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Cultural life during the Corona crisis: Some event organisers from Bonn and the region switch to WWW „venues“

Cultural life during the Corona crisis : Some event organisers from Bonn and the region switch to WWW „venues“

Theatres, bars, pubs and also churches are no longer accessible due to the Corona virus. Many organisers are now getting creative and are looking for solutions with the help of modern technology to continue their events online.

Theatres, bars, pubs and also churches are no longer accessible due to the Corona virus. Many organisers are now getting creative and are looking for solutions with the help of modern technology to continue their events online.

"Event cancelled due to Corona!" - These and many similar information leaflets can currently be found on the analogue and digital posters of many event organisers such as theatres and bars. Mass celebrations, with their large number of visitors, also fall into the group of events that had to be cancelled at the latest when the German government imposed a ban on contact. In order to ensure that the badly affected artists and cultural workers continue to find an audience, and vice versa, that the viewers who stayed at home can continue to participate in at least a part of it, more and more organizers are using digital possibilities such as live streams.

Here’s an overview of unusual and new events that are available online due to the situation:

Organisers and artists from Bonn

  • Digital museum visits

Since museums are also temporarily closed at the moment, the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn, for example, offers films with background information on current exhibitions. Among other things, a video on "Beethoven - Welt. Citizens. Music". The Beethoven film tour through Bonn and into the Bundeskunsthalle can be at least a small substitute for a visit to the current exhibition in the Beethoven anniversary year. By the way, the website of the Bundeskunsthalle also offers films of past exhibitions. The LVR-Landesmuseum Bonn has announced a museum blog on which edited content will appear every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday. The voyage of discovery under the motto "Museum for Home" starts in the Stone Age, makes a detour to the Netherlands over Easter and even becomes musical.

  • Reading for beer! - Kopfnuss Lesebühne Bonn

In the cultural sector, digital concepts are being tinkered with eagerly. The Kopfnuss Lesebühne in Bonn is postponing its event "Reading for Beer" to the Internet at short notice instead of cancelling it. Artists read texts brought in by the audience. Everything is allowed: Schiller poems, horror stories, speeches, lyrics, Dr. Sommer, menu cards, package inserts, grandpa's diary and grandma's letters. We'll start this Wednesday, March 25th, at 8 pm.

  • Virtual Church Bonn

The Bonn city pastoral is currently working on creating a digital space for the faithful. The website, which will appear in a few weeks, will offer podcasts, videos, counselling and pastoral care. The offer "Stillness in Motion" is already to be available online. It takes place on Tuesdays from 13 to 13.45 and Thursdays from 13 to 13.45

  • Concerts via social media

For the Beethoven anniversary year, a concert trip on a music freighter from Bonn via the Rhine, Main and Danube to Vienna was planned. Instead, the barge is now moored on the banks of the Rhine in Bonn. But despite the current crisis, its music education programme is not completely discontinued: there are now musical video greetings and virtual hands-on activities on board. On the last weekend in March, a 48-hour live programme with musical contributions, concerts and discourses will be broadcast from Bonn. At present, individual musicians are allowed on board, but no more than four at the same time. The programme will be broadcast via Facebook, Youtube and Instagram. Further information can be found here.

For children

The association Abenteuer Lernen aus Beuel offers on its homepage every day an experiment to do yourself. "So that we and you don't get bored, we want to give a small, fine experiment or an artistic suggestion every day for all those who are at home and want to continue discovering the world", it says there. This could be a floating paper clip, a secret writing or a raisin dance party.

Organizers and artists from the region

  • Dringeblieben online stream

The digital event magazine "Rausgegangen", where Cologne residents can find current tips for going out and events, started a kind of online channel for cultural workers with its stream in cooperation with the colleagues from "Ask Helmut". In succession, events such as the crime movie "Hai-Alarm!" for children, the music concert by Panda Lux singer Silvan Kuntz or the digital poetry slam by Luca Swieter can be watched on the website. The programme is further livened up by streams from sportspeople who give tips on how to keep fit in the current times.

The listing is updated continuously. Organizers and artists who have adjusted their offer due to the crisis can contact online@ga-bonn.de by e-mail, providing the information below.

Required are: the name of the artist or the event, a short description of the offer as well as time and platform of the event (in the best case with link to the stream or the event page).

(Original text: Jonas Dirker and Jill Mylonas. Translation: Mareike Graepel)