Dear friends and supporters of the Operndorf,
This website narrates the vision of a man who never stopped dreaming.
With the Operndorf, Christoph Schlingensief was consistently and passionately committed to create a space of encounters, which visualises the processes of understanding and enables learning from each other through the artistic exchange between Germany and Africa. Thanks to the tireless commitment of his wife Aino Laberenz and his friends who have followed through with his dream, the village is now living reality.
I wish the project’s supporters the visionary power to turn the Operndorf into the institution that Christoph Schlingensief dreamed of. I am sure that the Operndorf will evolve from an experimental space to a place where the understanding of Africa and the needs of its people, but also for Germany and Europe, are advanced. For me it is clear that it is always worth pursuing difficult visions with passion and perseverance and working on their realisation.