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The festival initiators: (from left) Roger Diederen, Anna Kleeblatt, Michael John Gorman, Gudrun Kadereit and Max Wagner.
The festival initiators: (from left) Roger Diederen, Anna Kleeblatt, Michael John Gorman, Gudrun Kadereit and Max Wagner. © Flower Power Festival

Now it’s getting colorful: All of Munich and its surroundings invite you to the Flower Power Festival. There are more than 500 events until October 7. Most free!

You have to imagine it as a large meadow. Roger Diederen, Michael John Gorman, Gudrun Kadereit, Anna Kleeblatt and Max Wagner loosened the soil and invited everyone, absolutely everyone, to spread seeds on it. And although winter will last for a while, Tuesday morning in the botanical garden auditorium feels like spring. Because here the five named announce at a press conference that the seed has sprouted: it starts on February 3, 2023 flower power festival. A festival that makes Munich and its surroundings flourish.

How good will that be. How colorful. How fragrant! It is a pity that you cannot list them all here, the more than 500 events, to which more than 200 participants are invited until October 7, 2023. From the state theater to the individual artist, from the university to the group of singers. Diversity is the fertilizer for a magnificent festival. Like five years ago when that Faust Festival made the city vibrate. While the focus was then on Goethe’s tragedy, this time everything is green: all events revolve around nature, culture and flowers.

The Roses of Heliogabalus by Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1888)
Magnificent: Floral works such as “The Roses of Heliogabalus” (1888) by Lawrence Alma-Tadema will be on view at the Kunsthalle in Munich starting next week. © Flower Power Festival

The mental flight over the colorful meadow that the festival director Anna Kleeblatt (!) undertakes with the assembled press shows how much the participants were inspired by these themes. Each element of the program is a flower whose fragrance is seductive. the art lab 2 For example, remember the aphrodisiacs that nature has given us to feed our sexual power: in a workshop you learn to make massage oil or erotic incense mixtures from natural ingredients. At the invitation of the Crime Festival, the brave dare to go to the horror reading in the greenhouse at night; or on the roof of the Gasteig HP8, where the busy bees live. And then in the building, where in Hall E a video installation refers to the flower of the month.

Little theater fans experience a “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in Schauburg, and you can train to become an eco-godfather in Green City. And how about a trip to the Weltwald Freising? “A forest with trees from all over the world, right on our doorstep,” says Kleeblatt happily, admitting that he only found out about this 100-hectare area in the Kranzberger Forst through planning the Flower Power Festival. A good example of how the festival should broaden the vision of what grows in the Bavarian cultural landscape and wants to be ogled.

Floral art by Munich-based photographer Natalie Strohmaier
Germany’s next top flower: this is what the Munich-based photographer Natalie Strohmaier calls her series of flower models. On view in April at Kunstlabor 2. © Flower Power Festival

“We are delighted that the festival combines art and science. An exciting cocktail that tastes good on both sides: we can inspire enthusiasm for science through art and vice versa,” emphasizes Gorman, who is the founding director of the Bavarian Natural History Museum. Roger Diederen (Munich Art Gallery), Gudrun Kadereit (Munich-Nymphenburg Botanical Garden) and Max Wagner (Gasteig) are the initiators of the project.

As with “Faust”, they deliberately decided against a festival pass, which you can buy and then visit all the events at no extra cost. “We wanted to give each participant the opportunity to act with complete freedom,” explains Max Wagner. A single bill would have acted as a corset that everyone would have to fit into. Now everyone can set their own prices. Most of the offers are free. A walk through the wildflower meadow in the English Garden, for example, which was created by the Bavarian Palace Department. Walking, looking, smelling, touching. What sensual pleasure!

The Flower Power Festival takes place from February 3 to October 7, 2023. The constantly updated program is available here

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