Sun Flower Festival 2009
The Sun Flower Festival created a platform, where adolescent participants had the possibility to meet a lot of other people with different cultural backgrounds and artistic dispositions. As a multifaceted music- and culture festival, the Sun Flower Festival offered a program with international music and eccentric cultural features on several stages. Theatre and recitals, puppet shows and performance art as well as jugglery and fire artistry acted as a frame for all kinds of musical features from all over Europe. Families with their kids were also included, and had their own program with gaming trucks, storytellers, puppet theatre and creative offers, which they could take part in and try out.
In the preparing of the festival, some honorary working groups mapped the allocation of several stages. They attached great importance to a sophisticated and attractive program, which combined different cultural divisions creatively and granted space to new artistic forms of expression. Aside from professional artists, especially young regional bands and active laymen had the possibility to introduce themselves to an interested audience. Also visitors had the opportunity to present their facilities on the open stage.
An important part of the festival was the international networking of teens. For this the organisers arranged an international youth movement. For four weeks 150 youngsters aged 16-25 years from Freiberg and Saxony lived together with about 50 young guests from all over the world in a camp on the festival area. Essential content of this meeting were projects for supporting a cultural exchange and transnational cultural cooperation as well as projects for the practical preparation of the Sun Flower Festival.
During the Sun Flower Festival workshops and creative offers dominated the program on all days of this event. All visitors of the festival were empowered to take part in courses like drumming, theatre, jugglery, fire artistry, beatboxing, sculptural forming, bodypainting or the kids' program, together with the participants of the youth movement. All of these offers were supported by professional leaders of the workshops. The visitors and participants gained an insight into the fascination and variety of possibilities getting active in the cultural design of their environment. In this way art and culture could become sustainable.
Running parallel to the international youth movement in Freiberg, multimedia-, theatre- and artisting-projects took place. These offers were incorporated in the youth movement and Sun Flower Festival spacially and content-related. Another 50 teens took part in this subsidiary working group. The special topics of these projects enriched the supported cultural exchange and development of new forms of art and culture with manifold interesting aspects.
Jugend- & Kulturprojekt e.V. cooperated with several associations and initiatives. This networking of existing organisations (for example the outreach youth work in the countryside of the county Freiberg, the initiative Dipol Freiberg, Treibhaus Döbeln e.V. and Vereinigung Junger Freiwilliger e.V. in Berlin) was an important highlight of regional culture- and youth work.
Project venue: Freiberg (Sachsen)
Project period: 10.07.- 05.08.2009
This project was funded by Kulturraum Mittelsachsen, Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, Kulturamt Freiberg, Sparkasse Freiberg and Wir für Sachsen.