18.04. +++ Welcome

One would not suspect what treasures are hidden inside: The GRANDHOTEL COSMOPOLIS in Augsburg
One would not suspect what treasures are hidden inside: The GRANDHOTEL COSMOPOLIS in Augsburg

So there we stood in a circle holding each other’s hands: Virginia (studying architecture), Niki (a psychotherapist), Roi (an artist) and myself. What exactly would have happened after the initial circle remained Roi’s secret, since this was supposed to be the beginning of a theatre workshop led by him. But not many other of the two dozen people watching us were interested in getting involved, the sun was shining on the rose garden in which we were standing and then the yoga class occupied the lawn. They had booked the space, and Roi hadn’t. Which is why the theatre workshop didn’t take place. It didn’t matter so much to me, because I made the acquaintance of Roi and the others anyway, and we talked for some time about the experience he had gathered in working in the Augsburg GRANDHOTEL COSMOPOLIS. He worked as a teacher in Israel and has been involved in this singular „social sculpture“ that has evolved in the centre of this rather small Bavarian town for some years now. In a building that used to be a retirement home but was out of use for several years, a group of committed people initiated a social experiment, an open intercultural space that is without example in Southern Germany. Continue reading “18.04. +++ Welcome”