3 p.m. | Café Flocke
Reading Instead of Lecture
Lecturers ‚in the wild‘
Fantasy instead of research. Poetry instead of teaching: Reading Instead of Lecture offers the rare opportunity to study lecturers of Siegen University ‚in the wild‘. Lecturers as well as, for the first time, employees of the uni will present their personal favourite books, read extracts from them, and thus enable us to get to know them outside of their natural habitat of lecture-hall or office. The only demand: it must not be a non-fiction book. Will it rather be some light reading we are going to hear or something particularly moving? Something humorous or dramatic, a classic or rather a current bestseller? Enriched by short interviews and personal comments on the choice of book a relaxed-suspenseful mixture will be created which is certain to have many surprises in store. And at the Café Flocke the physical well-being is best catered for anyway. Dr. Nathanael Busch will emcee the afternoon in his usual charming way.
Admission: 3,- €
Inheriting a villa is not a bad thing. When, however, it then turns out that the dilapidated dump looks as if it would collapse at any moment, such an inheritance is perhaps not a stroke of luck at all. Melli would rather have stayed in New York instead of moving to this backwater place in Germany. But since the Bower family are chronically skint, her parents jump at the chance and move into the old ramshackle house. Melli notices right in the very first night that something is wrong here. Again and again she feels icy cold, and there are crunchy and creaky noises in the woodwork. At times she can even hear faint sighs. Together with the neighbour’s boy Hotte Melli unravels the well-kept mystery of her great-gran-cousin-in-law Emilie and suddenly finds herself in the midst of a real ghost adventure.
Young book enthusiasts can experience this adventure first-hand with the author Frank Reifenberg and the blind reader Heiko Kunert: in a suspense-packed but also funny staging Reifenberg and Kunert take turns in reading day and night scenes in the light and in the dark respectively. For this purpose the book was transcribed into Braille.
Admission: 3,- €
When winter comes and snow and ice cover all the tracks, evil awakens in the secluded forests of Brandenburg. Over night boys and girls mysteriously disappear. No child has ever been seen again. Only one girl reappears unexpectedly and distraught, her lips since then sealed. She only breaks her silence when a distressed father begins to investigate on his own initiative. But with this the spiral of evil begins to spin even faster.
Zoran Drvenkar was born in Croatia in 1967 and moved to Berlin with his parents as a three-year-old. For over 20 years he has been working as an independent writer, writing novels, poetry and drama for children, young people and adults. Zoran has been awarded numerous prizes for his books, among them the German Youth Literature Award and the Friedrich-Glauser Prize. The audio-book Still was read by Christoph Maria Herbst.
Admission: 5,- €
Fantasy and magic are omnipresent in our bookshops. But can this popularity also be found in other countries? Is a Japanese fairytale different from a German one, and if so, in what way? What characterizes fantasy literature in France? This year All You Can Read is totally dedicated to the fantastical. In the Musikbar Schellack students from four different countries serve literary samples from their home countries and introduce us in conversation to the fantasy stories of their childhood and youth. True to tradition this issue of All You Can Read is again presented in various different languages: the texts chosen are first read in the original language, followed by a German translation. During the interval and after the reading there will be the opportunity to exchange views on the selected works in a personal conversation with the readers.
Hoshiko Iwataki (Japan), Nelly Basova (Russia), Héloïse Serret (France), Ben Wrigley (Great Britain)
Admission: 3.- €
8 p.m. | Kulturhaus Lÿz
The Mysterious Magician of London
„Hello, this is Edgar Wallace speaking!“ A man has drowned, a millionaire. Was it suicide? Or an accident? In the night it had been rather foggy along the River Thames … Inspector Derrick Yale of Scotland Yard is rather sceptical, and his boss Sir John even thinks it’s murder! Soon there are more dead bodies. Who is the murderer? Maybe even the legendary Mysterious Magician? But he is dead! Or isn’t he? Yale starts investigating and has to deal with shady villains, dubious characters and deceitful doppelgangers. And the fog is getting thicker and thicker …
Edgar Wallace is, besides Agatha Christie, regarded as the most successful and most famous classic of the detective story. Titles like The Mysterious Magician (aka The Ringer), The Indian Scarf or The Fellowship of the Frog are world-famous and have been turned into movies numerous times.
In The Mysterious Magician of London RadioLiveTheater celebrates the art of audio-play in its supreme form. With music, sound effects, characteristic voices, live and in stereo, the cast goes on the hunt for the Mysterious Magician of London and stumbles across a great deal of dead bodies. Costumes and play-acting turn the stage show of the audio-play specialists into a criminalistic delight for ears and eyes, because “it still holds true: It is impossible not to be fascinated by Edgar Wallace”! (Buchreport)
VVK: 16,- € / AK: 18,- € / erm.: 14,- € / 585 (Ehrenamt, Schüler & Studenten)
200 years ago, on 1 January 1818, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein was published for the first time. The novel about the obsessed scientist Dr. Victor Frankenstein who wants to create artificial life and brings a monster into the world advanced to become one of the major works of world literature.
The leading London event guide Remote Goat calls Ben Haggarty “the Nick Cave of storytelling”. Since 1981 he appears before his audiences and tells stories, fairy tales, sagas, legends and epics from all civilizations for up to two hours. And also Frankenstein. And how! With spirit, charm, humour, and a gamut of changing facial expressions Haggarty performs and improvises, responds to his audience and never exaggerates. He is supported and accompanied by the multi-instrumentalist Sianed Jones, who cloaks Shelley’s novel in a sound costume between steam punk and violin. And there can hardly be a more suitable setting in Siegen for Frankenstein than the princely vault in the Lower Castle
Admission: 5.- €
At the time of this programme going to print it was not yet clear if on the day of this event restoration works would be carried out in the princely vault. In that case Frankenstein will take place in the Kleines Theater in the Kulturhaus Lÿz, St.-Johann-Str. 18, 57074 Siegen. Please find out on www.vielseitig-festival.eu or on 0271 3332448.