Fusion Festival

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Fusion Festival
Фузион
Fusion festival logo, rendered in Cyrillic
Musikfestival Fusion Festival 2004.jpg
Fusion Festival area at Müritz Airpark in Lärz near Mirow, Mecklenburg, Germany
Genre World, Electronic, Reggae, Folk, Hip Hop, Dance
Dates last weekend of June or first weekend of July
Location(s) Lärz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany
Years active 1997-
Website
fusion-festival.de

The Fusion Festival is a music and arts festival with a countercultural character. It takes place at a former military airport called Müritz Airpark in Lärz, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, in northeastern Germany. The festival name is often depicted in Cyrillic letters as Фузион, but pronounced like the English word fusion ['fjuʒən]. The annual festival was started by the Kulturkosmos organisation in 1997. It lasts four to six days, usually at the end of June. In 2016, the Fusion Festival event took place from June 29 - July 3, and which has attracted some 70,000 attendees for each year's festival, since the 2013 event, which the comparable American Burning Man event only matched in 2015.[1]

Different musical styles are represented at the festival, but the line up is not released beforehand. Mostly electronic music is present, but there is no stylistic restriction for the various live music acts, and the festival attendees may bring their own instruments. The festival also holds its own film festival and features different scales of art installations. Attendees may bring their own art and appear in artistic costumes. Only vegetarian food is sold at the festival grounds.

The festival gears to create a Temporary Autonomous Zone and a transformational environment. Due to its avantgardistic attitude and the variety of art, the Fusion Festival has been described by organizers as a "European Burning Man",[2] although it is not an official regional Burn. It is also compared to the Glastonbury Festival.

Concept[edit]

The Fusion Festival combines all styles of the underground electronic music scene and various other styles, sometimes depending on the attendees who choose to play their own music. [2][3] It is described as a space people go to free their minds from their everyday lives, jobs, studies and other responsibilities. It is the result of the search for an alternative through music, to the system "people are forced to live in". People go to the Fusion to experience a different way of socializing and living, where experiencing one another freely, sharing love for music and art connects different scenes and minds. It is a clothing-optional event. Art installations include performance arts, static artworks, sculptures, art cars and various other forms.[4]

Festival site[edit]

Dancing Desert installation at Fusion Festival 2014

Fusion Festival began in 1997 near the city of Lärz[5] in north-eastern Germany, about 160 km from Berlin and 230 km from Hamburg.[6]

The location is on the original grass-covered grounds of the disused Erprobungsstelle Rechlin Third Reich-era central military experimental airfield (at 53°20′48.11″N 12°44′23.25″E / 53.3466972°N 12.7397917°E / 53.3466972; 12.7397917 for the 234-hectare area central field) about 4.5 km (2.25 miles) due north of the modern Rechlin-Lärz Airfield facility. The site was first acquired by the German Empire in 1916 as an aviation research and training ground, opening the facility for use by the Luftstreitkräfte in August 1918. After the establishment of the Luftwaffe in 1935, the field served as the Erprobungsstelle Rechlin central military aircraft test facility of the Third Reich through early 1945, and it was captured by the Soviet Red Army on May 2, 1945, for use by the VVS. There are grass-covered concrete hangars (actual bunkers) from that time that were used for Soviet fighter aircraft (hence the Cyrillic transliteration of the festival name and various stages, as many Cyrillic inscriptions were still present on the site). The airfield was reopened for civilian use in 1994 and sold to the Müritz Airpark Group in 2010.[7]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Meadow, Matthew (September 14, 2015). "Arrests at Burning Man 2015 up 600% from previous year". youredm.com. YourEDM. Retrieved August 7, 2016. The event has come under scrutiny in recent years for its "radical self-reliance" principle, considering the sheer number of participants at the event is growing every year, and was expected to have reached nearly 70,000 this year. 
  2. ^ a b "Fusion Festival". fest300 Review of Fusion Festival. Retrieved 28 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Review: "10 Great German Dance Festivals in 2014" on 'Berlin Enjoy'"
  4. ^ Historical backgrounds and intentions of the Kulturskosmos organisation
  5. ^ "Information on Kulturkosmos site"
  6. ^ "Review of Fusion Festival on "Resident Advisor""
  7. ^ History of the Müritz Airpark

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Coordinates: 53°18′28″N 12°44′08″E / 53.30778°N 12.73556°E / 53.30778; 12.73556