Saxony: "Begehungen" art festival attracts 12,000 visitors

Thalheim (dpa/sn) - The art festival "Begehungen" opened up the former Erzgebirge baths in Thalheim this year and thus aroused great public interest.

Saxony: "Begehungen" art festival attracts 12,000 visitors

Thalheim (dpa/sn) - The art festival "Begehungen" opened up the former Erzgebirge baths in Thalheim this year and thus aroused great public interest. About 12,000 visitors came - a record, said festival spokesman Lars Neuenfeld on Sunday on request. Under the title "Plansch" 30 works by artists could be seen, paintings and photographs as well as installations, sculptures and performances. A work by Marta Sala and Cheong Kin Man, in which guests could symbolically bathe in banknotes, was particularly well received by visitors of all ages, explained Neuenfeld.

Since 2003, the "Begehungen" have presented contemporary art at annually changing locations in Chemnitz. These included a former prison, abandoned industrial buildings, a brewery and, last year, a freight depot that was shut down. This year the festival left Chemnitz for the first time and looked for the former leisure pool as a domicile. It opened in 1996 and had to close in 2014 due to financial difficulties. Since then it has been empty.

The whole thing was a risk, emphasized Neuenfeld. It was not known whether the local people would get involved and whether the regular audience would follow the festival to the surrounding area. In addition, the festival was extended to two weekends. "It worked." Guests from Leipzig or Dresden, but also from Berlin would have made their way to Thalheim. In 2023 and 2024 the festival is to take place again in the Chemnitz area, but the exact venues have not yet been decided. In 2025, the "inspections" will return to the European Capital of Culture.

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