4-7 September 2014, Workshop during Isarinselfest

The first day started with a bicycle tour along the river Isar. Bernd Pfleger, abstractor of the Building Department presented the concept of renaturation of the Isar. Since the mid- 1980s, numerous efforts were induced to end the river´s artificial straightening and to promote ecological diversity, which has become a matter of major concern. The concept of renaturation focuses on four priority purposes:

·       Better protection against floods

·       More ecological space for the river

·       High quality of life, cultural use and leisure

·       increase of audience development

munchenWhile guiding the participants through Munich´s town hall, city councilor Christian Müller  informed them about the political, economic and financial background of the city. However, the main discussion focused on the work and the duties of the city council regarding the IsarInselFest. According to Mr. Müller, the city council´s mediation role contributed considerably to a greater public knowledge of the festival (audience development).

Opening of IsarInselFest and listening to the performance of the italian group “Angela Milanese & friends”


2nd Day – Saturday, 6th September

1.     Round Table

2.     Talk 1: Karin Sporrer: Specials of the IFF  – Discussion

3.     Talk 2: Michael Morgott: Security measures at major events – Discussion

4.    Guided tour to the IsarInselFest area with explanations regarding the development of the festival in the last five years. Special local requirements had been discussed.


Sunday, 7th September

Guided tour in the olympic park and village of the Olympic games 1972 with Uli Boesser, city councilor, (Subsequent use of public sport facilities – a best practice example for audience development)

The Olympic Park and the Olympic village are one of Munich´s best known sites. The Olympic site of 1972 avoided the destiny of numerous former Olympic sites, which wound up being nothing but unused buildings and a fiscal burden. The city of Munich succeeded greatly in transforming the former Olympic area into a public space for sports and leisure activities. Sport events as well as cultural and musical events alternate on a daily basis and turned the Olympic Park into a meeting place for everybody.

City councilor Uli Boesser talked about the subsequent use of public sport facilities and highlighted the cities developmental activities to attract a wide range of people.

Back to the IsarInselFest area the participants of the workshop had been invited to a meet &great event with the mayor of the city of Munich Dieter Reiter, the head of Jewish religious community Dr. Charlotte Knobloch, different city councilors, sponsors and important persons of economic and cultural institutions in Munich. There were a lot of interesting discussions regarding the development of the IsarInselfest in the last five years to one of the important and second biggest events in Munich.

rivercitiesVisit River//Cities for more info about the project. The River//Cities Platform is a partnership between cultural, environmental and political initiatives which work in their cities to interact with and develop their rivers or waterfronts as cultural spaces.