(Image: Julia’s sketch for the Fort Gorgast Festival page in Elsewhere No. 01)
We are extremely excited and proud to be joining three hundred like-minded souls in the grounds and the bowels of Fort Gorgast at the eastern edge of Germany for a weekend of camping, culture, music, art and fun from July 23rd to 26th. Elsewhere editor in chief Paul Scraton will be hosting two place-writing workshops at the festival, and he will be joined by books editor Marcel Krueger in conversation about the Oderbruch and the history of Fort Gorgast, as well as readings from Elsewhere No. 01. That’s what we are doing, but there is lots, lots more...
Co-hosted by The Reader Berlin and Slow Travel Berlin, the festival promises to be a weekend to remember. Just an hour from Berlin by car or regional train, yet a world away from the bustle of the Big City, the festival will take place in the magical, moat-encircled Fort Gorgast. Throw your tent up amongst the atmospheric ruins and lush green meadows and explore the fort’s tunnels and woodlands.
Our long weekend will kick off on Thursday, from which point on we’ll be hosting a fantastic array of creative, artistic and cultural events. A variety of workshops ranging from photography and writing to massage and drawing will stretch you creatively; or you can literally stretch yourself at one of our morning yoga sessions, sprawl out in front of a film screening or author reading, or take part in the treasure hunt, pub quiz or open mic session.
After dark, gather around The Forest Stage to check out our carefully curated selection of live acts, and then later, the unique sounds of our guest DJs; we promise something for everyone. There’ll be plenty for families and kids this year too, including workshops, games and activities, kids’ film screenings and fairy-tales around the campfire. And with onsite catering taken care of by Berlin hotspot The Dairy and a well-stocked bar, you certainly won’t go hungry or thirsty.
While we can’t guarantee a sun-tan, our strong emphasis on community and creativity will ensure you’ll make plenty of new friends and enjoy lots of great experiences. Come join us for an unforgettable weekend in a unique location, surrounded by nature, history and smiles…
In the meantime… Elsewhere No. 01 will be published on 12 June 2015.
Pre-order your copy here.