The concept of the wellenklænge festival is based on contemporary currents. As the art directors team we feel it is our mission to draw a truthful and varied picture of the current music scene and also to address relevant socio-political issues.
We are more connected than ever, but are we really united? The virtual network that spans the entire globe enables communication and a feeling of connectedness that we can greatly benefit from, given we do it right and use the tools at hand sensibly. A sense of community across borders.
If we don’t, the social network can as well lead to segregation and marginalization. It can turn into a trap that we walk into and get entangled – like a fly in a cobweb.
Now, what is it that lets us feel both connected and united? Where can we recognize and accept our interdependence and our connectedness?
Our wellbeing is inextricably connected to the wellbeing of others, many life philosophies would agree. A large scale survey* in the field of happiness research confirms that happiness or wellbeing primarily builds on intact relationships.
Even when this basic need is seemingly not always a top priority in our daily lives, or when life – for some – is a mere struggle for survival, we would like to put connectedness and the social network that protects us in the focus of this year’s wellenklænge festival.
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 and collaboration that is essential for ensemble playing?
This year, we focus on connecting, liaising, and the correlations of the various parameters that make up our complex world. We want to find out whether music can contribute to the the process of overcoming the feeling of separateness.
Our See.Rund.Gang is dedicated to the living creatures on and off shore from a scientific and a musical standpoint and seeks to explore their interactions and interdependencies.
In our open forum, we will discuss the various aspects of the festival theme as well as specific options how to deal with the partly contradictory present-day challenges, i.e., primarily climate change, in our daily lives: “Green energy! Yes, but at what cost? Even at the cost of untouched nature?” During the festival there will be an interactive network to share the latest news of the festival proceedings. We provide a virtual hub on social media, where everyone can follow the goings-on from home, but also a real-live meeting point in the town centre, where actual encounters with locals can take place.
A warm welcome!
Julia Lacherstorfer & Simon Zöchbauer