At the invitation of the International Visitors Programme, a group of journalists came to the Open Source Festival in Düsseldorf in July. The guests from Berlin, Great Britain and Lithuania had the opportunity to get to know the vibrant music and arts scene of the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia.
In addition to visiting the large one-day music festival, which has been held annually at the Düsseldorf racecourse since 2006, there was a meeting with the festival's artistic director, Philipp Maiburg. The Open Source Festival Congress, which took place for the first time in 2018, with lectures and panel discussions, was also on the visitors' agenda, as well as a preview of the Open Squares, the festival's creative marketplace, which has established itself as a "pop-up gallery for young creatives from NRW".
Since 2009, the Open Source Festival has also invited students from the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM) to present current works on the festival grounds. Prof. Mischa Kuball, artist and professor at the KHM, guided the guests through this year's presentation.
In Düsseldorf's Julia Stoschek Collection, the group was given a complementary guided tour of the anniversary exhibition "10 YEARS JULIA STOSCHEK COLLECTION - GENERATION LOSS" and met with the collection's director, Monika Kerkmann.