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Review of the International Reportagen Festival 2019

Launching a new festival in a city that exudes culture is an ambitious project. If it is nonetheless successful, it must be something special. The public’s response to the first International Reportagen Festival Bern in 2019 demonstrates that this is the case: Around 5,000 guests from Bern, all over Switzerland and neighbouring foreign countries attended 52 sold-out events with 60 journalists from all over the world. One of the principal jurors, Jon Lee Anderson, reporter at The New Yorker, wrote: “For a few days, Bern felt like the centre of the world, and the city became a compassionate and tolerant host for an extremely necessary and healthy experiment, a remedy against hatred, xenophobia and incomprehension.”

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