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Please let me be your project: Festivals, double and triple features, experimental tours of the Droste Museum - this is just a small overview of the projects currently being developed at the Center for Literature.

The 2018 Droste-Days: Come Cross Me

The Space Between Languages, Re: Reading Droste

The Droste Days event has taken place annually at Burg Hülshoff since 2013. Each time, they have presented very diverse, poetic strong and at the same time delicate works that examine the basic themes of the works of Droste-Hülshoff.

In the 2018 edition, COME CROSS ME, here are some of the participants: Volxtheater Bethel with a site-specific theater performance, Peter Waterhouse and Kübra Gümüşay with opening speeches, the Droste lectures with Liat Fassberg, Barbara Köhler and Tilman Ramstedt, poetry films about the poems of Dutch poet Frouke Arns, music-literature performances with Fiston Mwanza Mujila/Patrick Dunst and Cia Rinne, video projections on the facade of the castle by Sven Stratmann as well as a concert by the fantastic band The Dorf and their frontman Jan Klare.

Construction Arena!
A Literary Folk Festival at Burg Hülshoff

Grow Houses!, World Wide World, The Space Between Languages

Starting in 2019, a great deal will be constructed and cultivated on the grounds of Burg Hülshoff: the outer bailey will be transformed into an event and convention center in the coming years.

With Construction Arena!, the Center for Literature invoked construction sites like these - specifically, as well as societal and artistic ones. On the other hand, Construction Arena! includes, of course, displaying, presenting and performing, the big gesture and the even bigger hammer.

Suitably, the festival opened with an oversized inflatable jackhammer created by the artist group Tools For Action, led by Artúr van Balen. The group brought this jackhammer to the park area of Burg Hülshoff. The Munich-based author Andreas Neumeister, an expert for architecture and the art of construction, read from his list-like texts. In addition, there were nearly twenty readings in Fliehenden Bauten series, including Thorsten Nagelschmidt, Katja Lange-Müller, Lucy Fricke and Nora Bossong, a lecture by Marcel Beyer about Karl May and a catwalk performance by dorisdean with text by Elfriede Jelinek.

Come one, come all! Jump into action before action jumps into you! Come to SCHAUSTELLEN! and become a part of things! There is so much to see! And even more to build!

»Sehnsucht in die Ferne«. Reisen mit Annette von Droste-Hülshoff – (Desire in the Distance. Travels with Annette von Droste-Hülshoff) Traveling Exhibition

Re: Reading Droste, World Wide World

An extraordinary exhibition that was presented at Burg Hülshoff in 2017. The visitors traveled with Droste-Hülshoff through the (cultural) landscapes of the early 19th century. In doing so, they learned not only about the living conditions of the time and became acquainted with the literature and letters of the poet; they also got to know her surroundings and her means of transportation: the coach, the steamboat and the railroad. And they learned all of this in an unusual and surprising manner.

The traveling exhibition immersed the visitors in landscapes as Droste-Hülshoff get to know them and described them herself while traveling. Artifacts and manuscripts that have never been presented before were exhibited in exciting multimedia spaces.

The exhibition presented, incorporated within a total of ten landscape and travel architectures, numerous artifacts from the live of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff and her time. Alongside the number of Droste texts set to music recorded especially for the exhibition, the highlight is the place of poetry. In it, a multimedia virtual reality situation invites viewers to immerse themselves in the world of the literature of Droste-Hülshoff.

The exhibition was awarded the 2018 IF-Design Award.

The traveling exhibition »Sehnsucht in die Ferne«. Reisen mit Annette von Droste-Hülshoff (Desire in the Distance: Travels with Annette von Droste-Hülshoffis a project with the following partners: LWL-Literaturkommission für Westfalen, Droste-Forum e.V. (Dr. Jochen Grywatsch); Kreis Paderborn (Andreas Weiß); the city of Paderborn (Dr. Andreas Neuwöhner); the city of Brakel (Dirk Brassel); Droste-Forum e.V. (Dr. Jens Kloster) and was realized by the agency BOK+Gärtner.

Exhibition catalog:
Jochen Grywatsch and Jens Kloster (publishers): Sehnsucht in die Ferne. Reisen und Landschaften der Annette von Droste-Hülshoff. Companion book to the traveling exhibition »Sehnsucht in die Ferne«. Reisen mit Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, Bielefeld: Aisthesis 2017 (= publication of the Literature Commission for Westphalia, volume 74).