Allmende, Spuk, Zugang: these three keywords summarise the programme of Burg Hülshoff - Center for Literature.

Come and see us - and you're welcome to do so with a subscription! In addition to our annual pass, the Droste Pass, we offer further ticket bundles in 2023: Allmenden-Abo, Gespenster-Abo, Performance-Abo. All information here.

In the new year we will continue our ongoing series for you, including the DEAR READER podcast, our Burgschnack or the zwischen/miete Münster. Here you can find a small tour through the CfL programme of 2023, not chronological, not complete...

Five people are standing outside in the green, two are back views and audience, two are performers. On the left, a person with a black face mask and a megaphone in his hand looks at the viewer.
Performance at the Droste Festival 2022 with House of Blaenk. © CfL / Kirsten Kassen


Where is Allmende? The Droste Festival 2023 will take place under this title from 30 June to 2 July. Allmende is the German term for the more familiar English word »commons«, or in German ,,Gemeingut”. Commons existed for a long time, from the Middle Ages until the early 19th century. They were a common form of farming: a pasture or a forest, for example, was used communally. Today we don't know the word at all. This leads us to rediscover the concept in the 21st century and put it to the test. What did historical commons look like? Where do commons still exist today? Are texts and language commons? What rules and mechanisms are needed to make commons work and what are their limits? A versatile programme of workshops, performances, readings and concerts makes the theme tangible over three days.

In 2023, our established series Gegenwartserde (Contemporary Earth) will also focus on the theme of »commons«. Experts from science, art and activism will come together to question the way we talk and think about climate change and the environment.


Anniversary: 175th anniversary of the death of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff

Mit den Gespenstern leben (haunting|heritage) is the name of our two-year project on haunting. In 2022, we celebrated the 225th birthday of the poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff in this way: we conjured up ghosts. On the 175th anniversary of her death, we continue to question these ghosts: How do we want to remember the poet? And how does cultural heritage haunt our present?
In the Droste Lab, a series of open workshops, we start moving the furniture in the museum at Burg Hülshoff. Together with you and the design studio please don't touch, we will design a space around an exhibit. This will gradually lead to a new understanding of the museum. Why is it the way it is today? And how will it be in the future?

Four people with headphones are standing with their backs to the viewer on a field, which is bordered by bushes and a moat in front. In the background, the manor house of Burg Hülshoff can be seen in the evening sun.
Haunted Burg Hülshoff? © CfL / Sabrina Richmann

We continue the series on wie wir Traumata erben with Studio Marshmallow. How do traumatic events haunt society? Discussions and performances address, for example, the racist murders of the NSU or experiences of flight and war.

Filmmaker Dieu Hao Do and writer Senthuran Varatharajah have worked with us to create a whole package of essays. They invited other artists to join them. They all bring us their ghosts. Starting in March 2023, we will publish one of these essays each month on the Digitale Burg.

You can also expect performances again in 2023: the artist Nástio Mosquito will read poems and discuss them together with everyone present. This will take place at various locations in Münster. In addition, we will show 16 Szenen für einen Wald once again! The scenic installation by Rimini Protokoll based on Droste-Hülshoff's novella Die Judenbuche will be back in the Burgpark this summer. Eight high seats await you.

And last but not least: Sleepover – a night at the castle. We invite you to the grand haunted finale. Together we will haunt the ghosts that haunt us. We ask them: How do we want to live with each other?

A room lined with antique fabric wallpaper, in which a chaise longue with sheepskin draped on it stands in the middle. Behind it is a window with a black blind on which white handwriting can be seen. Around the chaise longue are various objects, from a mirror, selfie lamp, fan jumpers, ski poles, a display case with a record on top, on the floor a zebra skin and a kind of carpet made from a map.
Insight into the space Nora Gomringer designed for Drostes' early work Bertha or the Alps. © CfL / Hanna Neander


Creating access is important to us. Because we know: Literature and its background are not always immediately comprehensible. We want to create keys, i.e. access points, for you and with you.

