Cultural summer events start today
Opening event features music, street theater in center of Kaiserslautern

***image1***The state of Rheinland-Pfalz officially starts its cultural summer 2006 under the motto “World Champions” today through Sunday in Kaiserslautern.

Approximately one month before the FIFA World Cup 2006, artists from 11 participating World Cup countries turn the center of town into a playing field for border-crossing encounters. Theater and music from France, England, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Poland, Brazil, Togo, Korea, the United States and Germany lure visitors out to streets, squares, stages, to Fruchthalle and the Pfalztheater. The entertaining program also includes a chorus mile in the city center, musical prayers in Martin’s Church, a children’s fest on Schillerplatz, and exhibitions about sports and the World Cup in Pfalzgalerie, Theodor-Zink-Museum and Stadtsparkasse.

Besides different nationalities, groups consisting of disabled artists will take part in the three-day event.

“Ever since 1994, we start the five-months long cultural summer with a culture fest for the whole family,” said Prof. Dr. E. Jürgen Zöllner, Minister for Cultural Affairs in Rheinland-Pfalz. “People can enjoy a nice weekend almost free of charge.”

Lord Mayor Bernhard Deubig is happy the opening event takes place in Kaiserslautern. “The opening fest with the diversified program is a remarkable contrast and at the same time a nice addition to the soccer game Kaiserslautern – Bayern München Saturday afternoon,” said Lord Mayor Deubig. “Culture and sports are pre-determined to overcome borders and unite people from different civilizations,” he added.

***image2***The French street theater ensemble Compagnie des Quidams performs 11 p.m. today and Saturday on Schillerplatz; the Dutch ensemble Maatwerk consisting of disabled artists performs Frederico Fellini’s tragedy “La Strada” 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on St. Martinsplatz. More theater performances are scheduled to take place on different places at different times.

Musical presentations are presented on Stiftsplatz such as the German bands Massive Töne performing at 10 p.m. today and Tabutwa performing at 3 p.m. The Spencer Davis Group from England presents former number one hits at 10 p.m. and the American singer Jocelyn B. Smith presents soul and funk at 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission to performances is free, only the Fruchthalle and Pfalztheater charges €2 due to the limited seating. Tickets are available at the Tourist Information office located next to Fruchthalle, phone 0631-365-2316. (Courtesy of City of Kaiserslautern)