Good modd at the Hansemahl and the headphone party PAX

On Saturday the opening ceremony of the “Peace.Europe” project took place. In the announcement, Monika Grütters, Minister of State for Culture and the Media, had already declared the great importance of the project as “a moving homage to the happiness of living in peace”. At the official opening in the foyer of the LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur, she emphasized that an awareness of common identity is regarded as the basis of solidarity and openness and can thus be seen as a moment of peace for Europe. In addition, the new digital mediation concept was presented, with which visitors can experience the topic of “Peace of Westphalia” in a completely new way in the historic town hall.

Parallel to this, a two-part event started at the Prinzipalmarkt: The Hansemahl at noon and the PAX headphone party in the evening. The program was rounded off by the “Peace” exhibitions in Münster museums, which also opened on Saturday.

Red carpet and a 150-meter table

At the heart of the opening party, which welcomed all visitors, was the Prinzipalmarkt in the city centre. The Hansemahl was celebrated there at noon. Every year the local merchants invite visitors to the long table, where they can buy Westphalian canapés and drinks at reasonable prices.

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The merchants served their guests on the 150-meter-long festively laid table. Despite the large crowds, the atmosphere seemed very relaxed, every visitor found a free place on the red carpet. The good mood on the Prinzipalmarkt was really contagious and so the Hansemahl was a fitting contribution to the celebrations of the opening celebration for “Peace.Europe”.

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The weather was also peaceful on this day. The dark clouds of the morning threatened from time to time with rain, but luckily it remained absent. It was the right decision to do without a tent roof over the Hansemahl.

In the evening headphone party under the sign of peace

In the evening the second part of the opening party started with the headphone party PAX. With 3,000 distributed headphones, on which three different music channels were offered, this was to be Germany’s largest headphone party. Soon the Prinzipalmarkt filled up again, and this time it was people dancing and – amusingly enough – singing out loud.

One can hardly imagine a full city centre more peaceful. There was a lot of laughter and people of all ages danced and celebrated together – albeit to different music. In addition, a wide variety of food and beverages was offered. To sum up: It was beautiful!

The opening ceremony was thus a successful prelude to the “Peace.Europe” project. Until 2 September 2018, visitors have the chance to see the exhibitions mentioned at the beginning and deal extensively with the topic of “peace” there.

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The accompanying exhibitions

Specifically, there are the following offers, which we will soon present in more detail on the blog. They all deal with the central question: “Why do people at all times want peace – and why has its preservation never succeeded in the long run?”:

  • From the ancient world to the present dayL
    WL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur: The LWL-Museum für Kunst und Kultur shows pictures of peace and those that illustrate the paths to peace. Renowned artists such as Rubens, Delacroix, Lehmbruck, Dix and Kollwitz have worked very differently with the meaning of peace. Significant peace agreements are also shown.
  • From the horrors of war to the dove of peace
    Art Museum Pablo Picasso: The Art Museum Pablo Picasso Münster illustrates Picasso’s intensive artistic examination of war and peace. The exhibition presents variations of the dove and deals with the history of the reception of its images of peace.
  • Eirene/Pax. Peace in antiquity
    Archaeological Museum of the Westphalian Wilhelms University of Münster: In the exhibition of the Archaeological Museum of the University of Münster, the focus will be on peace in the ancient world – starting with the oldest peace agreement of the world in 1259 BC
  • A reason to celebrate? Münster and the Peace of Westphalia
    Stadtmuseum Münster: The exhibition is dedicated to the history of the reception of the Peace of Westphalia, focusing on the anniversaries of 1748, 1848, 1898 and 1948.
  • On earth as it is in heaven
    With over 100 important international loans from 2,000 years, the exhibition in the LWL Museum for Art and Culture organized by the Diocese of Münster shows the art and cultural history of Christian ideas for peace and the contradictory way of dealing with them.

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