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DIE BLAUE NACHT – the 2018 Topic: HorizonsDeutsche Version

Since the fourth Blue Night, in the third year after Nuremberg’s anniversary celebrations in 2000, there has been a topic for each Blue Night. So also for the coming Blue Night. The topic will be “Horizons”, and we hope that it will serve as a vivid source of inspiration for the programmes prepared by the institutions and artists involved in Blue Night.
 
The Culture Department is particularly keen to review and define its own horizons during Nuremberg’s application stage to become European City of Culture. Do we see far enough beyond our own noses? Do our art and culture programmes have a truly European horizon? And vice versa: which are the horizons currently determining the discourse among Europeans? What role does a city like Nuremberg play in this? What repercussions does the cultural background of our new Nuremberg citizens and immigrants have for our self-image? Where do our cultural horizons shift?
 
In astronomy, the horizon is a line dividing the celestial sphere into two halves. In nautical science, the horizon is the borderline between water (or earth) and sky. The German Duden dictionary also states that in German “Horizont” could refer to perception, degree of education, mind, field of vision, knowledge, and intellectual class/level.
In art – and after all, DIE BLAUE NACHT is a long night of art and culture – the concept of “horizon” is seen as a synonym for longings and utopias, for borders and the transgression of these borders.
 
People who set out “for new horizons” are those who have had enough of whatever, who want to start and experience something new, who want to and also have to go beyond, to break through their own and other borders. “Broadening one’s horizons” has never hurt anybody, and is even necessary in our times of permanent change and new challenges, even though some might feel intimidated by the very idea. Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, in his famous novel, “The Leopard” which deals with changing times, has his character Tancredi say to Count Salina: “Everything needs to change, so everything can stay the same."
 
For all those who are hesitant and timid, German rock musician Udo Lindenberg provides famous words of comfort: “Things go on beyond the horizon …” How true, reassuring and encouraging.
 
And don’t worry: the mysterious blue of street lanterns and lights which runs through Nuremberg’s Old Town like a ribbon, and the sea of lights and colours bathing the Old Town for one night, will of course remain the special and magical characteristics of the Blue Night.
 
"Happiness and sadness touch,
like sky and water on the horizon."

Elfriede Hablè
 
“A frog living in a well
will judge the size of the sky
by the well’s rim."

Oriental wisdom