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  • Towards Soltvadkert
    red cross beds together to return them to the Katastrophen Lager the warehouse for catastrophies On the ship for a few days alone and with little contact to the outside world we were a bit like the artists refugee camp a term coined by Patrick from the Netherlands when he saw all the red cross beds in the very large container type of room on the ship By 6 30 we had packed the trailer and got all other bits and pieces together On the road for Würzburg Nurnberg Passau Linz and Vienna Then in to Hungary to Budapest and then south to Soltvadkert Through the work together and the travelling faces began to get a name as the artists got to know each other The process of understanding and feeling the other began a micro cosmos of Europeans with a similar attitude perhaps even fate to embark on a trip like the Culture Trail On arrival we were met by Lajos Soltvadkerts culture figure head and a whole bunch of lovely people who have volunteered to put us all up in their homes After a fast introduction all our weary bodies were whisped away to different homes Bekir the

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  • Soltvadkert- Festival, day 1
    each word in communication a difficult topic they well understood and discussed with enthusiasm At 11am Patrick came in to the culture house to do some work in uploading photos and reports and sending them out to Lincoln and Deventer and also to the European House of Arts webmaster He realized he had lost the battery to the cam corder and searched his bag and then went to his accomodation to search high and low His late night dancing session with the Hungarian folk group yesterday and their palinka had taken its toll and he only got out of the pickle as one of the festival team found it or should I say bought it back of the young guys who found it She paid them 2000 Forint for it which is about 9 Euros and saved us the trouble of having to go to Budapest two hours away and buy a new one for 120 Euros Patrick has a new family name Palinka All s well that ends well and we all went to eat at the school cantine together The afternoon childrens open air fun time was packed and began with the results of the Irish dance workshop on the stage next to the school and then the local dance group with performances with an adult group and a childrens group who showed their talent and did a wonderful performance There were many stands for children to get face painting done and other childrens activitiers like the old traditional egg and spoon race The Theatre gave another game workshop for the kids and then a thunder storm quietened things down around mid afternoon A short breather for all and then the show goes on A children s song competition began and all of them got a prize And

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  • Soltvadkert- Festival, day 2
    a professional painter and Miguel although a drummer got Beas whole studio to himself Plenty of space with a table football game When we got to Bekirs host family there was already cake on the table for us to eat Iren the mother of Bekirs host family speaks Russian and we interviewed them speaking Russian Although Patrick and Bob didnt understand what on Earth they were talking about the situation was very nice and the cake tasted great Ingo is staying at a host family of mother and daughter and grandmother Ingo is a typical bachelor and his jeans are all a bit worn out So grandma after washing his clothes set about repairing all the holes and worn out parts of all three trousers he has on the Culture Trail Marianna the mother has shelves full of medals and cups for diving competitions all over the world She came to Hungary 22 years ago from Romania and granny has been with her now for the past few years The last one on the list was Peter His host family is also a wine making family called Farkas who makes his own palinka as well as cheese and all sorts of sausage meat The grandfather of the family was interviewed with Peter together and although they do not understand what the other is really saying their communication functions perfectly Except that Peter cannot keep up with Papa Farkas when the palinka bottle comes out During the afternoon Philippe Ingo Miguel Jonathan and Peter met the local Roma musicians and jammed with them everyone picking up some new ideas and enjoying playing together Robert continued his experimental meetings with the local dance group and at 4pm a round table discussion began on the topic of Europe About 60 people were present

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  • On the way to Schwemsal
    their host families and the odour of paprika sausage tomato garlic and spring onion mingled in the air with the freshness of the early morning smell of awakening flowers Some of the guest families and translators were helping with loading whilst others were boiling water for a final coffee Lajos was doing final translations for everyone and gathering last information snippets and finally being able to bathe in the wave of his own success in having done so much to make it all work in his home town Soltvadkert Peters grandpa host Papa came along with a big plastic bag and gave each artist half a litre of his best white wine Lajos translated one last time what Papa had to say that all of us are welcome anytime to his home the door will always be open to sleep eat and have a glass of his best As we drove away our Hungarian friends were all standing their with handkerchiefs in their hands waving to us as they huddled together on the steps of the Culture House The sun shone and Papa s words rang in our ears as we disapeared into the distant vinyards on road 54 to the highway between Szeged and Budapest the Culture Trail continues The road to Schwemsal was easy Hungary to the Slowak Republic then on to the Chzech Republic by passing Prague and on past Dresden and Leipzig to go deep into the natural park of Düben where Schwemsal lays nested in a green paradies of biotops Our host family was already waiting for us as we arrived We are all staying in the organisers family guest house We unloaded the vans got the technical equipment into the hall the luggage into our rooms and the kilos of Paprika sausage and cheese

