Garden Route of Cultural Events
The basis for Garten_Landschaft OstWestfalenLippe is the high concentration and quality of parks and gardens in the OstWestfalen Lippe area, which is unparalleled elsewhere in Germany. The art of gardening together with productions from the visual arts and the discovery of the special history of these places through art and music gives rise to “the linking of three art-forms”. This is the special aspect of the cultural programme.
Garten_Landschaft OstWestfalenLippe is a lasting product of the EXPO initiative known as the 1. REGIONALE “Kultur- und Naturräume” (1st REGIONAL “Cultural and Natural Areas”) of North Rhine-Westphalia, which was managed by OstWestfalenLippe Marketing GmbH. It has been possible to continue the project up to the present day and it continues to be supported by the Ministry for Urban Construction and Living, Culture and Sport of North Rhine-Westphalia.
The content of Garten_Landschaft OstWestfalenLippe focuses on the Spatial Creations of the visual arts (curator Dr. Thomas Kellein), the literature festival “Paths through the Landscape” (directorship Dr. Brigitte Labs-Ehlert) and the programme “New Gardens”. Gardens and parks are restored and enhanced under the direction of the Westphalian Office of Landscape and Construction Culture (Project Manager: Horst Gerbaulet) in the Landscape Association of Westfalen-Lippe.
The concept could not have been put into practice without the widespread support and the committed involvement of private garden owners. Without these, Garten_Landschaft OstWestfalenLippe would have been incomplete and would have been deprived of many of its highlights and charming details. In many cases it was the great interest in cultural events which occasioned the private owners to open their gardens to the public or to restore the garden or historical buildings with care. Thus, some new, notable venues for cultural events have been created which are also used by major orchestras such as “The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra” from London or the “St. Petersburg Symphony Orchestra” for guest performances during the summer months.
The “Garden Route of Cultural Events” is the umbrella term under which the participants in the project invite visitors to experience and enjoy the variety of parks and gardens in Ostwestfalen-Lippe as well as their connection with the “three art-forms” and their setting in an attractive natural and cultural landscape. The “representative” selection of five gardens and parks along with ten further characteristic places suggests ways to do this and opens up a vista which reveals surprising insights into the garden and cultural landscape of the Ostwestfalen-Lippe region.
More extensive information will be available from autumn 2005, particularly in “Bad Driburg Spa Gardens”, the anchor garden of the region.
It is up to you, the visitor, to decide how you wish to explore and experience this regional variety, how you wish to be charmed by the uniqueness of the various towns and places and how long you wish to linger in the area.