The Festival


ARENA... Of The Young Arts is an international dance, theater and performance festival which takes place in Erlangen every year. For four days different artists from all over the world show their art, which has been inspired by the yearly changing motto of the festival. In different independent locations artists show contemporary, multi medial and interdisciplinary productions. Besides the exiting program, there are also workshops, concerts, movie screenings, discussions and installations to inspire people and bring them together. In our Festivalcenter, there is always time for artists, festival guests and helpers to come together, to relax and exchange interests and new impressions.

Motto 2018:

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We fail by trying. We achieve by trying. Flying high. Faster, further, better than anything before. Finding ways that have not been pursued yet. Life as a search, an odyssey for meaningfulness. In this we encounter dead ends. Detours and new roads that might always bring us to a new dataset.Be it within society, the landscape of the media or the arts - we search but can’t find ourselves. In a world that only lives of acceleration it can be hard to go for a definite destination because we have a multitude of exits to choose from. But even the way to this undefined destination can be difficult. We move fast at times and then slow. We don’t move at all or we move because others have shown us the way. 404 not found. This doesn’t mean that we are lost. Art is a journey of finding new pathways and preserving them. Where we thought it is impossible to go further. Recognizing road blocks and finding new paths through art. The problems and frustrations that we might encounter on this road show us new ways to destinations that we didn’t see before. Art serves as an escape from situations that we can’t continue in, as an alternative when proven patterns of behavior don’t work anymore and as an opportunity to uncover such patterns as no longer beneficial. ARENA...of the young arts will take place for the 28th time in 2018. We want to build a platform and create a space for intercultural and international discourse. As a direction, a path and a destination. So that you can hardly wait for the next error message.

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