Flower Power

Music Festival Potsdam Sanssouci
12th to 28th June 2020

In 2020 The Music Festival Potsdam Sanssouci is celebrated with the motto »Flower Power«.

At first glance this may appear as somewhat bewildering: Potsdam, the garrison city, the »German Sparta« - built on the sandy drill grounds of the Mark Brandenburg, which could only be turned into today’s romantic bloom by genius gardeners and their herculean efforts – serving as venue for a Music Festival under the motto »Flower Power«?

And yet, it happened here. A first-rate intellectual warrior prince turned his education into the realm of the illustrative, both for himself and the world: nature is warfare, peace is art.

The flowerage of his artificial grounds is mirrored everywhere in the ornamental decorations of his splendid apartments.  So in fact hardly any other place is better suited as setting for a »flower people festival« than Frederick’s Sanssouci.

The “Alter Fritz” wanted to live here »Without Worries« and yet he was always surrounded by war. One might even say that during the course of history it has time and again been Potsdam’s fate to tip the scales towards war or peace, regiment or freedom.

I wish to take account of this iridescent ambivalence of an important city with the program of the Music Festival 2020, which will be dedicated to the utopian visions of the various ages, desire for peace and revolution, exhilaration and an escape from society, sturm and drang and adolescent revolt, sensitiveness and inevitable decay.

Dorothee Oberlinger