The Frankfurt Civic Foundation helps artists with “window concerts”.
The Holzhausenschlösschen turns into a huge Advent calendar at the beginning of December. “Even if we have to close the doors to the public because of the pandemic, we can at least open our windows for concerts and thus help artists,” says Clemens Greve, managing director of the Frankfurt community foundation, which is based in the baroque Wasserschlösschen in the north end Has. During Advent, musicians will give “window concerts” at one of the building’s 86 windows. The first windows will open on Tuesday, December 1st.
“The corona pandemic poses a major challenge for the cultural industry. More should be done to support them, ”says Greve. In order to set a good example, the Frankfurter Bürgerstiftung decided to transform the Holzhausenschlösschen into a lively Advent calendar this year, giving artists and cultural workers the opportunity to perform in front of an audience.
The windows of the Holzhausenschlösschen , Justinianstr. 5, open on the following days: Tuesday, December 1, 5 p.m., 5.30 p.m. and 7 p.m., on December 3, 10 and 17, 6 p.m., as well as on 14, 15, 18 and December 19, 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm.
The light art “Visible when it’s dark” by Daniela and Pascal Kulcsar can be seen on the facade of the palace from December 4th to 6th from 5.30pm.
all events are free.
In the past few years, paper cut-outs adorned the 23 windows on the front of the historic building during Advent. Now musicians will fold back the wooden shutters on set dates and play Christmas music on the open window. Light art is also on the program. From Friday, December 4th to Sunday, December 6th, Daniela and Pascal Kulcsar will immerse the facade of the little wooden house in a sea of colors and shapes.
Depending on which window is opened for the concerts, spectators can enjoy the music in front of the castle entrance on Justinianstraße or in the Holzhausenpark adjoining the back of the building, of course in compliance with all hygiene rules, as Greve says. The community foundation was able to gain experience with “window concerts”, albeit spontaneous ones, in spring / summer. It provided musicians with space for rehearsals in the palace. These often played with the windows open, to the delight of the people in the park.
All artists receive a fee for their performances, which is why the community foundation asks all those who attend the free “window concerts” to deposit money into a donation account. “Many think that foundations are rich. But that’s not true. The Frankfurt community foundation lives with and from the citizens of the city, ”says Greve. Overall, he hopes for more support for cultural workers in these times. “It would be desirable if, for example, the cultural offices would organize and finance performance opportunities at designated places in the respective cities,” he says.
The Frankfurter Bürgerstiftung asks for donations to its donation account at the Frankfurter Sparkasse, IBAN DE76 5005 0201 0000 2662 99. More information at https://frankfurter-buergerstiftung.de.