* Silent Night – how the culture in Saxony deals with the closings
Theaters are orphaned, orchestras and choirs are silent, there is no reading in literature houses. Tickets were sold until Friday and had to be returned on Monday. The decided “breakwater” hits most cultural institutions in Saxony unprepared. Before the first Advent, not only the Christmas markets should open, but also the culture houses traditionally start their Christmas programs this week. Countless pieces, performances and concerts have been canceled or are up for grabs. artour draws a picture of the mood of a cultural landscape in a state of emergency and talks to, among others, Andreas Reize (Thomaskantor), Ulf Schirmer (Leipzig Opera) and Enrico Lübbe (Schauspielhaus) about the situation for artists and the audience.
Author: Petra Böhm
* War playgrounds – military camps for children in Poland
A little boy, covered in blood and lifeless, leans against the wall unit of a school, a submachine gun on his lap. Natalia Kepesz took the photo last summer. Not in Syria, not in Africa, but in the country where she grew up: in Poland, in the middle of the EU. The child is just playing dead. It is in the middle of an exercise at a children’s military camp. The scenario: a terrorist attack. The children and young people have to rescue the injured, find the terrorists and liquidate them. In uniform, armed with airsoft guns that look amazingly real. And the whole thing should also feel real. This paramilitary summer camp is just one of the countless facilities that have just become extremely popular in Poland. There are weekend clubs, two-week camps or pre-military training camps for young people who later want to become professional soldiers or police officers.
The photographer Natalia Kepesz, herself the mother of a teenage daughter, found out about this leisure activity, which is increasingly popular with parents and children, by chance. She has photographed several times in such clubs and camps, accompanied the exercises and tried again and again to tear the children out of the scenario for a moment and look into the camera. Natalia Kepesz’s series “Niewybuch” (Eng. “Duds”) has received numerous prizes, including the World Press Photo Award. In a subtle and quiet way, she asks what is happening in her home country.
Author: Dennis Wagner
* Stollen: About the curse and blessing of tradition in the Ore Mountains
Is tradition the greatest honor or the greatest misfortune? The documentary “Stollen” draws the psychogram of the Christmas Ore Mountains, which, 30 years after the change between old customs and economic interests, is struggling for its identity with new mountain shouts. Is it all just a huge tourist check-in or is it really a deep sense of tradition? Who are “the Erzgebirglers” who like to be perceived as very idiosyncratic and stubborn. And what does it do with people who to this day have the feeling of being abandoned, on the edge of the world, a bit forgotten by the rest of the world.
This is what the film by the young director Laura Reichwald tries to fathom. For her graduation film at the Babelsberg Film School, she researched the Ore Mountains for 1.5 years and got very close to the people in the village of Pöhla and created a portrait of this place and its inhabitants, which can exemplify the self-image of the entire region.
Author: Anett Friedrich
* Break over: Pop star Adele is back – and how?
What can I do against the pain of a divorce? Fitness and a new album? Adele lost 40 pounds and wrote 12 songs. “30” is the name of their fourth album, which is now released after a six-year break. On it, the Queen of Heartbreak no longer only makes music for people who are in grief. This time she sings of her own grief, of a time when her dream of an intact family broke and her life “changed completely”. How do you turn grief into art – pop music?
Author: Lutz Pehnert
* Cultural calendar
– Trasse – the construction of the century – film on November 28th on MDR television and in the media library
– Book tip: Anna Haifisch. The Artist: Ode to the pen
– CD Tip: Till Brönner – Christmas
Author: Julia Ribbe