Dear festival visitors, dear guests,

far away from mainstream and away from big concert halls, since last year the off-stream festival "Blaues Rauschen" unites experimental music, sound art, contemporary interdisciplinary and musical projects in a high-class program with renowned national and international artists. Musical etiquette remains unnoticed and the interaction between human and sound-producing apparatus often merge into a single unit.

In times of ongoing structural change, which this year is once again marked by the end of coal mining in our region, the initiators of "open systems eV" attach great importance to looking at the transformation process with all its consequences for man and culture. The transition from the analogue to the digital age has long been unstoppable and changes the way we act.

The results are musical experiments as well as extraordinary acoustic sounds and performances that compromise conventional structures, challenge them and stimulate the visitor to engage with the experience.

Across cities, at five venues in the Ruhr area, the Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen, Goethebunker Essen, Evinger Schloss Dortmund, Musikzentrum Bochum and last but not least in the Flottmann Herne halls, the festival gives innovative and creative impulses and opens up new perspectives on the rapid development in our society.

Be open to new ideas and embark on an extraordinary and challenging sound journey.

I wish all festival participants inspiring concerts and the organizers a successful festival.


Gudrun Thierhoff
Councilor of the City of Herne