poster motif 2016

This year’s Moers Festival poster is launched. The photo was taken by Colombian photographer Eliana Aponte. It depicts a blue train on rails, with white cloud formations and a vast sparkly blue sky towering overhead. Originally this train was really a bus which was converted into a train later on. Owing to the Cubans’ art of improvisation this converted train brings inhabitants and tourists from the outer suburbs of the Cuban city Trinidad to the city centre and back every day.

For many years, Eliana Aponte worked as a war photographer in the world’s war zones until she decided to move to Cuba four years ago. Now she captures people’s livelihoods and especially enjoys the love of life on the island after all those years full of violence and war.

Download the poster theme here.


Carolin Pook will be ’Improviser in Residence’ in Moers 2016

We are delighted to announce Carolin Pook as ‘Improviser in Residence’ for this year. Once again this position is filled with a New York based German musician. This composer and violin player will take over the task from the current Improviser in Residence Hayden Chisholm in Moers. The handover concert with both Improvisers, at which the world premiere of Hayden Chisholm’s 24-minute short film ‘Sisyphus runs’ which he produced last year, will also be shown to mark the occasion, will be held on 21st January 2016 at 7.30 pm at the Moers Festival Hall, free entry.

Click here for more news concerning "Improviser in residence", Hello/Goodbye concert and Early Bird ticket.


Early Bird ticket sales kick off

Early Bird ticket sales will kick off today at midnight! Our traditional Christmas special is up for grabs: the four-day-festival ticket, valid on all four festival days (13-16 May 2016) for 108 euros instead of 140 euros at the festival box office. It remains a popular gift for friends and family members who love music, or simply a nice gift for yourself.
As stated in the November newsletter, ticket prices have increased moderately for the 2016 season. However, concession festival tickets remain the same: only 50 euros.
Be quick and visit our ticket shop. Remember: Only while stock lasts!


Good news from Berlin

"The Federal Government will make 150,000 euros from the Federal Budget available to the internationally acclaimed Moers Festival on an annual basis for the next three years, in order to relieve the burden on the communal budget." said Radomski, Bundestag member (CDU) and member of the Committee on Budgets, after a revaluation meeting on Thursday. "The commitment paid of." noted Siegmund Ehrmann, Bundestag member (SPD) and Chair of Committee on Culture and Media. He pointed out that the Federal Government had also provided an investment grant for the refurbishment of the festival hall. The future grants will continue to stabilize the financial basis of the acclaimed Moers Festival, said Ehrmann. Minister Grütters had personally witnessed the artistic and organisational competence of all involved at the 2015 festival.
Radomski and Ehrmann, both members of Parliament and Moers citizens, thanked their colleagues Rüdiger Kruse and Johannes Kahrs for their support, who are both in charge of the Cultural Budget.

Reiner Michalke, Artistic Director of Moers Festival, commented: "That really is wonderful news. I feel as if we had won the Nobel prize of music. This decision goes to show that the festival is held in high regard, both nationally and internationally. It bears witness to the respect the parliament in Berlin has for the city of Moers. The city of Moers has hung on to this festival in good times, and bad times. Now it is reaping the benefits of years of commitment. This is an incentive for me and my team to make the festival better still!"


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