The cultural association protagon e. V. has made the organisation, implementation and promotion of cultural offerings, especially in the field of performing arts, its first concern. With this approach, the association pursues the goal of creating cultural meeting spaces for a diverse urban society and facilitating overall participation in cultural life through barrier-free access.
Therefore, the main task of the association’s work is the organisation and implementation of interventions and cultural events in public space. The public space is transformed into a freely accessible cultural space, into an integrative space of shared culture and experiences. Art and culture have a very direct effect, namely where many people move and meet anyway. Unelitarian, uncommercial, analogue. Face to face.
At the Sommerwerft – as at the smaller theatre festivals IFTF and Winterwerft – a unique atmosphere is created by the many participants who make the festival possible in motivated cooperation, an atmosphere that is rarely found at large events and is unparalleled in the RhineMain region. This atmosphere is palpable and is confirmed by the increasing number of visitors year after year as well as the success of being voted the most popular German host of the year by our international helpers on the online site Workaway.
In addition, the association is a founding member and is involved in the Federal Association of Theatre in Public Spaces, in local and Hessian network meetings of the independent theatre scene as well as in the working group for the development of the Fechenheim North district and in the meetings of the sustainable commercial area Frankfurt East.
The heart of the Sommerwerft consists of two central ideas: art and community. Our festival offers artistic freedom in the literal sense – also for spontaneous actions outside the program. Synergies and impulses arise from interdisciplinary encounters and cultural exchange that cannot be written into a program in advance. That’s why the Sommerwerft also makes unplanned performances and appearances possible. In this way, we want to encourage people to become actively creative on their own responsibility and to help shape the festival – and give impulses to transfer this experience of self-efficacy to other areas of the community, entirely in the sense of sustainable development.
The team of the Sommerwerft, all those involved here, artists, volunteers and partners, together create the unique and legendary atmosphere. The 100 volunteers from all over the world and the many volunteers from the region make up the team with which we make our festival possible. A meeting of different ages, nations and cultures; people full of ideas and curiosity, who all come together at one aim and live through a piece of life and work reality together and grow from it together. During the entire festival period, up to 180 participants live and work on the association premises of protagon e. V. in Frankfurt East and many, many more support the festival on site at the Weseler Werft in front of and behind the scenes.
The festival creates this space for you and all of us: visitors, theater & culture lovers and also all Sommerwerft workers. The association Protagon e. V. (organizer, organization center and starting point of the Sommerwerft) never tires of finding interested people to enlarge this team, to give the space for responsibility, realization and of course creation. From this core, our 17 days of Sommerwerft is created year after year.
It is and remains an uncommercial festival and its atmosphere is noticeably different from that of many other cultural events. The feeling of community and identification with one’s own living space develops openly in contact and exchange with other cultures here.
And for all those who also have the desire and time to help out: it’s never too late. We are looking forward to further help and support. Whether as a donation or behind the bars, in the kitchen, in the theater tent, with the construction and dismantling behind the scenes – it is for a cause that we all want: the Sommerwerft – independent. Freedom-loving. For everyone. Get in touch with us directly on the festival grounds at the Infocorner or send us an email via the contact form.
Without the many creative artists who annually offer a wide variety of performative, theatrical and musical contributions to watch and participate in about 170 individual events, a Sommerwerft would not be much more than a beer garden. A big thank you to all the creative artists for enriching Frankfurt so much and for coming up with top-class and diverse programs year after year.
In addition to the artists, there are also those cultural workers who are not so obvious to the visitor. The core crew of the Sommerwerft consists of about 40-45 motivated people each year, each of whom takes on large areas of responsibility ranging from technology, curatorships, accounting to program planning, public relations and catering. They all help to ensure that the Sommerwerft runs so smoothly and that this cultural event can take place.
