STN:ORT Festival is an initiative to bring the Palace of Sztynort to life – to animate its cultural re-birth as a place of cultural encounters, participatory art, knowledge-exchange, storytelling and creativity. Starting with the premise that renovating a palace also means reimagining its cultural soul and social community, FairerTales initiated the palace festival in 2017. It has been running since over a week in August.
In 2019, the theme was “Welcome to the Playground”. In that year, we many people had described to place to us as a “playground”. We wanted to see what can be learnt about and for the manor, if we view it as a playground. What are the benefits, what the risks of thinking about a space, a historical monument as a playground?
In 2018, the theme sounded “Walk – Spaziergang- Spacer” and alluded to the history of resistance of the manor during WWII, exploring the role of the walk for acts of resistance. For the festival, we scripted a guided tour about the resistance activities of Heinrich und Gottliebe von Lehndorff, the owners of the Palace during WWII.
The festival programme comprises a variety of evening events for different audiences in the palace: opening reception, open stage night, talks, animation cinema, theatre, cabaret, classical music, experimental folk. It further includes a themed exhibition with international contributors, as well as daily arts and crafts workshops with international and local art instructors. in 2019, around 2000 visitors came to see the palace during the festival and took part in the festival activities.
Visit the festival website for more information about this and next year’s festival. The FairerTales festival report “Learning from STN:ORT 2018: Experiences, Insights, Goals” is available for download here.