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Goosebumps at the start of the Münsterland Festival part 11

Sold-out concert at the Haus Nottbeck cultural estate opens region-wide series of events

From quiet to fast-paced, from classical to powerful, from profound to fast-paced: The Donauwellenreiter provided special goosebump moments and exciting insights into the music and culture of Austria at the opening concert of the Münsterland Festival part 11. The sold-out concert at the Haus Nottbeck cultural estate in Oelde was also the start of a month full of music, art and dialogue throughout the Münsterland. Until 6 November, the series of events organised by Münsterland e.V. under the motto "Alpine Sounds without Altitude" invites visitors to a total of around 40 events in the region, this time with Austria as the guest country.

The eleventh edition of the Münsterland Festival was ceremoniously opened by the District Administrator of the Warendorf district, Dr. Olaf Gericke, by Klaus Kaiser, Parliamentary State Secretary in the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia, and by Dr. Denise Quistorp, Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum Berlin. Afterwards, Thomas Castañeda, Maria Craffonara, Jörg Mikula and Lukas Lauermann from the Donauwellenreitern took to the stage and convinced the audience with their interplay of piano, violin, percussion, cello and vocals.

"The opening concert with the Donauwellenreitern reflected the content of the festival in an impressive way with its refreshing and dynamic compositions. An exciting and varied programme, made particularly appealing by the combination of tradition and modernity," emphasised Christine Sörries, Artistic Director of the Münsterland Festival.

Before the performance of the quartet Donauwellenreiter, Mirijam Streibl, who was born in Austria and lives in Münster, also brought original sounds of Austria to the region. In a cosy picnic atmosphere in the courtyard of the Kulturgut, Mirijam Streibl built acoustic bridges between Austria and Münsterland with her sound installations, including cowbells and other sounds captured in the host country.

"We are happy about the successful opening concert, the great atmosphere and the super mood among the guests. It became clear how much people have missed music and culture in the past almost two years. This makes us all the more hopeful and eager for the next exciting weeks full of Austrian music, art and culture," emphasised Lars Krolik, Festival Director at Münsterland e.V..

The festival continues this week with concerts by 5K HD in Münster (13 October), the solo artist Manu Delago in Lüdinghausen (14 October) and two city parties with subsequent concerts in Borken and Havixbeck on 16 and 17 October. In addition, the second exhibition of prINT - Das Grafikprojekt will open in Borken on 14 October. Its artists have also been presenting prints at Kloster Bentlage in Rheine since the weekend.

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All events of the Münsterland Festival will take place under the Corona Protection Ordinance in force at the time of the festival, each with its own hygiene and safety concept. The 3G rule applies, proof of identity will be checked at the entrance. Up-to-date information is available at

Organiser: Münsterland e.V.
Festival director: Lars Krolik (Münsterland e.V.)
Artistic director: Christine Sörries
Partners and sponsors
Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (Regional Cultural Policy funding programme), districts of Münsterland (Borken, Coesfeld, Steinfurt and Warendorf), City of Münster, LWL Cultural Department, Austrian Cultural Forum, Austrian Music Export, BERESA, Hilde and Bodo Crone Foundation, Sparkasse Münsterland Ost, Sparkasse Westmünsterland, Kreissparkasse Steinfurt, Stiftung Kunst und Kultur Münsterland, KulturStiftung Masthoff, kultur.west (media partner), Westfalenspiegel (media partner), WDR 3 (cultural partner), Münsterland-Siegel.

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