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Review of the Tollwood Winter Festival 2014

The Tollwood Winter Festival has ended with the News Year’s Eve Party.

was the motto of the last Winter Festival. Like on previous festivals, Tollwood took a stand for the end of industrial livestock farming. The Hungarian artist Gabor Miklos Szoke implemented the motto with the creation of a large wooden sculpture called »Lonely Pig«, which was located at the entrance of the festival ground.

Many people visited the redesigned »World Salon« (Weltsalon) which is Tollwood’s tent for ecological and social issues. Twelve rooms with different themes invited the visitor to experience, to join in or to reflect.

The Australian vaudeville-production »LIMBO«, which was staged at the nostalgic spiegelzelt, filled the audience with enthusiasm. A combination of artistical, thrilling and erotical elements convinced both audiences and critics.

Artistrys was also presented at the Theaterzelt. The German-Canadian one-man-show »LEO« was charmingly cheating gravity. Both children and adults were mightly amused with »Smashed« – the show of the nine jugglers of the British company Gandini Juggling. The third production – »André & Dorine« of the Spanish company Kulunka Teatro – also proved popular.

All in all, there have been over 400 events during the last Tollwood Winter Festival. About 70 percent of them were free of charge. 220 international craftworkers presented their products at the »Market of Ideas«, most of them were fair-traded. 55 food stalls served meals from all over the world, freshly made with close to 100 percent certified organically grown food. More vegetarian-vegan food was offered at the new established »DiningRoom« (EssZimmer), which proved to be very popular among the festival visitors.

photo: Bernd Wackerbauer