This is what our current special exhibition does, for example: DROSTE DIGITAL. Handschriften – Räume – Installationen. It can be seen on the upper floor of Hülshoff Castle until September 30, 2023. The exhibition focuses on Annette von Droste-Hülshoff's digitised manuscripts. Several living rooms and the attic were redesigned by artists. Now they are walk-in Droste poetry and history: Droste's youth room was staged by Nora Gomringer, Dorothee Elmiger has imagined the author's possible home office, the Anna Kpok collective invites you on a journey to the so-called Orient and Hypen-Labs has created a professional selfie mirror cabinet out of the bathroom.

Denkfabrik 2023 – Welt & Anschauung will then deal directly with approaches – to text, to institution, to world. For whom does the world look like? How can intersections of our views of the world enrich all of our world views? Will we possibly be able to change or sharpen our views in this way? The think tank will take place from October 27 to 29. You can expect performative formats, from readings to installations, screenings and concerts.


In the digital translation lab Trans|Droste we will translate texts by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff into different languages with translators and other experts. In 2023 there will be two translation labs. One lab will focus on »Writing as a Woman« and will translate several of Droste's poems into French and Arabic, among other languages. Translations into German sign language and Dutch will revolve around the theme of »haunting«. The translations will appear at the Digital Burg. We make the translations accessible in discussion events and readings.

And access is also the topic in October 2023: On the 50th anniversary of the death of the author Ingeborg Bachmann, we will take a transdisciplinary look at her prose project Todesarten, especially the novel Malina. Together with the author Peter Waterhouse and uniT Graz, we will re-read the texts. And artists will make Malina a performative experience for us.

In the dark park, a cube made of neon tubes can be seen in which an illuminated person is standing. Several spectators are standing in front of it on the right.
Performance by Jojo Luniére, WARM, 2022, © CfL / Ruben Tsangaris


Yes, we will continue the residency programme with the Cologne Academy of Media Arts (KHM) in 2023. Six scholarship holders will come to Münster and Havixbeck for two months each: Leonie Hoh, Uwe Huth, Suse Itzel, Jingyuan Luo, Jennifer de Negri, Lisa Reutelsterz. The Schaukasten exhibition will take place in November at Burg Hülshoff.

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All these projects are accompanied by our participatory formats. People of all ages can participate digitally and in presence on site at the Lesebürgerinnen or the offers of the Junge Burg.

During one of the Junge Burg workshops, a special performative tour of the Droste Museum at Burg Hülshoff was created. © CfL / Philipp Wachowitz

NEW: Long Friday at Burg Hülshoff

From April to September there will be a Long Museum Day on the fourth Friday of every month from 2023. On these Fridays you can visit Burg Hülshoff (and in May also Haus Rüschhaus) until 11 p.m.! In addition, the Long Fridays will be decorated with an accompanying programme. From Friday, 28 April 2023.

More information about Burg Hülshoff and the educational offers.

A group of people can be seen from behind walking together along a path. It is summer weather, people are wearing shorts and sun hats.
Walk like a poet! Following the footsteps of Droste, you will walk through the Droste landscape. © CfL / Meike Reiners

Guided tours of Droste-Landschaft : Lyrikweg

In 2023, on the first Sunday of every month, you can get to know our outdoor museum Droste-Landschaft : Lyrikweg in a guided tour! The adventure trail connects the two places where Droste lived, Hülshoff Castle and Haus Rüschhaus. In addition to the poet's work, the trail focuses on the changes in the landscape from the 19th century to the present day.
You can register for the tours by email museum@burg-huelshoff.de or by calling +49 2534 1052. More information here.

Be there!

That was just a small excerpt from the year ahead. You can stay informed via our quarterly programme (order here), the online programme calendar or on the CfL channels on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Do you have any questions? Feel free to ask them at any time: cfl@burg-huelshoff.de.

We look forward to seeing you!


The work of Burg Hülshoff - Center for Literature is permanently supported by the Landschaftsverband Westfalen-Lippe, the Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen and the Beauftragte der Bundesregierung für Kultur und Medien. Many other supporters make the programme of the year 2023 possible. The credits can be found in each case under the projects and events.