The Münsterland Festival team did not expect such a great response either: it sold more than 300 tickets with the fundraising campaign “No-concert of superlatives” and thus raised around 4500 euros. Now the recipients of these proceeds have been determined: 22 artists and cultural professionals as well as ensembles from the region, whose engagements were canceled due to the Corona crisis.
"It was great to see that so many people showed solidarity with the artists and cultural workers and so diligently bought tickets for the no-concert," emphasizes Lars Krolik, Festival Director at Münsterland eV Andre Sebastian, Head of the Münsterland Cultural Office, adds: "We hope that the diverse art and culture scene in the Münsterland will be preserved in spite of the crisis and not only do our best to support the scene with this campaign but also with our other offers from the cultural office."
With the no-concert, the Münsterland Festival invited to an imaginary concert in May and focused on the solidarity of the Münsterlanders. Because tickets were still available for 9,90 or 19,90 euros. The entire proceeds went to the Münsterland Art and Culture Foundation, which is now granting unscheduled grants. Artists from the region were able to apply for these funds until the end of May. All 22 applications have now been approved, only the application volume has been adjusted to the available budget. These include artists and cultural workers from the entire region and from a wide variety of genres: theater, dance, music, musicals or cabaret.
The Münsterland Art and Culture Foundation, based at Münsterland eV, supported the festival organizers in the allocation of proceeds. "We were very pleased with the variety of applications and it was important for us to consider all applications," emphasizes Andre Sebastian, Managing Director of the Foundation and Head of the Münsterland Cultural Office.
"We tried to support established ensembles as well as bands and labels that had not existed for so long because they hit the crisis extremely hard," explains Lars Krolik.
Among the sponsors is MNEME, a newer collective of professional dancers who thanks everyone who participated and participated in the fundraiser. "Unfortunately, due to the Corona crisis in April, all of our ideas for our new project 'Mission Funkel' in the Theater an der Meerwiese in Münster were canceled," says Charlotte Petersen. The dancers hope that they can catch up on their participatory dance theater performance at a later date and are also planning performances in the Münsterland.
The musician Christiancap (trumpet and flugelhorn), who has often performed at the Münsterland Festival himself and also works as an arranger, composer and music teacher, is one of the sponsors. "From mid-March to the end of August alone, 29 concerts and workshops will be canceled for me," Kapel lists. "I am all the more grateful for the commitment of the Münsterlanders to support us artists."
An overview of all recipients is available online at www.muensterland.com/kultur.
The past Münsterland Festival sponsored:
Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (regional cultural policy support program), districts of the Münsterland (Borken, Coesfeld, Steinfurt and Warendorf), City of Münster, LWL Culture Department, Sparkasse Westmünsterland, Kreissparkasse Steinfurt, Hilde and Bodo Crone Foundation, Foundation Art and culture Münsterland, KulturStiftung Masthoff, BERESA, Pianohaus Micke, kultur.west (media partner), Westfalenspiegel (media partner), Westfälische Nachrichten (media partner), WDR 3 (culture partner).