© Florian Gaertner
International Workcamp – MEETINGPOINT MUSIC MESSIAEN e.V.
26.07.- 09.08.2014 in Görlitz-Zgorzelec
Single trees forming a forest, birds chirping, a straggle of stone pillars and paths, scattered foundation remains of buildings… If you took a second glance, you might even suspect what has happened in this place before. 120 000 prisoners of war from Poland, France, Belgium, the Soviet Union, Italy and many other European countries passed through StaLag VIII A. What makes this place so unique? Olivier Messiaen’s QUARTET FOR THE END OF TIME was created during his captivity workshop the artist Matthias Beier will introduce THE END OF TIME was created during his captivity as a prisoner of war and premiered on the very grounds of the camp, in 1941. Today this seemingly forgotten place has become a MEETINGPOINT where you can explore, understand and feel the European spirit – in the German and Polish twin city Görlitz-Zgorzelec which itself is situated in the heart of Europe where the three countries Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic meet.
Workcamp – what’s that?
Workcamp participants mostly come from different countries. Together they work as a team at one certain place, which they tidy up, restore or even certain place, which they tidy up, restore or even create something new. During the days everyone gets to know each other better, exchange cultural experience while preparing their typical meals and exploring the region in their freetime. In the last few years Workcamps gained very much popularity. Mostly, they take place during summerbreak.
THE END OF TIME was created during his captivity workshop the artist Matthias Beier will introduce During the day we will clean and tidy up camp- grounds, at the former baracks, the memorial and on the cemetry. While working there we can try to connect to and really comprehend history with view on present and even future. A smaller group of participants will get the chance to become part of the construction process of the fourth metal-sculpture surrounding the QUARTET FOR THE END OF TIME. During the workshop the artist Matthias Beier will introduce you to the world of metal and music by Messiaen. In the last phase – all forces joined together – we will install the sculpture on camp- grounds. But let’s not forget about leisure time. In the evenings and on the weekends we cook together, exchange cultural experiences and get to know each other. Interesting excursions in the region and to Dresden, swimming and a street theater festival await us.
Who can take part?
Young people from Germany, Poland and Italy who are interested in the topic and in multicultural exchange at the age of 16 to 26.
We live in shared flats in the old town of Görlitz.
We prepare our meals on our own.