Yesterday evening, I went with friends for the first time spontaneously to the Zürcher Theater Spektakel. It was a fun and welcome alternative to an usual Saturday evening in Zurich, different, alternative and mind-opening. Founded in 1980 as an annual meeting of independent theatre groups, it quickly evolved into a cultural event of international appeal. Today it ranks among the most important European festivals for the contemporary performing arts, a popular venue for both renowned and upcoming theatre and dance companies from all over the world.
Walking to the festival already feels like being on vacation again.
The festival is spread over 18 days at the «Landiwiese». It feels like being somewhere else in the world. This superb, park-like site, located directly on the shores of Lake Zurich, hosts various different sized activities during the festival. Onsite restaurants and bars, performances under the open sky and versatile ad hoc events offer all sorts of entertainment to enjoy the open-air season.
Here are some of my photos that I took last night. Enjoy!
«Nieder mit den Alpen» (down with the Alps)…
… «freie Sicht aufs Mittelmeer» (unobstructed view of the Mediterranean), an initiative of the Social Muscle Club…
… that celebrated «ein Tisch für alle» (a table for everyone) last night.
All sorts of live acts attract the open-minded spectators.
People of all ages enjoy the atmosphere outside… watching the people themselves is already a spectacle.
You can even get open-air massages…
… relax on the beautiful shores of Lake Zurich…
… or buy some arts and crafts.
For the festival’s schedule, click here please. It goes on until September 1, 2019.
Photos: © Sandra Bauknecht