ONpaper: Allyship! How to do it, how not to do it?

The change towards a society that is not based on exclusion and oppression of groups of people concerns all of us. Therefore, it is important that not only those of us who have experienced discrimination on our own bodies take up the fight. An active form of support is often summarized under the term "allyship".

The workshop will be about coming to terms with one's own privileges and how to use them meaningfully on behalf of marginalized people without taking the focus off the demands of those affected. Together we would like to develop concrete strategies on how to actively practice solidarity in our field of work and in our society.

  • How can I be Ally without being patronizing and encroaching?
  • What privileges do I have and how do I use them for change?
  • How can I act when people have been hurt because of discrimination?

The online workshop aims to impart basic knowledge and works with input units, group discussions, small group tasks and collegial exchange.


Tsepo Andreas Bollwinkel

  • Tsepo Andreas Bollwinkel thinks, researches, writes and teaches on diversity, intersectionality and North-South relations while working in theatre as an orchestral musician for over 30 years. One focus of his educational work is the diversity-oriented and power-critical accompaniment of cultural institutions.


This workshop provides approaches for putting critical discrimination knowledge into practice. Initial knowledge of anti-racism, structural discrimination and privilege is assumed. We recommend attending the workshop "Recognizing and Dismantling Racism" by Tsepo Bollwinkel on May 23 as preparation.




29 August 2022, 2-6 pm

Target Group

The digital workshops are aimed at artists from the independent contemporary music scene in Cologne and Berlin and are free of charge. We recommend attending the workshop "Recognizing and Dismantling Racism" by Tsepo Bollwinkel on May 23 as preparation.


We ask for obligatory registrations via this registration form.

Unfortunately, the online workshop is not barrier-free at all levels. We will make every effort to accommodate different needs and adapt the workshop if you provide us with appropriate information in the registration.

About ONpaper

In this year's online workshop series ONpaper, which we are organizing again together with ON Cologne, experts will teach basic skills for working in the independent scene.

Under the heading "Application Fitness" we will get you ready for project funding in the spring. In addition to classic workshops with introductions to the funding landscapes in Berlin and Cologne, application writing or accounting, this year we are exploring new formats such as Meet the Jury, informal get-togethers on funding or sessions for writing applications together.

Although the independent scene defines itself in part precisely by breaking away from hierarchical ways of working that widely encourage the abuse of power and racism, it is not exempt from structural exclusions either. On the contrary, it lacks diverse perspectives and non-normative bodies, attitudes, narratives, and aesthetics. With workshops on anti-racism and diversity development, we would like to accompany the scene on the process of opening up, sensitize for blind spots and facilitate access to the scene for marginalized persons with empowerment offers.

A third module on press and public relations, audience development, profile building and management will provide concrete assistance in the development and implementation of projects.

The workshop series will be continued after the summer break. We will announce the program in the course of the next few months. Please feel free to contact us with any suggestions or proposals.