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Fairy tales for reading, reading aloud, narrating...

Fairy tales are stories that inspire courage and convey values. They offer possible solutions for conflict situations and children identify themselves with the fairy tale heroes.

The goal of the SARIAS foundation is to let you discover fairy tales from many cultures in Germany.

For our first project, we selected an Ethiopian fairy tale and translated it into German. Fairy tale books need pictures, an illustrator is currently designing these for us. Once the books are printed, all interested children can get to know the story, hear it told, see it performed, and: get the fairy tale book as a gift! 

Fairy tales - Narrative project in primary schools

Fairy tales are an essential building block in child development. They are especially important in intercultural education: intuitively, children feel the commonalities and the connectivity of the fairy tales more strongly than the differences and perhaps foreignness. And all children can feel represented by a fairy tale from their homeland!

Fairy tales help children from different cultures to get to know each other and to see how many things we all have in common! When fairy tales are told or acted out, they are easy even for children with (as yet) little knowledge of German to understand. Fairy tales from all over the world are to become an integral part of language classes in primary schools, and that is what we want to apply ourselves to. We design projects in this area, cooperate with schools, and provide financial support.

Even though music is not (yet) their profession, the boys and girls of the children’s choir at the Unter den Linden Opera House have a powerful presence. The traditional ensemble has gained major recognition over the last few years. The members, aged between eight and sixteen, appear in operas like “La Bohème”, “Tosca”, “Hansel and Gretel” and “Die Frau ohne Schatten” and sing in their own concerts with the symphony orchestra, but also with piano accompaniment and a cappella. Invitations to sing with other great orchestras, including foreign orchestras (in the USA, Argentina, China, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam) speak for themselves, as do awards at national and international choir competitions (e.g. 1st prize at the German Choir Competition 2014).

Kinderchor Staatsoper minified© Vinzenz Weissenburger

World Children’s Day Festival on 22/9/2019 - The SARIAS Foundation got involved!

On 22/9/2019, the party to celebrate German World Children’s Day was held at Potsdamer Platz in glorious summer weather. The annual event is organised by the German Child Welfare Organisation. This year, the great many visitors of all sizes were once again met with a vast array of demonstrations, games, arts and crafts, competitions and much more...

Our foundation contributed to the party with a special offering for all lovers of fairytales. Over in our tent, the storyteller Britta Behrens told and performed the Ethiopian fairytale, “The jackal and the goat’s little calf”. Each hour a number of children were able to enthusiastically share in the thrills of the entertaining story, as they learned how the African animals resolve their argument about the calf, who tells the truth and who doesn’t!

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The illustrator Julie Chovin with her work

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The storyteller Britta Behrens in action

The National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Turkey in Berlin

The National Youth Philharmonic Orchestra of Turkey, with the support of its main sponsor, the Sabanci Foundation (, gave a concert in Berlin on 24 July 2019 which was met with great applause.

The concert took place as part of the Young Euro Classic festival in the Konzerthaus Berlin. Under the direction of its conductor Cem Mansur, the orchestra performed pieces by Carl Maria v. Weber, Sergei Rachmaninow, Füsun Köksal and Ludwig van Beethoven with great enthusiasm.

The SARIAS Foundation also supported this successful youth orchestra's Berlin concert and is delighted to have contributed to its success.