Kaiserslautern’s city center will be the stage for a street theater festival of its own kind today to Sunday. For the seventh year, Lebenshilfe Kaiserslautern (an association for the mentally disabled) will sponsor the event “Alles Muss Raus!” or, “Get it all out!” in cooperation with Lebenshilfe Arts and Culture, the City of Kaiserslautern and the Rheinland-Pfalz Culture Summer.
More than 25 theater, artistic and music groups will perform in the streets and on squares in Kaiserslautern. About 250 disabled and non-disabled artists from Germany, France, Great Britain, the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland and Spain will meet and celebrate together.
The festival will officially open with a revue at 7:30 p.m. today in Fruchthalle, known as Kaiserslautern’s concert hall. At the same time, Lebenshilfe Kaiserslautern will start celebrations for its 50th anniversary. The revue is the only event asking for an admission fee of €5. Different groups will present a show on stage.
The Blaumeier theater group will turn the place around St. Martin’s Church (Steinstrasse) into a big picture world with actors wearing masks at 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday. The Compagnie Pipototal from France will present actors telling stories in fantasy machines and rolling objects without engines at 9 p.m. today and Saturday at Am Altenhof.
The French theater group Les Krilati will show off its artistic skills at 10 p.m. today and Saturday in the grassy area next to Pfalztheater.
Other groups performing throughout the day Saturday and Sunday include Rodafonio from Spain driving a four-meter-tall bike, Theater Maatweerk from the Netherlands performing music on weird vehicles, the dance group Mimbre from Great Britain and Art Obscura from Germany rolling through the streets in artistic wheelchairs.
Musical performances will feature brass music, rock and pop music as well as bamboo sounds.
A children’s rock concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday at the stage near Stiftskirche. The Australian-American-German band The Beez will close out the festival at 8 p.m. Sunday with rock, pop, country and bluegrass.
For more information, visit www.alles-muss-raus-festival.de.