Time for a cup of coffee? Tea? For the duration
of the festival the Volksgarten Pavilion opens its doors and turns into
a place where everyone is welcome, presenting itself as the exemplary
heart of the Arrival City of Graz..
You can already see from afar that there is something going on in the
Volksgarten-Pavillon. A colourful and inviting construction stands in
front of the building, which has been conceived by the London-based duo
Morag Myerscough & Luke Morgan.
The front yard and the interior of the pavilion have been redesigned into
areas for multiple uses. Coordinated by Daniela Brasil and Studio Magic,
many people have jointly worked on this.
Apart from tea from the samovar and coffee, each week from Thursday to
Sunday there will be readings, presentations, musical events, workshops
and round table talks – always accompanied, of course, by a cup
of coffee or tea. The host of the day welcomes you!
Dance into the Pavilion
After the official opening on 24th September, the programme starts with
a Festivity for Everybody on Sunday, 25th September. “The Dance
into the Pavilion” is gastronomically accompanied by the “GeschichtenKüche”
(Kitchen of Stories). Maryam Mohammadi, Kate Howlett-Jones and Evi Papanagiotou
have collected recipes from all over the world together with women from
Graz. You can sample them at the festival and in the Restaurant Bakaliko
at Lendplatz over the subsequent three weeks.
Take part, join in, give it a try: Samowar Café invites you to
Activity, Nayarí Castillo runs a delivery point for “Gifts
for Graz” and Mário José Santos Soares collects quotes
for the “Ginkgo Wish Tree”.
Workshops and other activities you can participate in are on the programme!
Narratives of Arrival and Staying
Every day at 15.00, people who moved to Graz in different times will tell
you about their arrival and their experiences with their new hometown.
The narratives forge a bridge over sixty years of immigration history..
Numerous initiatives from Graz will organise individual afternoons and
evenings: KAMA, heidenspass, Crossroads, Frauenservice Graz, Stadtteilprojekt
Annenviertel, LernKwa.tier, Forum im Forum, JUKUS. Many dates in the programme
are dedicated to the projects of visual artists.
The events are based on the idea of creating chances to meet, for people
of different generations and regardless of their origins.
Moreover, the “House of Open Gates” invites you to bring people
together with your own ideas!
Two evenings will critically deal with Graz as a place of arrival.
The “Open Forum 1” proposes a vision of the future: Could
“urban citizenship” be a model for all residents of Graz,
hence also for newly arrived people?
The “Open Forum 2” puts the state of welcome culture in Graz
up for discussion.
After short initial presentations, experts will be present to discuss
these subjects with the audience.
Fourteen intensive programme days start with a festivity and close with
a festivity: “New Graz Party – Staying Together“. Even
though the “House of Open Gates” closes, the work continues,
in order to make Graz the best possible city of arrival and staying!
Find the exact schedule here.
Co-produced by steirischer
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