NORDWIND is one of the biggest platforms and festivals presenting and commissioning projects between artists, curators and scientists from the Nordic and Baltic countries and international representatives. NORDWIND Festival takes place biennially in Berlin, Hamburg and Dresden to document the richness of Nordic arts. The 6th edition of the NORDWIND Festival with its focus on exploring the North European and Baltic performing arts scene this time also throws a spotlight on Russia and other countries of the former Soviet Union. It runs under the title “BALAGAN!!! – Zones of Resistance”* and will take place in Berlin, Hamburg, Dresden and – for the first time – in Bern between 14 November and 23 December 2015. Artistic director Ricarda Ciontos presents performances, choreographies and installations by some of the most exciting artistic teams and directors from Northern and North-Eastern Europe such as Oskaras Koršunovas, Stina Nyberg, Verdensteatret, Mungo Park and Elina Pirinen. A special program concentrating on contemporary performance in Russia, curated by Jens Dietrich, will show, for the first time outside Russia, controversial, innovative and formally sophisticated productions by artists such as Mikhael Patlasov, Olga Jitlina and Petr Pavlensky. “BALAGAN!!! – Contemporary Art from the Former Soviet Union and Other Mythical Places”, an exhibition curated by David Elliott, in cooperation with MOMENTUM, the international platform for time-based art, in three venues across Berlin will feature works by over 50 artists from Russia and the former Easter Blok, as well as the first retrospective outside Russia of Vladislav Mamyshev-Monroe (1969-2013), comprising his paintings, films, photography and performance. *Balagan is a Russian slang word meaning a chaotic or glorious mess that is often extended to a social or political state of being. Historically, it referred to a fairground, particularly the puppet shows that took place in them, that challenged and made fun of power by turning the established world on its head.