilharmonie Concert Hall Jacques Herzog, Green Party politician and Vice President of the German Bundestag Claudia Roth, Chairman of the Munich Security Conference Wolfgang Ischinger, Federal Minister of Justice Dr. Katarina Barley and transformation researcher Dr. Harald Welzer.

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This talk experiment starts at Thalia’s theatre bar, Nachtasyl, with new sessions three times a year. NDR presenter Julia-Niharika Sen and University President Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Dieter Lenzen join their guests to discuss a burning topic from art, culture and the everyday, whereby science and practice come together in an entertaining conversation. A discussion format from the University of Hamburg in collaboration with Thalia and Tide TV.


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Streit.Bar wants to interfere – in the discussion about the urban public and in current debates. What’s new about the current social developments and where are they heading? Wolfgang Knöbl, Sighard Neckel, Miriam Rürup and Hilal Sezgin are getting together in the theatre bar, Nachtasyl, to discuss books that reflect on our past and present, while at the same time taking a stance. This series will take place in collaboration with the Hamburg Institute for Social Research, the Institute for the History of German Jews and Hamburg University’s Faculty of Social Sciences.

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Talk with Alan Gilbert at Nachtasyl

NDR’s new discussion series brings guests from different specialisms together with Alan Gilbert, the new principal conductor of the NDR Elbphilharmonie orchestra. Themes will include culture and society, making music in a world that’s constantly changing, and also current events from the vicinity and inner circle of the Elbphilharmonie orchestra. There will also be live music and Thalia actors will join the party in unusual performances.

Surprises are planned, no questions asked: the Nachtasyl offers the perfect setting for spontaneous exchanges and will now, for the first time, be used as the venue for a NDR discussion series. Moderated by Susanne Stichler.


This event series is taking place thanks to the support of NDR.