The wellenklænge festival Lunz am See sees itself as a confluence of contemporary currents. As the art directors team we feel it is our mission to show a varied picture of the current music scene and also to address relevant socio-political issues.
Today, we are more connected than ever, but does this really make us feel united? The virtual network that spans the entire globe enables communication and a feeling of connectedness that we can greatly benefit from. If we do it with the right focus, and if we use the tools at hand sensibly, we can create a sense of community beyond borders. If we don’t, that social network can as well lead to segregation and anti-social behaviour.
What is it that makes us feel both connected and united? Where can we recognize and accept both our interdependence and our connectedness?
Our well-being is inseparably linked to the well-being of others, many life philosophies would agree. A large scale study* in the field of happiness research confirms that happiness or wellbeing primarily depends on the quality of interpersonal relationships.
Even though this basic need is not always a top priority in our daily lives, and even though life for some is a mere struggle for survival, we would like to put connectedness in the focus of this year’s wellenklænge festival and address the following questions:
What role can music play when it comes to experiencing connectedness and bringing people closer together? What can we learn from consonant instruments and from the cooperation that is essential for ensemble playing? Is music an adequate medium for overcoming the feeling of separateness? We would like to find out in our evening concerts.
Our See.Rund.Gang aims to investigate the neighbourly relations of the creatures in and around the lake from both a scientific and a musical perspective and explore their interactions and interdependencies with the lake.
In our first panel discussion, deep ecologist Elisabeth Loibl takes a loving look at our planet and shares her thoughts with us, why despite all the discussion of “sustainability” and “resilience” and despite increasing social attention, the piles of rubbish and the seas of plastic continue to grow and the number of those who are impoverished and suffering from hunger continues to rise.
The opening of the memorial near the water cluster on the last weekend of the festival is going to expose a piece of Lunz history in order to establish a connection to the past, which can ultimately create more connection and closeness between us in the present. It commemorates the events of the last days of World War II. In times of (un)connectedness, we reflect on the aftermaths and traumas that continue to affect our social structures to this day.
We invite you to listen!
Julia Lacherstorfer & Simon Zöchbauer