Ilvesheim: concerts in complete darkness – Mannheim and the Rhine-Neckar metropolitan region – news and current affairs

By Nicoline Pilz

Ilvesheim. The “Black Salon” in the Castle School in Ilvesheim opens its doors again this year. The series of events “Culture in the Dark” in the state special education and counseling center with the focus on seeing is now in its 19th edition.

“There is nothing to see in the cultural offerings, but there is a lot to experience,” emphasizes Gunter Bratzel. The educator brought the culture series into being as a school work group after a project week. The appearances in the “Black Salon” take you into a world that is not poorer, but different, says Bratzel. “We invite the guests to an extraordinary encounter with the world of experience of blind people and a fascinating journey into the darkness, which allows the senses to be experienced in a new way,” emphasizes the teacher.

Paul Gerlinger is a guest at the “Schwarzer Salon” on September 27th. Photo: zg

Since the start of the series, many artists have performed year after year – and they all like to come back. In order to make it easier to immerse yourself in the world of blind people, schoolchildren take the visitors by the hand and lead them to their seat. The bar is also managed by the students. The artists come from several European countries and even Canada this season.

> Wednesday, September 27, Paul Gerlinger: “It’s a stroke of luck for us to open this year’s series of Kultur im Dunkeln with him and to be able to devote ourselves to this pithy voice without being disturbed. The lyrics are profound, individual – and yet everyone recognizes themselves in them”; says bratzel. Admission twelve euros.

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> Tuesday, October 24, Richard Andersson: The bass player and composer from Copenhagen is one of the most interesting figures on the Danish jazz scene. In cooperation with Enjoy Jazz Festival for Jazz and More. Admission: 20 euros.

> Thursday, November 16, John Beton & the five hole blocks: The Holeblocks show is a homage to good humor: impressive vocals, an incredible avalanche of ideas, outrageously idiotic costumes (all described at length because of the darkness), addictive pop arrangements and a gigantic dose of “humorronieasmus” (humor, irony and… Sarcasm). Admission: 15 euros.

> Thursday, January 11, 2024, Mick Strauss with Jennifer Hutt: They write and perform music for film, theatre, dance, art installations and radio. Admission: 15 euros.

> Tuesday, January 30, 2024, Kliffs (Montreal Pop): Mark Bérubé and Kristina Koropecki met in a rehearsal room in Montreal. The Berlin-based duo have toured Canada and Europe numerous times together. They will rearrange some of their songs specifically for the dark. Admission: 15 euros.

> Tuesday, February 6, 2024, Improvisation Theater Drama light: With humor and the right amount of drama, the actors and actresses address the subject of youth and old age, then and now. As always, the moods, emotions and keywords from the hall are recorded for the scenes and stories. The audience can expect a spontaneous, theatrical evening full of memories of youth. Admission: 15 euros.

> Thursday, March 7th, Open Stage – Surprise coup at the end of the season: Every courageous artist can and may present themselves on this evening. You don’t need a full-length program. On the contrary, the evening thrives on its diversity: whether poetry slam, reading, music, song, dance or play. Since all performances take place in the dark, it is pointed out that the contributions should be a maximum of 15 minutes, acoustic and without electronic aids. In order to guarantee the audience a great variety and to be able to coordinate the contributions, we ask that they be sent by e-mail to [email protected] by February 2nd, 2024.

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Info: Tickets are available now, reservations at: Schloss-Schule, Schloss-Straße 23, 68549 Ilvesheim, telephone: 0621/49 69 0, Internet: Information about the artists at

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