Thomas Markworth
Thomas Markworth - President of the Kurt-Weill-Gesellschaft e.V.



General Music Director Markus L. Frank, Directors Johannes Weigand, Gerhard Kämpfe and Dr. Jürgen Schebera (f.l.t.r.)




Kurt Weill Festival Dessau

Dear friends of the Kurt Weill Festival,

What could possibly connect such diverse figures as Walter Gropius, Lyonel Feininger, Charles Lindbergh and Kurt Weill? They all showed a willingness to explore new worlds; they all “dared to innovate”; and they all lived in an age in which every aspect of life was transformed, when the old world order was shaken to its core. Yet this dawning of the avant-garde was not only greeted with enthusiasm but also with rejection, with many clinging on to seemingly tried-and-trusted ideas. The wide-ranging cultural revolution also revealed sharp contradictions in a society that was deeply divided about the paths it wanted to take.

Even in this second decade of the 21st century, our society is anything but united in agreement. Thus the 27th Kurt Weill Festival, with its motto “Dare to Innovate”, is highly relevant at a time when, 100 years after the foundation of Bauhaus, we take inspiration from the movement’s aim to “rethink the world”. In the world of musical theatre, Weill belonged to the avant-garde just as much as the Bauhaus masters did in the fields of design, architecture and painting. Innovation and creative thinking give new impulses to our lives, in which we constantly face new challenges.

Following the “Weill Principle”, the festival programme has been designed by up-and-coming as well as established artists. First and foremost, Artist-in-Residence Ute Lemper has accepted the invitation to come to Dessau and will shape the festival through her enormous creativity.

We are grateful to the City of Dessau-Roßlau and the State of Saxony-Anhalt for their generous support of the Kurt Weill Festival. Thanks also go to all the supporters and sponsors whose assistance enables us to offer such a huge variety of events. We are delighted that these include our festival partner, the Kurt Weill Foundation from New York.
It is with great pleasure that we welcome you as our guests to the 27th Kurt Weill Festival and wish you many wonderful and unforgettable hours.

Thomas Markworth
President of the Kurt-Weill-Gesellschaft e.V.






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