Among a lot of other plans we had the idea to organize a festival with all the artists who present their craftsmanship to the audience on the streets. During their performances they collect money in a hat, and all too often it is a 'tough go' to live on that.
Nevertheless there are many single artists and groups who are exceptional at what they do, and some careers have started 'on the road'.
We have been inspired by (fortunately in the meantime) existing miscellaneous festivals all over Europe and collected countless addresses of street musicians, street artists, jugglers, clowns and comedians. We spotted tremendous performances at Piccadilly Circus in London, at the Ramblas in Barcelona or at the Festival de Théatre de Rue in the french town of Aurillac. The funniest and most relaxing moments of getting to know each other were on bridges, over the river Seine in Paris, the river Liffey in Dublin, the river Vltava in Prague or the river Aare in swiss Berne.
But not until during a conversation with Jörg Adler, the managing director of the Münster all-weather zoo, did the idea evolve: Why not organizing a festival at the zoo with artists performing in various zoo areas? At least the animals would have fun with that!
The artists' first reactions were that of caution, an occasion such as this hadn’t been attempted before. But after some thought first questions were asked, such as: Is it possible to perform beside the lions' cage? Are elephants able to trumpet Jazz? Are chimpanzees allowed to drum? Do meerkats start the Vienna Waltz with their left paw? Should be funny to juggle together with seals!
And like the animals from all over the world living together at the zoo, we were fascinated by the idea of inviting international artists from as many different countries as possible to our festival, to represent a high bandwidth of worldwide culture.