RIVER TALES: The current of Life through Art
RIVER TALES is the redesign of city, countryside and river through contemporary urban art with street art and mural art.
The RIVER VALLEY Street Art Festival aims to create a new access to the river and raise awareness of the important lifeline “Our rivers and streams.”
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We want a rethinking of industry, consumers and politics in dealing with our waters. Each of us should deal cautiously with the element water and appreciate our rivers.
Originally, the man has settled once a river regions and river mouths because he appreciated the lifelines. Today, we have narrowed the water veins, taking them the oxygen and note them in many places as a threat of flooding. But the river was and has always been a giver of life.
With the RIVER TALES slogan “The current of Life through Art” – the flow of life through art is to spread in our cities. Art should bring forgotten places back to life, change urban spaces and give people joy.
The mission of the RIVER TALES is “The River of Life”: Our water – where it rises, where it flows, where we use it.
THE RIVER TALES – STREET ART FESTIVAL – HISTORY
Already as children, we cared passionately for years for the creek near our parents’ house. We cleaned it up of garbage and put the emphasis on the flora and fauna. We, the team behind the RIVER TALES festival, always wanted to become rock stars to save the world. Today we start with a small festival.
The RIVER TALES street art festival has been held every two to three years since 2012, with steady growth. The idea came into being in 2011. A first forerunner was the OPTICAL CONFUSION mural art festival in Wetzlar in 2006. RIVER TALES wants to strengthen the connection between rivers and cities and to highlight their importance, to increase the quality of life in the city and to stand for the element of water. The RIVER TALES artworks should create visually perceptible a closer combination of city, person and nature. Anecdotes and cultural backgrounds of the region are included in some of the artworks. Contemporary art and urban street art reinterpret the interplay of city, countryside and river.
With regard to urban art and street art, Giessen already played a pioneering role in the development of German street and urban art in the 1990s, and was one of Europe’s major cities alongside Berlin, Dortmund, Munich, Paris and London. One goal of the RIVER TALES Festival in Giessen is to strengthen this culture in Giessen and make it visible in the current flow of art.
The RIVER TALES creates a platform for artists and regional creatives to make their works permanently and free of charge accessible to the public. The event promotes the exchange between artists of different backgrounds and from different countries. The festival creates a dialogue with citizens and those interested in urban art and street art.
In parallel with the art events, RIVER TALES cooperates with local institutions, associations and groups on environmental protection, local creative industries and our rivers.
The RIVER TALES street art festival and its initiators were honored by the Federal Government of Germany in 2014 with the title “Cultural and Creative Pilot Germany”. The project received a grant from cultural funding Giessen-Wetzlar in 2011/2012. In 2014 it was supported by the city of Giessen and other supporters during the State Garden Show in Giessen. In 2017, the festival and the organizing team were awarded and honored with the “Ab in die Mitte” award by the Hessian Ministry of Environment, Climate Protection, Agriculture and Consumer Protection. In the same year, the team also achieved a successful crowdfunding via Startnext to realize the third episode of the festival.
RIVER TALES is a NON-PROFIT-PROJECT. The organizing team of the RIVER TALES Festival does the organization and realization in many parts voluntarily. RIVER TALES is initiated and curated by the 3Steps collective.