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Hellersdorf: Cricket Festival

With AC Berlin and Hellersdorf Cricket Club
Sunday, 21 July 2019, 14:30 – 17:30

Cricket Festival

Adress:Wasteland near U5 station Cottbusser Platz, at Maxie-Wander-Straße/corner Carola-Neher-Straße, 12619 Berlin
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Cricket Festival

Since May 2017 refugees from Pakistan and Afghanistan have been playing cricket at "Place Internationale" and have set up an open training session for the neighbourhood in collaboration with station urbaner kulturen. In doing so, they have created an informal ›Recreation Ground‹, something new to Germany but found in many other countries. ›Recreation Grounds‹ are large, freely accessible grass areas for recreation and sport maintained by municipalities and have their origins in Victorian Great Britain’s commitment to the human right to health and nature in towns and cities. Cricket is played informally on ›Recreation Grounds‹ world wide.  

There were 50 cricket clubs in Berlin until 1937 when the National Socialist regime’s policy of enforced conformity was applied to sports and cricket was forbidden by the NSDAP. Thanks to the influence of refugees, the sport is experiencing a revival in Germany today and in 2017 the national team qualified for the World League.

The Hellersdorf-based sports club AC Berlin has founded a cricket department and refugee men are now playing successfully in the regional league. Here are their fixtures in 2019 from June onwards:

Sunday, 9 June, 11:00 vs Eagles, Maifeld Berlin (pitch 2)
Saturday, 15 June, 11:00 vs gegen BSV Britannia (in Werder)
Sunday, 16 June, 11:00 vs BSV Britannia 2, Maifeld Berlin (pitch 1)
Sunday, 23 June, 11:00 vs BCC 2, Maifeld Berlin (pitch 1)
Sunday, 28 July, 14:00 vs BCC 1 (in Werder)
Saturday, 10 August, 14:00 vs Viktoria (in Werder)
Sunday, 15 September, 11:00 vs Halle (in Werder)

The Cricket Festival is part of the project »The periphery is alive - the Hellersdorf housing estate yesterday, today and tommorow«.

»The periphery is alive - the Hellersdorf housing estate yesterday, today and tommorow« is funded from the "Soziale Stadt" programme and supported by the Amt für Weiterbildung und Kultur Marzahn-Hellersdorf (Marzahn-Hellersdorf Office for Further Education and Culture).

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