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Review Day 3 – 30th June

(c) Alessia Rollo


28.6. – 7.7.2019


Those who, before attending the third day of the Festival, could not imagine that social warmth could escalate were proven wrong today: the weather supported our Festival theme! At 35 degrees Celsius today, social warmth did not leave anyone in the cold!


The exhibition opening of I Am a Traveler – ART.SUITCASE by Lebenshilfe Oberösterreich offered exciting insights into the lives, dreams, and desires of people who were accompanied by Lebenshilfe over many years.
50 individually designed suitcases that were personally and lovingly decorated by clients and employees were exhibited in the 20er Hof. The occasion for the exhibition is the 50th anniversary of Lebenshilfe Oberösterreich. The suitcase serves as a synonym for the existential questions of “where do I come from and where am I going?” As they walked through the exhibition, the visitors discovered small treasure chests: the suitcases were lovingly decorated with biographical objects. But also dreams and secret wishes found a place in them. The exhibition touched and delighted people through its many lovingly designed “universes in suitcases.” It simultaneously portrayed the efforts of Lebenshilfe for the self-determination of people with disabilities and the pursuit of an inclusive society, in which all people can be equal members.
Exhibition in the 20er Hof in Grein, Hauptstraße 20
Opening times: July 1st – 5th: 3 pm – 8 pm, July 6th: 11 am – 8 pm, July 7th: 11 am – 6 pm
I Am a Traveler – Art.Suitcase

You Are What You Eat by Alessia Rollo (IT) posed questions on the topic of food and stimulated sustainable discussion and analysis in the Sola Bakery in Perg.
“You Are What You Eat” creates a participatory art project in the Perg-Strudengau region within a debate on how groceries are produced, distributed, and consumed: Today at the Sola Bakery in Perg, food, groceries, and food chains were discussed over a sumptuous and delicious brunch with the artist Alessia Rollo. Along with the artist, who grew up in Southern Italy, the participants considered how to stimulate a sustainable discussion and analysis on the topic of food in the Perg-Strudengau region.
Further performances in the context of You Are What You Eat:
Poster exhibition in public space
Tuesday, July 2nd, 12 – 2 pm Social lunch in Badgasse in Perg
Thursday, July 4th, 8 am – 10 am Breakfast in a private residence in Perg
You Are What You Eat by Alessia Rollo (IT)

„Instead of a begging ban, poverty should have been forbidden.“ The reading performance „Perg er.lesen“ of the PromOtheus Literary Circle (AT) at the KUZ Perg made a strong vocal stand for social warmth and social justice.
Today, the authors Ursula Hirtl, Brigitta Huemer, Bruno Mayer, and Günter Kowatschek
spoke in their recited texts of how words are signs of the “social climate” and that they can dignify or indignify people. Through various literary styles, they made the current situation impressively palpable. Stories and poems spoke about poverty, reflected on the term „beggar mafia,“ spoke of the everyday school life of a Chechen girl, whose family fled to Austria under the worst of conditions. One spoke through impressive linguistic imagery about the subtle dictates of a patriarchal society and of the unadjusted women that live in it, who are subjected to the cruelty of moral condemnation. All of the recited texts created an atmosphere of contradiction and approval and inspired the listeners to reflect and project.
Perg er.lesen by the PromOtheus Literary Circle (AT)

In “Old Terrain, New Pillars,” the artist Wapke Feenstra (NL) connects art with agriculture and offers daily visits with artistic interventions to farms in the Perg-Strudengau region in addition to an informative and lovingly designed coloring book on farms in the region. In the coming week, daily tours with Wapke will start at 6 pm at the Kriegergut in Perg: Just stop by, get on the bus, and: get to know farms in the region!
“Old Terrain – New Pillars” looks at the transformations in the farming industry. During the festival, guests can visit nine different farms in Perg-Strudengau and experience artistic interventions by the Dutch artist Wapke Feenstra that give insight into the living and working conditions of farmers. The artist, who grew up on a farm herself, also visited numerous farms in the region, paying special attention to the new pillars of the farming industry. The artist will visualize these new pillars in meticulous detail.

Dates (bus tours, departure and return: Kriegergut Perg)
Mon, July 1st, 6 pm – 9 pm Visiting the Biohof Hinterwinkler in Rechberg
Tues, July 2nd, 6 pm – 9 pm Visiting the Biogasanlage Eizenau
Wed, July 3rd, 6 pm – 9 pm Visiting the Schacherhof in Grein
Thurs, July 4th, 6 pm – 9 pm Visiting the Moststation Fasching in St. Nikola
Fri, July 5th, 6 pm – 9 pm Visiting the Ranftl-Hof in Lehenbrunn
Sat, July 6th, 6 pm – 9 pm Visiting the Biohof Mascherbauer in Schwertberg
Sun, July 7th, 6 pm – 9 pm Visiting the Radlerbauernhof Moser in Mitterkirchen
Old Terrain, New Pillars by Wapke Feenstra (NL)

Monday’s program highlights, July 1st, 2019

10 am – 4 pm: Barriers – Where They Are Constructed, How We Take Them Down
Conference at the Turnhalle Event Center (Veranstaltungszentrum)
10% of the population considers barrier-free accessibility to be “indispensable,” 30-40% consider it “necessary,” and 100% considers it “convenient.” Led by this basic premise, the Perg municipality would like to make barrier-free accessibility possible for everyone. This conference is targeted at decision-makers involved in local and city planning, city developers, and those who want to help anchor this topic with the people.
Barrier-Freedom Conference

4 pm – 8 pm: The Wärmegreißlerei (Warmth Grocer) by Time’s Up: today at Donaulände Grein
The Wärmegreißlerei will travel throughout the Perg-Strudengau region as a mobile kiosk, collecting numerous different voices on the topic of social warmth for the Festival of the Regions. On Monday, the Time’s Up project is at the Donaulände Grein, where it functions as a hub for requests and offers for social warmth.
Further dates of the Wärmegreißlerei:
Tues, July 2nd | 4 pm – 8 pm: Wärmegreißlerei: Linz Special at the OK Platz in the city center
Wed, July 3rd | 4 pm – 8 pm Wärmegreißlerei at the Donaustandl at Au an der Donau (boat harbor)
Thurs, July 4th | 4 pm – 8 pm Wärmegreißlerei at Dorfabend in Rechberg
Fri, July 5th | 4 pm – 8 pm Wärmegreißlerei at the Nacht der Musik in Katsdorf
Sat, July 6th | 10 am – 1 pm Wärmegreißlerei at the Donaulände Grein 
Sat, July 6th | 4 pm – 8 pm Wärmegreißlerei at the Beer and Culinary Festival at the Hauptplatz Perg
Sun, July 7th | 10 am – 1 pm Wärmegreißlerei at the Mitterkirchen Badesee
Sun, July 7th | 4 pm – 8 pm Wärmegreißlerei at the finale of the Festivals of the Regions
at Heindlkai in Mauthausen

8:30 pm Performance and following discussion: „The Kindly Ones“ by Elli Papakonstantinou (GR) in front of the Mauthausen Memorial
Following the performance, there will be a discussion with Elli Papakonstantinou (director of „The Kindly Ones“), Airan Berg (Festival of the Regions), Gudrun Blohberger (Mauthausen Memorial), and Elena Strubakis (translator of „Freedom Arrived in May“ by Iakovos Kambanellis).
The Kindly Ones

All of the projects of the Festival of the Regions are highlights! See for yourself, come to Perg-Strudengau: 6 more days of the top notch cultural program!
Daily program of the Festival of the Regions