'Schöne Aussichten' or 'Great Expectations' is this year's motto for Tollwood's Summer Festivities.
A feast for the eyes and ears, the Tollwood 2012 summer programme encompasses everything from outdoor contemporary theatre to the world's gastronomic industry. Street performance, walk-in artwork, children's entertainment, and arts and crafts are also on the menu! The biannual festivities are taking place in Munich's Olympia Park from Friday the 29th of June to Tuesday the 24th of July.
When it comes to the theatre on offer, British production 'As the World Tipped' created and performed by Liverpool-based company 'Wired Aerial Theatre' will take centre stage from Thursday the 5th of July until Tuesday the 10th of July. The production focuses on climate change and its' disastrous effects. In the open air and staged on a giant vertical video screen, performers dangle precariously whilst delivering a startling combination of daring acrobatics and damn good acting. Admittance is free!
Musically, Tollwood will be welcoming both the up-and-coming and the globally famous. The likes of Lou Reed and Billy Idol will be performing along with the 7 time grammy award winner Lady Antebellum. Canadian Loreena McKennitt and Jazz-Pop star Melody Gardet will join the German newcomer Tim Bendzko on the list and British musician Katie Melua will also make an appearance. Of course there are many more enticing musical performances to be enjoyed; such a dazzling array of musical talent should not be missed!
For the food lovers amongst us, all that Tollwood has to offer on the gastronomic side of things is certified organic. However, not only your appetite will be satisfied, but also your hunger for knowledge. A walk-in pantry documents our world as being defined by hunger pitted against the throw-away society. It is another much-awaited addition to the program and informs visitors about the issues surrounding global food distribution, global food security, agriculture and consumer behaviour.
Further creativity and innovation can be found in the 'Markt der Ideen' or 'Market Place of Ideas', where a multitude of arts and crafts from around the globe are waiting to be discovered.
The children will be just as well catered for as the adults, with their very own theatre programme. Magic shows, art, cooking, games and experiments will all be available in the children's tents. There is even the opportunity to try out the exciting sport of Bungee Trampolining! And what is more, it is not just for the children!
So, what's on today? Well Thursday the 5th of July at the Schauplatz, Wired Aerial Theatre makes it's German debut at 10pm with it's renowned production 'As the World Tipped'. At 7pm in the Gehrlicher Musik-Arena the 80's legend Kim Wilde will be gracing the stage and the 'Stadt-Land-Rock Festival' or 'City-Country-Rock Festival' hosted by the Süddeutschen Zeitung und Tollwood will begin in the Tanzbar. The Jazz Lounge will welcome the Tizian Jost Trio as one of the highlights of this year's programme. The Austrian world-class drummer Mario Gonzi will also be performing, along with possibly one of the most important German jazz bassists, Thomas Stabenow, at 10pm. Entrance will be free. On a different note, the hair artists Osadia will be celebrating their 10th anniversary in the Amphitheater at 7pm, by transforming visitors heads into pieces of artwork!
What can we expect from Friday 6th July? Tollwood welcomes Nordic guests Finnish Sunrise Avenue to celebrate in the Gehrlicher Musik-Arena with their special guest The Pusher who also originates from Finland; the party starts at 7pm! Dutch Vincent de Rooij will be providing a 9-minute performance for the braver Tollwood visitors amongst us, from 4pm until 9pm at the Vincent de Rooij-Platz. In the Andechser Tent Thunderbird Lovemachine Funk und Soul will be playing at 4pm with free admission and the Geschichtezelt (the History tent) invites children and families to explore the delights of the past at 3pm, 4.30pm and 6pm.
But these events, somewhat briefly mentioned, are only a snippet of what is on offer. Every day there are numerous events, concerts, exhibitions and stalls to enjoy and explore at various venues and locations. Whether it be in the Amphitheater, the Schloss, the TanzBar, the Jazz-Lounge, the Kinderzelt or in and around the Tollwood grounds themselves, a visitor is guaranteed to find something that pulls at their interest or ignites their senses.
More than 75% of these wonderful events on offer at Tollwood's 2012 summer celebrations are free, from the children's entertainment to the live music in the jazz tent and Andechser lounge, along with entry to the festival grounds.
Tickets for those events and concerts that do require an entry fee, such as some of those in the Gehrlicher Musik-Arena, can be applied for via the hotline 0700/3838 5024 and are also available at the usual sales points across the city.
As for getting to and from this feast of cultural delights, it is arguably best to use the public transport. Bus, tram and U-Bahn stations surround the Olympia Park and various special night-time services will run for those who wish to enjoy the late night festivities. The Tollwood-Bus 99 will be calling at the following bus-stops, Westfriedhof, Parkharfe am Olympiastadion, Tollwood-Haupteingang, Ackermannstraße and Scheidplatz. The normal MVV-Tariff will apply, as the Tollwood-Buss 99 is a service of the MVG.
For more information about traveling to and from the site and indeed further details about the daily events programe, visit