How do I make myself a violin? What actually happens to broken instruments? Can garbage also make magical sounds? Huh – you can make your own instruments out of vegetables?

We want to look at these and many other questions across borders. Making music together is always possible, even without real instruments, without being in one place, in the middle of a pandemic and with completely different sound ideas. We also want to use the uncomplicated nature of music to learn about creative approaches to sustainability issues. In thinking about a better future, we need what works so well in jamming, conducting, improvising, and so on. A mix of freedom, innovation and discipline.

Making music together also means getting to know each other, bringing different things together, developing a new variation on what is already known. And all of this is happening now with our new friends from Scotland: The Govanhill Baths are a neighborhood project in the middle of Glasgow with which we share a lot of similarities. There, too, they are interested in circular economy, organize creative workshops with different people and get involved in artistic-activist experiments with space in the city. Exciting! So let’s go to the UK – let’s see if we can go in!?

We just don’t see why everything should suddenly be completely different with the Brexit. So we got together and founded the ensemble Upvention – to make something new out of something old, but better. Maybe that will work with Europe, too. And if not across the board, then at least with us and the other partnerships of the new Cultural Bridge.

Cultural Bridge is a funding program of Fonds Soziokultur, Arts Council England, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts Council of Wales/Wales Arts International, of Creative Scotland and Goethe-Institut London. We’re delighted to be part of it.

Photo Selection: Das Pandharmonium. Photos: Luis Krummenacher.

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Title photo: Luis Krummenacher, S27 – Kunst und Bildung
Portfolio photo: Kathrin Glatz, S27 – Kunst und Bildung