Cultural Identity in the Waddensea Region

Touring Exhibition 2013-2019:
Organs along the North Sea Coast

Orgel Wanderausstellung DeutschlandOn Saturday, 13 April 2013, an exhibition about organs along the North Sea Coast started to uncover and show the importance of organ building and organ music. It was opened at the Hamburger Hauptkirche St. Jacobi.

Title of the exhibition: "Hamburg, Husum, Himmelreich".

This project is designed for a touring exhibition and will be shown, amongst other places, at St. Jacobi, Hamburg, Pilsum in Ostfriesland and Jork, Altes Land.


more information about organ culture in the North Sea Region: (in German)
(site currently under construction and not up-to-date)


Touring Exhibition: "Organs along the North Sea Coast" reached its peak

Orgel Wanderausstellung in Tonder Dänemark 2014In April 2013 an exhibition about organs along the North Sea Coast started. It was designed for a touring exhibition, opened at the Hamburger Hauptkirche St. Jacobi and was shown, amongst other places, at St. Jacobi, Hamburg, Pilsum in Ostfriesland and Jork, Altes Land.
Now, after one year of travelling around and showing the importance of organ building and organ music to a broader public the Organ Exhibition reached its final peak at the Trilateral Governmental Conference on 4-6 January 2014 in Tønder, DK.

Orgel Wanderausstellung in Tonder Dänemark 2014This last session of the organ exhibition was very much welcomed and recognised by the guests of the conference and Prof. Konrad Küster had the opportunity to present details and further information to the high-ranking politicians of the conference Ms Sharon Dijksma (Dutch Minister of Agriculture), Mr. Mikkel Aarøe-Hansen (Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Danish Ministry of the Environment) and Ms Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter (German State Secretary for the Environment).

Exhibition 2013: “Wadden Sea without frontiers”

Wattenmeer ohne Grenzen 2013 Art Exhibition

The exhibition "Wadden Sea without frontiers" will be presented at the Wattenmeerhaus in Wilhelmshaven, starting on 27 January 2013. Dutch artists and German art students performed during an international art project their artworks which show the artistical approach to culture and nature heritage of the Wadden Sea Region.

The international art cooperation is based on two projects:

Picture by Jan Huttinga HardtslagPicture by Jan Huttinga
1. During the project „Hardtslag“ of Stichting WaddenArt Dutch artists worked on cultural identity. Entrepreneurs from the Wadden Sea Region were interviewed by young people and the artists performed their works in relation to the outcome of the interviews. It reflects actual proceedings of the Groningen Region. The main topic is the wholeheartedly engagement to the culture of the region as well as the increasing migration of younger generations into the big cities and abroad.


horsehead driftwood by Denise HuberPicture "Schimmelreiter" driftwood head by Denise Huber
2. Art students from Paderborn worked on artistical approaches of nature and cultural heritage of the Wadden Sea Region, led by Dr. Nina Hinrichs in a special seminar. They produced paintings, statues, photo and installation art. The source of their inspiration have been the unique nature of the Wadden Sea as well as the culture of the Region. Novels like "Schimmelreiter" by Theodor Storm, the beauty of the tidelands, chances and risks of tourism, the flora and fauna as well as "to have a cup of tea" are visualised. The variety and richness of the Wadden Sea Region will be shown in these wide range issues.

Exhibition 2012: "World Heritage Wadden Sea represented in suitcases”

museum in suitcases art exhibition 2012

Art students of the University of Paderborn created suitcases pertaining to the subject “Wadden Sea”. These “suitcase-museums” can be seen in an exhibition at the “Wattenmeerhaus Wilhelmshaven” from July 9th until September 9th 2012. The opening will be on Sunday, July 8th 2012 at 5 pm. The suitcases show different aesthetic approaches to the Wadden Sea Region that reflect legends, art, nature protection, critical topics and its status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Prof. Dr. Ströter-Bender initiated the concept of the “suitcase-museum” at the University of Paderborn in 2002. Within the last ten years successful exhibitions were carried out at different World Heritage Sites. The project “Wadden Sea” was initiated and managed by Dr. Nina Hinrichs. Due to the engagement of Dr. Juliane Köhler, director of “Wattenmeerhaus Wilhelmshaven”, the exhibition was made possible.

Province of Groningen on 12 October 2012:
"Hardtslag Hoogeland (Heartbeat)"

WaddenArt Hardtslag exhibition 2012

Foundation WaddenArt has initiated a project linking arts and culture with health and vitality of a region. "Culture is the means to express general characteristics of a society. Vitality is the ability to respond and assimilate."

On 12 October, the project Hardtslag Hoogeland will be presented to the general public.

After a short introduction, a forum discussion about the cultural identity of Hoogeland will build the central part of the event.
Awareness of Cultural Identity must find its place in a region, which is under rapid changes and development. Various views will be presented on Cultural Identity of the region. Following, the guests are invited to enjoy the works of many artists and innovative entrepreneurs in an informal exhibition. The restaurant of De Diek´n offers a dinner buffet with regional products, accompanied by local music presentations.

The event will start on 12 October at 16:00 hrs at Boerderij De Diek´n, Dijkumerweg 2 9914 TH Zeerijp.
Hardtslag Hoogeland continues on Saturday and Sunday with presentations from local enterprises and artists.

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