La Strada has celebrated its 20th anniversary and looks back on an eventful history. Since it was founded, the festival has set itself clear objectives. Many steps have been taken since and, looking to the future, it is important to collaborate both continuously and passionately with artists, partners and the public on further development.
Contemporary street performance has thus re-established itself over the past decades, spanning a context that is both aesthetic and reflective. Artists address pressing contemporary issues on topics such as migration and globalisation, consumption, energy and transport, taking into account their impact on people’s lives and living together. They talk about urban change, about fluid systems of relationships, about transgressing and dissolving borders, and they search for modern forms of expression – often in direct cooperation and exchange with the population. Questions of coexistence and cooperation, migration and integration are dealt with at a performative level with high intensity and intellectual consistency. It is not about clear artistic statements, but rather about the depiction of the penetration and interweaving of cultures and cultural expressions that has long since happened in Europe.
Together with artists, audience and cooperation partners, the La Strada Festival was able to evolve over a period of two decades. The generation of children who witnessed La Strada at its birth have now grown up and for them theatre in the streets and on the squares of their city has become part of the city’s identity; on fertile soil, forever conquering new terrain and continuing the interplay between city, artists and audience.
Supported by positive developments and successes of past festival years, and accompanied by great popularity with the audience, La Strada is today, in a sense, at a point of transition, a moment in which it is necessary to steer with great power and energy toward the future and to hone above mentioned priorities.