Among other plans we had the idea, in the context of the opening of the DJH youth hostel Prora, to organize a festival with all the artists who present their craftsmanship to the audience on the streets. During their performances they collect money in a hat, and all too often it is a 'tough go' to live on that.
Nevertheless there are many single artists and groups who are exceptional at what they do, and some careers have started 'on the road'.
We have been inspired by (fortunately, in the meantime) existing miscellaneous festivals all over Europe and collected countless addresses of street musicians, street artists, jugglers, clowns and comedians. We spotted tremendous performances at Piccadilly Circus in London, at the Ramblas in Barcelona or at the Festival de Théatre de Rue in the french town of Aurillac. The funniest and most relaxing moments of getting to know each other were on bridges, over the river Seine in Paris, the river Liffey in Dublin, the river Vltava in Prague or the river Aare in swiss Berne.
After following discussions with relevant local institutions and the German Youth Hostel Association, the idea became concrete: Why not organizing a festival in the different areas of the site? We are all fascinated by the imagination of inviting international artists from as many countries as possible to present a wide range of global culture at this historic place.