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Sustainability festival sparks new impulses

3. May 2022

What should the society of the future look like? And how can we all bring about a climate policy turnaround? Answers to these questions can be found at the changemaker festival “Wild Spaces” in Heilbronn from June 2 to 5. In a tent city at Theresienwiese, experimenta invites the public to attend lectures and workshops as well as to enjoy cultural and culinary highlights.

Under the motto “Wilde Ideen für morgen” [Wild Ideas for Tomorrow], the Theresienwiese in Heilbronn will be transformed from June 2 to 5 into one of the largest sustainability festivals in Germany. The event that is being held at the same time as the Ecsite conference – an international networking forum for science engagement organizations – not only addresses teens and young adults, but people of all age groups who wish to shape a future that is sustainable.

Preserve nature and shape the future
The “Wild Spaces” festival focuses on three main areas: “Create knowledge”, “Preserve nature”, and “Shape the future”. The program includes more than 100 events and has numerous hands-on activities. Participants can make their own beeswax wraps, for example, as an environmentally friendly alternative to plastic wrap, design and finish textiles, or compose their own music using birdcalls with well-known biologist and DJ Dominik Eulberg. At a clothing exchange party, participants can swop pieces of clothing no longer wanted or that no longer fit. This protects the environment and saves money. In lectures, environmental organizations as well as social institutions and services present their offerings and contributions to a sustainable future. They also provide insight into the world of tomorrow and show possible solutions for climate-neutral behavior – regardless of whether alternative forms of energy supply or tips for socially and ecologically fair spending on textiles.

Inspiring photographic and film art
The photo exhibition “Faszination Wissenschaft” [Fascinated by Science] by Herlinde Koelbl is a complement to “Wild Spaces”. For the exhibition, the internationally famous photographer has taken portraits of 60 eminent natural scientists from around the world in an unusual way: she asked her subjects to write the essence of their research on their hand. In two workshops on the topic “Shape the Future”, on June 3 and 4, Herlinde Koelbl will discuss the goals and desires that drive humankind with participants. Inspiring impressions are also provided by the NaturVision film festival on June 4: it showcases films that present the diversity and beauty of the animal and plant kingdom and encouraging solutions to protect the earth.

Free-of-charge and outdoors
The venue at Theresienwiese has plenty of room for good ideas. In the special-built tent city, visitors will find workshop and lecture tents, information booths of regional participants we well as an opinion campus where everyone can share their thoughts and ideas. Live music and food trucks offering regional specialties ensure a true festival feeling at the free event. “Wild Spaces” takes place on June 2 and 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., the campus is open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. on June 4 and 5. Pre-registration is recommended to visit workshops and lectures. Please use the website to register: since the number of available spaces is limited.