“Fields of Cultures” – the cultural programme of the German Pavilion

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The federal states are also represented with their own cultural and culinary highlights

Artists and performers from the whole of Germany will travel to the world exposition as part of the German Pavilion’s cultural programme at Expo Milano 2015. The programme is orientated to the concept of the pavilion: “Fields of Cultures, Growing Ideas. Germany. Surprising. Exceptional.” It is under this motto that the Frankfurt agency Voss+Fischer, together with cultural managers Mike P. Heisel and Wolfgang Weyand, developed the programme which focuses on Germany’s young cultural and artistic scene – also in the sense of an innovative and surprising image of Germany.

A special key area is the “Fields of Music”. Top musical acts include Roger Cicero, Laith Al-Deen, Glasperlenspiel, Nevio Passaro and Mrs. Greenbird. However, the German Pavilion’s cultural stage will also present many newcomers and winners of well-known new talent competitions (e.g. “Talented”) and bands which have been awarded by sponsoring institutions (e.g. “Initiative Musik”). Sundays will be dedicated to bands and soloists from Germany’s rich and diverse jazz scene.

The “Fields of Art” will present current productions and performances from Germany’s contemporary theatre and arts scene including the renowned Xtra Large ensemble. The waiting time to get into the pavilion will be shortened by Walking Acts, which also offer a teaser of what the main stage programme has to offer.

The “Fields of Dance” have an interactive nature whereby the public is encouraged to get involved and is guided by dance professionals which enable them to join in the dancing.

On several evenings of the week, the “Fields of Film” will present current works by German film makers on the large LED screen of the pavilion stage. Viewers will be able to enjoy contributions to important festivals such as the LaMeko Film Festival and the short film festival “Shorts at Moonlight” as well as highlights including the hit comedy “Das Wunder von Bern” (The Miracle of Bern).

The “Fields of Literature” focus on language and will also feature Germany’s well known poetry slam protagonists Bas Böttcher, Frank Braun, Dalibor Marcovic and Lars Ruppel who will perform their creative contributions for the cultural programme of the German Pavilion.

“Fields of Games” is the result of the 21st century’s cultural development and a very important one when seen against the background of the technological perspectives of IT and the internet. Gaming champions will use the LED screen for their interactive and entertaining acts which will include the latest products, highlights and trends and will be inspirational for gaming enthusiasts of all age groups and playing levels.

Federal state days and weeks

Highlights in the German Pavilion will also be provided by the federal states which will be taking part with their own cultural programme: fashion shows, starred chefs, musicals, fairy tales and own menus in the Symphonie restaurant ensure a wide variety. The events will also incorporate official visits by figures from the worlds of politics, research and business which will steer the audience’s attention to the respective region as a tourism and business location. The first of these special days will be held by Lower Saxony, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and Saxony-Anhalt: Lower Saxony on 15 and 16 May, Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania from 18 to 25 May and Saxony-Anhalt from 27 to 31 May. This will be followed by Berlin on 20 to 26 June and Rhineland-Palatinate from 16 to 19 July. From the end of August it will be Thuringia (31/08 – 06/09), Hesse (07/09 – 13/09) and North Rhine-Westphalia (24/09 – 26/09) in Milan. The series will finish with Bavaria from 5 to 11 October.

Further information on the cultural programme available on the homepage of the German Pavilion:

www.expo2015-germany.de/de/pavillon/veranstaltungen.

Background information on the German Pavilion at the 2015 World Exhibition in Milan

Large-scale, universal world exhibitions are held every five years in rotation with smaller expos. The upcoming World Expo in Milan follows Shanghai (2010), Aichi (2005) and Hanover (2000). Expo 2015 showcases the theme “Feeding the planet, energy for life”. It dispenses with prestigious monumental buildings, presenting itself rather as a sustainable Agrofood Park. The German Pavilion “Fields of Ideas” has the motto “Be active”.

On behalf of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, Messe Frankfurt has been entrusted with the organisation and running of the German Pavilion at Expo 2015 in Milan. The design, planning and realisation of the German Pavilion have been taken on by the ARGE, a consortium made up of Milla & Partner (Stuttgart), Schmidhuber (Munich) and Nüssli Deutschland (Roth near Nuremberg). Milla & Partner is responsible for the content concept as well as the design of the exhibition and media. Schmidhuber is responsible for the pavilion’s spatial concept, its architecture and general planning and Nüssli for project management and construction.

Under the programme management of Wolfgang Weyand and Mike P. Heisel Voss+Fischer is responsible for the cultural programme of the German Pavilion.

The Expo site is being built close to the existing Milan exhibition centre. The world exhibition will remain open for six months – from 1 May to 31 October 2015.

For more information, please visit our website at www.expo2015-germany.de

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