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  • Schwemsal Festival
    piece from Teatro Punto Everyone really enjoyed the atmosphere and the mixing of artists and visitors When we got back to the accomodation Ute had already prepared an evening snack and we washed it down with some of the Hungarian wine A few conversations began about the sense of the Culture Trail and it was generally agreed that although a few minor mishaps took place here and there the voyage has been a great success and all the artists organisers and visitors felt very strongly that this is really a good way to bring Europe together through its diversity in art and culture but with care and respect between the people Schwemsal 2 June 2010 We were all able to sleep in a bit this morning The school in Bad Düben wasn t expecting us until 10 30 am and the venue in Schwemsal would not be open to public before 2 pm When we got to the school one of the little boys who attended the theater workshops the day before came running up to Judith and hugged her for a minute or two He was obviously so happy that it made us all feel our endeavors were being honoured in the nicest way Soon the entrance hall was a bubbling pool of about seventy children again all burning to do a workshop again As the children for the art workshop were ready to go a teacher asked them to go up to the art room and a storm of young energy bolted up the stairs The rest of the children were divided into two groups for the theater and the Irish dance workshops As the last of the little monkeys disappeared to their various stations Ute and Bob retired to the directors room where a discussion began on diverse topics including education institutional support programs art in the school being taught by professional artists in certain programs and of course what the Culture Trail means to a school like theirs The director spoke of the budget fights on the educational side of things but genererally speaking the cooperation with the funding institutions seems to be all right But as soon as art comes on the table matters change and support becomes extremely difficult On top of it all the economic crisis gets used as an excuse to cut back majorly here It is felt by many people including the director that the real meaning of art can only be understood through something like the Culture Trail bringing a variety of art discilplines offered by a multi cultural art group into the hearts of the people Not distant like at a normal art exhibition where the artist normaly only appears for the vernissage Rather where a hands on pragmatical approach is taken by the participating artists to meet mix and integrate with the people around them be it through workshops with the children and adults performances where the artists are present before and after the show for a considerable

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  • Towards Mönchenholzhausen
    Back on the highway just twenty kilometers further down we continued our journey with no further interferences Grzegorz asked if it would be possible to get to a doctor His ears were aching and he couln t hear very well After finding out he had had the problem for two days and HOW it had happened we had to surpress the funny side of the story and be first concerned with getting him back on track He had slept three nights in a double room with Robert Robert not only snores like an old Lancaster plane from WWII but he adds a certain overtone much like an expecting mother whale Arriving in Mönchenholzhausen we unloaded the vans and trailer and then Bob took Grzegorz to the hospital The doctor examined him and soon found the problem Problem solved we got back to Mönchenholzhausen to meet the others who were waiting for us to leaver together for our accomodation in Weimar We have acomodation in Mönchenholzhausen starting tomorrow and our host for the next festival point in Weimar agreed to take us in for the night in the railway museum All the artists had heard from Bob that we will be in a museum exhibiting playing and sleeping But they all thought it would be a modern building with one or two old wagons in it They didn t expect a real live engine turntable junction with mechanics pits and all the works and that each locomotive still runs The idea to exhibit here brought on excitement and astonishment to Patrick whose words were It is going to be a real challenge to put on a fine exhibition here in such a short time but his eyes glowed and it was obvious that he would make a good show out of

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  • First Day Mönchenholzhausen
    in our ears now We headed on back to the main venue and the centre of the festival which is the village pub and restaurant Mario was busy cooking and Annette doing different chores from office work to fetching things or bringing something They have been the right hand for Bob s idea to bring an art festival into their village After lunch the artists were shown to their new homes 3 double rooms in the village guest house were sponsored A further family took in Robert another Bob another yet again the inseperable Patrick and Bekir the festival commitee s photographer Jürgen took in Judith and Antonio and Christian and Sandra took in Grzegorz After that the band took a trip into Erfurt while the theater prepared for their performance Grzegorz was in the church with his zithers and preparing his performance just before the theatre Pani Drewniok from Poland is a painter and graphist She has been here in the village for a week already with an exhibition in the main venue Bob met her in Poland through her son Adam the bass player in a band Bob has often toured with Carrantuohill Bekir and Patrick are exhibiting in the fire brigades house and the contrast in art is just amazing and wonderful to see Patrick thought up some spontaneous installation work adding to his rather illustrious works he made extra for the tour The theater group wanted to set up outside and so there was a make shift forum made for them that actually looked great when all hands had finished helping Philippe Peter the other inseperable couple Miguel Ingo Bob Jonathan Bekir Patrick and many other of the festival team from Mönchenholzhausen Bob and Patrick set about transfering data again and soon after Grzegorz s concert

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  • Second Day Mönchenholzhausen
    the Nazareth Church in Dresden Ten men lead by their female director Anegrit who spend their free time working on songs and bringing joy to others In the meantime the workshops in Irish dancing and painting had begun Robert had a few adults who are a part of an Irish dance group in Dresden and they did a complete workout Bekir and Patrick had a whole group of children who thoroughly took pleasure in transforming the bus stop shelter into a work of art They created the image of the Culture Trail logo with the shape of Europe and big stars where the festivals are taking place The exhibition in the building of the fire brigade was beginning to become an attraction thanks to the clowns who had set up their spot right next to the door to the exhibition room In the afternoon a tent next to the pub became an attraction and after a further church concert with Klara and Bettina with medieval music on harps and lute horn whistle and dulcimer everyone met at the tent for home made cakes and coffee The village ladies had baked such delicacies which was accompanied by Lady Sou and the Swinging Banjoman music for an outdoor enjoyment all round The afternoon program was completed with a group of five young people from Jena who all had their own literature pieces to put forward An inter active literature event that caught not only the attraction of many but gave them all a new feeling toward the written and spoken word The evening was then opened by Bob Bales and his Unbelievable World Music Orchestra Philippe from France Peter from Germany Ingo and Miguel from Spain and Jonathan from the Netherlands The music is a mix of European rhythms with free solo

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