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WELCOME TO BITTERFELD: Our festival program is online!

WELCOME TO BITTERFELD: Our festival program is online! You can expect an exciting, diverse program of theater and music pieces, films, installations, workshops, talks, excursions to interesting places of Bitterfeld’s industrial history and its present, as well as meetings with artists on the beach of Lake Goitzsche. From July 1 to 17, our festival in Bitterfeld explores and celebrates the „East“ as a landscape of change for people, nature and coexistence. A special focus lies on the history of labor and the traces that this history has drawn into the landscape. Don’t miss it!

Tickets for stage plays, films and workshops can be purchased now directly via the festival calendar and, starting May 12, also at the City and Tourism Information Office of the City of Bitterfeld-Wolfen. Many events are free of charge.

We hope you enjoy discovering the program!!!


New Festival-Website: www.osten-festival.de

OSTEN has a new digital home! From now on you can find all information concerning the festival and the cultural network behind it, as well as the participating artists and your visit to the festival online at www.osten-festival.de. Our festival programme, including all theatre and music pieces, films, talks, workshops and excursions, will be announced on 5 May. From this day on, tickets for plays, films and workshops will be available for purchase online and at the Bitterfeld-Wolfen city and tourist information office. Many events are free of charge.

Scholarship from the Federal Environment Agency (Umweltbundesamt), the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation and Kulturpark e.V. for artists in cooperation with scientists and contemporary witnesses

Bitterfeld-Wolfen represents the exploitation of nature as well as the rapid change after ’89/90 and a successful ecological redevelopment. Industrialisation, a change of political system, economic upheaval and ecological consciousness raising have left their mark – on the people as well as on the landscape. How can this change be mediated? And what future can emerge from it? In cooperation with the Federal Environment Agency and the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, we are offering a tandem scholarship to find out.

Three artists will be given the opportunity to develop a project in Bitterfeld for two months together with scientists and contemporary witnesses. The project will be shown at our OSTEN festival from 1 to 17 July. Two experts from the Federal Environmental Agency (Umweltbundesamt, UBA), who work in the Federal Environmental Specimen Bank, and a former employee of the UBA, who herself comes from Wolfen, will be taking part. In addition to the monthly work scholarship and a travel allowance, the scholarship also includes accommodation at the Bauhaus Foundation from May 15 to July 17, 2022.

Do you know artists who might be eligible for the project or would you like to apply yourself? It would be great, if you could share our public tender or send your application documents to tandemstipendium@uba.de by 21 February 2022. More information is available here.

„PICK UP AN INSTRUMENT!“

NEW MUSICIANS, INSTRUMENTS AND STORIES WANTED!
In July 2022, the festival OSTEN is to take place in Bitterfeld-Wolfen. Together with the music school „Gottfried Kirchhoff“ the composer and director Ari Benjamin Meyers has a special plan: He wants to found a factory orchestra. If the slogan of the Bitterfeld Way 60 years ago was „Reach for the pen, buddy!“, now it’s „Reach for the instrument!“ In keeping with the tradition of the former Workers‘ Symphony Orchestra. What’s special here is that in this orchestra, the children are the teachers. They teach adults basic skills on their instrument. Together, they create an orchestra that is all about one thing: learning to listen to each other. And not taking themselves too seriously. Ari Benjamin Meyers writes a composition for the new orchestra. In the end, there will be a world premiere at the international arts festival.

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