Flower Power Festival in Munich 2023. A Talk about the Festival

Flower Power Festival in Munich 2023. A Talk about the Festival Rebecca Louise Law creates art with natural materials. She will need huge quantities of dried flowers for her installation in the Kunsthalle, so everyone is welcome to help collect, dry and deliver them! Charles Emerson

Next year, the whole of Munich will celebrate nature, culture and flowers as the eight-month Flower Power Festival – running from 3 February to 7 October 2023 – decorates various locations across the city. The festival will be based at the Gasteig HP8. Three questions for festival director Anna Kleeblatt

Anna Kleeblatt (left) with Festival initiators (see end of text for all names) © Robert Haas

Anna Kleeblatt, what’s the format for the festival in the city? What will be flowering where?

The starting point is the »Flowers Forever. Blumen in Kunst und Kultur« (»Flowers in Art and Culture«) exhibition, which will run in the Kunsthalle München from 3 February to 9 July 2023. In addition, all the initiators are planning further exhibitions and events for the festival and other potential participants have already been in contact with their ideas. There will also be projects that all Munich residents can get involved in, including collecting the 200,000 dried flowers needed by British artist Rebecca Louise Law for her installation in the Kunsthalle.

What’s so special about the Flower Power Festival?

It’s open to absolutely everyone. There are no limits to creativity; we want everyone to be involved in creating something for everyone. The only proviso is that the programme must involve the themes of the festival. Science, sustainability, plant and biodiversity, gardening, climate change, aesthetics and quality of life are just some of the possible subjects for exhibitions, workshops, walks, plays, installations and more. Taking place indoors, outdoors and online.

To make sure that everyone can participate in the festival, inclusion has been a priority from the planning phase onwards. What does that mean in practice?

We see the festival as a chance to raise people’s awareness of the issue while also providing an opportunity for as many of them as possible to participate in the city’s cultural activities. To make sure we share as much knowledge and expertise as possible, we regularly invite inclusion experts to meetings with programme partners. Ideally, this will give rise to sustainable initiatives that will help shape our society in the long term.

»We will send Munich into a floral frenzy! We want to work with as diverse a range of people as possible to create a thrilling programme for everyone. Gasteig HP8 – Munich’s newest cultural area right on the Isar – will be both festival centre and platform. And it will have some attractions of its own as well, of course.«
Max Wagner, Gasteig Managing Director

Who is itching in the fingers? Join in now and collect flowers for a great work of art

Until autumn 2022, anyone interested may collect flowers, dry them and hand them in at the Kunsthalle München. The Kunsthalle has tips on collecting and drying here. For inspiration, watch the following video about the artist Rebecca Louise Law and her enchanting art with natural materials.

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Foto © Robert Haas: Festival initiators from left to right: Dr. Roger Diederen, Kunsthalle München; Max Wagner, Gasteig; Dr. Nina Möllers, BIOTOPIA Lab and Events; Prof. Dr. Gudrun Kadereit, Botanical Garden München-Nymphenburg; Anna Kleeblatt, festival director

Interview: Maria Zimmerer

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