Droste Festival 2023 -
Where is Allmende?


Under the motto »Where is Allmende?«, this year's Droste Festival is dedicated to the theme of commons and thus, to the question of what belongs to us all in common. From June 30 to July 2, the garden of Haus Rüschhaus will be transformed into a playground where a diverse schedule of events awaits you, including readings, performances, talks, workshops, installations, film screenings and a live role-playing game!

The term Allmende refers to the common property of a community or group of people. Allmenden have existed since the Middle Ages and were still a common form of economy in the time of Annette von Droste-Hülshoff. Areas such as pastures and heaths were used jointly by several people. The rules for cultivation were set and implemented by the community in a kind of self-administration. Over the course of the 19th century, communally used land increasingly became the property of individuals. The economic and social order that is effective today emerged with its focus on private property. With the disappearance of the traditional commons, the word also disappeared from usage. However, the concept of the commons can still be found today. And it is more current than ever.

At Droste Festival 2023, we are asking about the commons of the 21st century. What commons surround us today, visible and invisible? Are language, time, knowledge or the internet commons? What rules and mechanisms are needed for commons to function, and how can these be negotiated? Where are the boundaries of commons? Are there also areas understood as commons that are actually not commons at all?

Over 90 authors, artists and initiatives will come together to explore the theme of Allmende with you over three days in the summery ambience of the Rüschhaus garden. The concerts by Hans Unstern on Friday and What Are People For? on Saturday evening will provide a special festival feeling. A food truck from elbēn will provide you with food on-site. Two bars will provide drinks. The full schedule of events is listed below or can be downloaded as a PDF here.

DROSTE FESTIVAL 2023 – Where is Allmende?
Friday, June 30 to Sunday, July 2, 2023

Venue: Haus Rüschhaus, Am Rüschhaus 81, 48161 Münster

Day Ticket: 15 € / 8 € reduced*

Friday, June, 30 2023

On June 30, admission is free from 5 to 6 pm for the entire evening program. From 6 pm admission is at the day ticket price.

Saturday, July, 1st 2023

Sunday, July, 2nd 2023

Festival ticket for all three days: 30 € / 16 € reduced*

Concert ticket Saturday, July, 1st, from 9 pm on: 10 € / 5 € reduced*

Free admission for children and young people up to 18 years!

*Reductions for recipients of benefits according to Social Codes II and XII, students (with the exception of "Studium im Alter"), trainees, persons doing federal voluntary service, members of the voluntary social and ecological year, severely disabled persons.

The Droste Festival 2023 is under the patronage of Ina Brandes, Minister for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia and is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media as part of the project Worte wie Klingen and by the Ministry for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia.


The installation Intelligent Commons is funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media.


The performance NEW BEGINNINGS is supported by the German Literature Fund.


In cooperation with filmclub münster, the Berlin Artists-in-Residence Programme of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Wikimedia Deutschland e.V.


The film programme is a cooperation with the Filmwerkstatt Münster / filmclub münster.


Presented by ByteFM and WDR 3.


Sponsored by liba.