100 Years of Communism
People have always dreamt of a better world with more justice. Communism promised to make that dream come true. The Russian Revolution of autumn 1917 made communism become real for the first time – with all its best-known consequences for Russia, Europe and the world.
At the end of the 1980s, when communism in Eastern Europe was about to fade, hardly anyone mourned about its disappearance. Political realities had fundamentally discredited the communist idea. Free market economy along with democracy seemed to have prevailed as the best of all systems and presented itself as the one solution without alternatives.
However, is the world we live in good? Or do we need to think about alternatives in respect of the global social and economic distortions? Does it help to cast a look back in history to develop a new vision for the future? What kind of society do we want – and which one should we better reject? And where if not in Weimar, where the past is an integral part of our present, should such topics be put for discussion?
At the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, Kunstfest Weimar initiates a search for traces by means of international theater and dance performances, concerts, exhibitions, readings, conversations and movies. Do we still have to discuss the revolution and especially the idea of communism today? To what extent did it influence people living in its political sphere? And which of its footprints lead into our present days?
Almost all of Kunstfest’s productions are world premieres or German premieres. Visiting Weimar during the time of the festival means therefore visiting a unique event. Most works are based on co-operations with our partners and we would like to thank them sincerely for their strong commitment. Kunstfest reflects the potential of the city of Weimar as cultural institutions act in concert.
Opening a door to the world, looking at our past to learn for our present, bringing people together in discussions about art – this is the focus of Kunstfest Weimar. We are looking forward to meeting you there.
Christian Holtzhauer and the team of Kunstfest Weimar