There's a political trend at the moment that consists of »rediscovering«, »developing« rural places and re-capturing »disconnected« regions through the means of art. This is reflected in various funding programmes explicitly made for rural areas. We're excited about these programmes, but we also have to point something out: The independent performing arts have been making a significant contribution to essential arts and culture beyond urban structures all along. This kind of work is part of our genesis – we've been there for a long time, on the go on the ground as believers in the arts. We also have a strong connection to the audience there. We know the issues and places, and where the problems lie. What can policy-makers learn from us? What works and what doesn't? And what do we think about the political trend of »rediscovering rural areas«?
As an introduction to the topic two experts will share their insights: Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider, University Hildesheim, from a scientific angle and Georg Kistner, Dramaturgy Theater Lindenhof, from day to day work experience. Afterwards Georg Kasch, cultural journalist, will host a talk with Cornelia Unrauh, Allerhand Theater, and Ulrike Seybold, member of the board of the German Association of Independent Performing Arts and director of the Landesverband Freier Theater Niedersachsen and Uwe Lübking, alderman responsible for social and cultural affairs and education in the Deutschen Städte- und Gemeindebund ((German Association of Towns and Municipalities).).
The event will be held in German and will be translated simultaneously into English. There is no need to register for the event.