Host organizations: Thalia Theater Halle, Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, Literaturbüro Freiburg, Pop Büro Region Stuttgart, and Cultural Affairs Department Nuremberg
October 2007, Görlitz (Germany)
A new street car connection was created at the train station in Görlitz: For two days, the street car line 2 became the setting for an unusual, interactive cultural festival that "traveled" through Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, Albania, and Poland.
Passengers, visitors of the MitOst Festival, and passersby were invited to come on a virtual journey through five cities in Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe. The train visited five stations where there were symbolic presentations for Saratov in Russia, Chernivtsi in Ukraine, Burgas in Bulgaria, Shkodër in Albania, and Gdańsk in Poland. The journey ended in the border town of Görlitz.
The journey was accompanied by a radio play using text by Katerina Burtniak, a young author from Ukraine, contemporary video installations by Albanian artists and music from all five countries. The individual cities were presented with photo exhibitions at the stations. Multiple cultural interactions created the atmosphere of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe.
In "Czernowitz. Ukraine," Oksana Shpylka played street music on the sopilka, the traditional Ukrainian flute. The artists Silvana Toneva (Sofia) and Alexander Tiller (Berlin) presented "The Restaurant at the End of the Universe" - an improvised restaurant/café where visitors were offered Bulgarian specialties. This work was inspired by a Bulgarian phenomenon of opening cafés and stores at will in all the vacant corners and alcoves throughout a city. In "Bulgarien. Burgas" visitors saw a film about the Bulgarian city. Director Dimitar Taralejkov was present himself, playing music and including the audience. In "Danzig. Polen," Jaroslaw Max Szwoch presented his video documentation "Gdańsk - Die Stadt in Bewegung" ("Gdansk - Moving City").
Albanian artists presented video installations that represented critical artistic reflections on the political, social, and cultural trends in Albania and especially the city of Shkodër. This included a classical concert with young Ukrainian musicians in the Apollo Theater Görlitz on the first day. One of the pieces, "Stille Lieder," was a composition by Valentin Silverstrov, one of the most well known contemporary composers in the Ukraine.
With support from: MitOst e.V., Verkehrsgesellschaft Görlitz, Kultours e.V., Robert Bosch Stiftung, Fonds Soziokultur, Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen, the European Commission - Youth in Action