In June 2007 there will be the International
Cultural Festival SICHT:WECHSEL in the Upper Austrian provincial
capital Linz, presenting different arts and aesthetics of people with
special needs to a broad public. The festival will cover all fields of
arts with and from people with special needs, emphasising the visual
arts. Responsible body of this festival is the non-profit association
"Integrative Kulturarbeit" (Integrative Cultural Work) with members
of important Upper Austrian social organisations (Caritas, pro mente,
Lebenshilfe, Diakonie, Institut Hartheim).
Nine days SICHT:WECHSEL will
show artistic activities of high quality from people with special needs
in the city centre of Linz and initiate intensive preoccupations with
aesthetical and special forms of expressions.
Productions of famous international and national theatre groups,
concerts of artists with a handicap, exhibitions and artistic
activities in public spaces will be part of the diverse festival
program. An extensive workshop program as well as a symposium of
several days with international participants will show the big variety
of artistic activities of people with special needs.
The artistic manager of the festival is Mrs. Prof. Elisabeth Braun from
Esslingen in Germany. Mrs. Braun holds the chair for
"Sonderpädagogische Kulturarbeit" (special educational cultural
work) at the Institute for Special Education of the Pedagogical
University in Ludwigsburg/Germany and has a profound knowledge of the
international cultural scene within this special context. Her festival
Kultur am Rande (culture at the edge) in Reutlingen/Germany is known
beyond the German borders and stands for sophisticated arts of people
with special needs.
The International Integrative Cultural
Festival SICHT:WECHSEL will make Linz for 9 days the centre of
arts from and with people with special needs and thus transform
existing prejudices into new perspectives of a cultural integration of
people with different kinds of disabilities.