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#IBUgDiary2015 Day1…there’s a place for us

in Arts/Culture / Entertainment

IBUg (created from the first letters of the German phrase for Industrial Renewal) changes locations within the same region each year. This year it’s at the Alte Kaffeerösterei which was a factory during the GDR. Among other grocery items, they roasted coffee beans imported from Cuba. About 80% of the factories in Plauen were destroyed during WWII. This one was built some time in the 50s. Like almost all industry here, it was closed when the wall came down. In the mid 90s people came in to a mere skeleton of a building with no windows and started throwing illegal parties and events. Like so many post wall success stories, in time the parties became legal. About 6 years ago the owner of the building went bankrupt and one of the group that had been renting the space, Andre Schatz, bought it.

Andre is a man with a vision of an open and tolerant world. The space now also includes an indoor skate park, dance studio, a sound studio and working space for football fans of local teams. A longtime DJ and promoter, he organises parties and street festivals like the one that’s coming up on Sunday, Hazelbrunner Strassenfest that will have a variety of live music, activies for the whole family as well as a 700m urban garden for refugees and more. He is all about making space available for people to enable community projects. That’s why when the Cultural Minister of Plauen came to him with the IBUg concept, he was totally on board immediately. He liked the free reign the artists are given to produce whatever they want. He also liked that well established and relatively unknowns create in the same realm, likewise he books big acts and gives newcomers a chance.

 

Artist, curator and writer: maeshelle west-davies gleans her varied life experiences to expose a personal perspective through a multitude of mediums.

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