Strassenland Festival: discover the world of tomorrow on the north-south journey

by Alexander Kufner

Cologne. On Sunday, June 19, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., there will be two stages and seven themed areas on a 1.5-kilometre route along the north-south route without cars in the middle of the city with free admission. So far so short. The focus of the second “Strassenland” festival (the first took place in 2019) is on the topics of nutrition and urban design. What could be our Colony of tomorrow?

More than 200 participating organizations and companies try to answer this question between the WDR and the driveway to Severinsbrücke. So there will be many ideas, visions and offers for a sustainable urban coexistence in Cologne. It is expressly desired to participate, discuss, test and test. In the area of ​​nutrition, for example, you can have a feast. In a vegan-vegetarian food village on Offenbachplatz, more than 40 products and concepts are presented together with REWE, which enable a meat-free and sustainable diet. Among many others, a “vegetarian butcher” offers its products. You can also taste an alternative to Israeli meat made with a printer.

Affordable community living, open spaces, green buildings – the list of entries on the theme of urban design at the street festival is long. In the area of ​​City Logistics, on the other hand, municipal facilities as well as manufacturers and developers are showcasing innovative concepts for the mobility of tomorrow.

In the “Get out creative campus” innovative companies meet experts from politics, science, business, culture and philosophy. In information stands, conferences and workshops, everything revolves around sustainability, fashion, virtual reality, women in the creative scene and much more.

In the “Teens ‘n Pänz” area, on the other hand, everything revolves around sport, fun and information. In cooperation with the Olympic training center NRW/Rhineland, things are going well at the REWE climbing wall, including tips from sport climber and Olympic hopeful Hannah Meul. 1. FC Köln is also invited with its Kids Club.

And, of course, entertainment is not neglected. In two stages, the focus is on nutrition (North) and urban design (South). In conferences and discussion panels, ideas and concrete projects are discussed and bridges are built towards politics, the environment and the climate.

In the middle there is music by various singer-songwriters. There is more music in the north-south travel tunnel. This not only promises unique acoustics, but also relaxation in hot weather. The Bonn Jazz Choir, the Cologne Cathedral Choir and the Lucky Kids, for example, perform in the tunnel.

But you can write as much as you want: to understand Cologne’s unique street festival, you have to experience it. With this in mind: On the north-south journey!

All the elements and actions of the program are there.

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