You are thinking about the summer that has been too long, too warm, endless, scary. But that is over now. Winter finally came and the rain was like a relief, or at least for the first days. There was room again for the retrieving, hiding, darkness, a lot of darkness… and you were happy to welcome it all. The planet may become too warm, but at least we are still having some seasons here.
But now you’re stuck again on the road. Alone in your car, among all those other cars, and you’re looking at the garland of red backlights glowing in the rain. You know it will be long. You know you will be late. How come the trains were on strike again? And while the rain is pouring down around you, and the radio is flooding your brain with dystopian news and the car heating system is burning your feet, you’re thinking, fortunately, there will be an end to this too… The end of winter.
You’re thinking about what you would need, when eventually the winter is over—because this rain can’t just continue forever—what you would need then, is a joyful gathering. But now it seems like your windshield wipers are busted again, you can barely see whether there’s still a world out there. Probably there is. You return to your thinking, actually, before all that comes back again, the light, the sun, the sweat, another spring that strangely feels like summer already, what you would like is just a nice place where people get together. A moment where all kind of creatures gather to celebrate what is past and everything that is still to come. And they would all turn up out of the black cold to look at the luminous creations that were made in the darkness of the winter. And they would all sit and look at some theatre. And quite a lot of dance. And also some joyful music, or people singing together.
And suddenly, while the car in front of you is disappearing as if in an automated carwash, you know: actually, what you would really, really need.. is a festival. The End of Winter Festival.
The practices of joyful collective rituals are essential to the art of living on a damaged planet. Donna Haraway.
The apap artists Maria Jerez and Gérald Kurdian are performing at the Festival. Here you’ll find the complete programme of End of Winter