This month, “Politik im Freien Theater” will be coming to Bavaria and Munich for the first time. The festival is a mirror of current political and social conditions while offering an overview of contemporary theatre aesthetics. This year’s edition the 10th in total takes up the slogan “Rich”. It unearths questions about economic, cultural and social inequalities. The gap between “poor” and “rich” is widening more and more on a local, national and global scale. The festival highlights social disparities in Germany and Europe, as well as focusing on the situation in the Bavarian capital. The refugee issue in particular clearly shows how a post-colonial situation, which can only be understood on a global scale, becomes visible through local events.

A jury of seven set out on a journey across Europe for more than a year. At the end of their research, a selection of 14 plays in total were made from the independent German-speaking and international theatre scene. They present current and evocative topics in a clever, provocative way and the result is both stimulating and mould-breaking. With She She Pop, Gob Squad and Rimini Protokoll (the latter represented by two works invited by the Münchner Kammerspiele outside the regular guest programme) a number of forerunners and stars from the independent scene will perform Munich. Their productions explore a range of topics such as: people who can afford their own apartment thanks to an inheritance, while others have to spend half of their net income on rent; large construction sites that have spun out of control through corruption, inscrutable conflicts of interest and simple botch-ups; and ideals of beauty, narcissism, and selfie madness in the midst of the capitalist logic of exploitation.

Many other new and less well-known names can also be discovered. The Korean-Dutch director Jaha Koo hacks into the voice menus and the digital displays of three rice cookers and tells how the policies of the International Monetary Fund in his home country has triggered a wave of suicides. The Swiss theatre collective Thom Truong divides up the audience according to the colour of their eyes. With the greatest intensity, they confront visitors with privileges that seem so self-evident, they are not even aware of them. The Brussels group Berlin portrays a couple living in the restricted area of Chernobyl that is radioactively contaminated. Even in the most adverse conditions, they manage to preserve something like autonomy and love. Beside the guest performances, a wide-ranging programme offers many opportunities to expand knowledge, discover new perspectives and to put beliefs to the test in film screenings, readings, lectures, discussions, workshops, walking tours, exhibitions, concerts and much more. In addition, an extensive school and youth programme is aimed specifically at teachers and pupils of all school types.

The 16 guest appearances, as well as the accompanying programme, can be seen at venues all over Munich. The venues include the Münchner Kammerspiele, the Schauburg, the Muffatwerk, PATHOS / heavy riders, HochX, Harry Klein Club and many more.

“Politik im Freien Theater” is organised every three years by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung / bpb in different cities and in cooperation with a city or state theatre and a figure from the independent scene.

Further information (available in German only): www.politikimfreientheater.de

Tickets for every event are bookable online or via phone. The Festivalpass (valid for up to 10 events) can only be booked via phone at the box office: 089 / 233 966 00 (Opening hours: Monday to Saturday, 11 am to 7 pm)

10TH FESTIVAL POLITIK IM FREIEN THEATER is a Cooperation Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung / bpb with Münchner Kammerspiele and Spielmotor München e.V. The Festival is supported by the Cultural Office of the City of Munich.

Supported by PwC-Stiftung; Pro Helvetia, Schweizer Kulturstiftung; Goethe-Institut; NATIONALES PERFORMANCE NETZ Gastspielförderung Theater, funded by Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the ministries of culture and art of the German states.

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