Nuernberg castle covered with graffiti. The downtown is filled with cheerful crowd of people. And every corner that you gaze at, you see blue lights. What’s going on here?
With the headline “Horizon” Nuernberg’s big art campaign “Blaue Nacht” took place on 5th of may. The idea of this event goes back to year 2000, when the inhabitants of Nuernberg decided to celebrate their 950 years city anniversary through a big cultural event. Ever since the “Blaue Nacht” is taking place with a different headline every year. It is considered as the biggest cultural and museum events of Germany and it offers a wide variety of art galleries and particular events to watch, listen, participate or just to enjoy. The whole streets are coloured with the lights into the blue and it creates a unique ambiance that covers up the street artists and art and culture lovers.
Even our team decided not to miss this event and we started our tour at 7 o’clock in the evening from main railway station towards downtown. First, we visited the “Klara” church, where the students and the lecturers of the music university took us with their percussion ensemble to a sound journey. In “Lorenzkirche” we got enchanted by the one of a kind sound-installation in combination with an illumination, that was simulating an undulant ocean. The musical prelude was following a visit to the “Kunstbunker”. Afterwards an empowerment at the “Lorenzer Platz” was necessary. After a portion of Korean beef bowl, fries and baklava, we visited a gallery in “Leica-store”. Norbert Rosing, one of the best nature photographers in Germany, personally showed us the photos from his journey to north pole. Fascinating natural landscapes, sunrises and playful bears took our thoughts to another universe. He also presented his black and white photos reflecting the beauty of water, forest and rocks to us.
The last station of our excursion was the castle, that was used as a screen to project the different paintings of the artist “Dan Reeder”. Also, at the top of the sightseeing platform, we got a wonderful view of the city. A such great day absolutely needed a culmination. With a tasteful beer at the “Der Wanderer” pub we ended our tour and evening.
We are already excited for the next year’s event!