Whoever visits the Sommerwerft can hardly believe that the entire event is run by a mostly volunteering organization team, supported by our key team. Around 400 people from over 30 countries and from our region get involved and help to shape the Sommerwerft. The organizational structure is extraordinary: from the planning we work in a participatory and integrative way. For many weeks we live and work together on the Sommerwerft campus on the association grounds of protagon e.V. and learn from each other. Decisions are developed through discourse and shared responsibility.
To all those who make it possible again to realize the Sommerwerft, also to all the countless volunteers who bring the Sommerwerft to the Main riverbank – a big thank you, love and respect for your motivation!
Gesamtleitung: Bernd Abraham, Bernhard Bub – Vorstand protagon e.V.
Technische Leitung: Joscha Erker
Projektmanagement & Koordination: Grischa Wiesner, Bernd Abraham,
Finanzkoordination: Karla Berger, Norbert Pohl, Benedikt Müller
Bürokommunikation: Alexei Ulinici
Sicherheit: Benny Coppik – AES Konzept und Schulz Security Concepts
Öffentlichkeitsarbeit: Carola Schaffrath & Anne Schütz – Filmpresse Meuser, Max Büttner
Social Media: Simone Galli, Edith van den Elzen, Jörg See, Max Büttner
Webseite: Aranza Velasco Sánchez, Max Büttner
Videodokumentation: Staude Medienservice, Marijn de Zeeuw, Jurien Cornelissen
Helferkoordination: Lena Disser, Lauren Boissonnet, Bela Bärmann, Michele Röhl, Eva Göbel
Geländemanagement & Care Team: Susan Spahn, Paul Lorbeer, Bela Bärman, Grischa Wiesner, Noah Wagner, Rolf Sang-Ho
Theaterprogramm: Bernhard Bub, Sebastian Bolitz, Susanne Freiling
Night of Dance: Bárbara Carvalho, Maximilian Friedel, ID_Frankfurt (Amelia Uzategui Bonilla,
ReconQUEER: Lucas Tanajura, Benedikt Müller, Bela Bärmann, Josefine Liebing
Musikprogramm & Moderation: Seppl Niemeyer – Virus Radio
Kinoprogramm: Edith van den Elzen und Pupille (Martin Urban, Vuong Nguyen Quy)
Kulturfreiraum: Maximilian Friedel
Kinderbereich: Magdalena Wielgosinska
Workshops & Gesprächsrunden: Max Büttner, Bárbara Carvalho
Flowmarkt: Daniela Christ
Bar Organisation: Manuel Frenzel
Gastro Organisation: Felix Schlink, Jonas Matejtschek, Hugh Anderson
Café Pimpanelli+Cocktailbar: Josephin Berger
Porto Brasil: Clara Garcia & Claudio Machado
Babuschka Café: Elizaveta Babanina, Aga Kubiak
Infopoint: Eva Bodensohn, Tim Zerban
Dekoration Festivalgelände: Ruben Wielsch, Eva Bodensohn
Fotografen des Festivals: Barbara Walzer, Edith van den Elzen, Julian Schupp
Technik Team: Ben Castelli, Jan Colsman, Jochen Kipp, David Gyewrovszky, Jörg See, Philipp Gerbig, Tobia Gianluca Falletta, Alexander Niejaki, Julius Fibich, Benedikt Müller, Lucas Tanajura, Bobby Packham, Peter Gajewski, Wolfgang Grunewald
Backstage: Toumi Hamadi, Solmaz Mirzaei
Künstlerbetreuung: Lucas Tanajura, Benedikt Müller
Housekeeping & Hosting: Lucas Tanajura, Filipa Silva
Shuttle & Transport: Helder Oliveira
Plakatierung: Benedikt Müller
Gestaltung: Flyer, Plakate, Banner & Programmheft: Tanita Volknandt / tanitava.de
Titelbild: Barbara Walzer
Programmheft: Organisation & Redaktion & Drucksachen & Lektorat: Maximilian Friedel, Benedikt Müller, Max Büttner, Bernhard Bub, Tanita Volknandt
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