During three days from 11-13 August 2023 the old crematorium in Bern, its surrounding urn corridors, as well as the two chapels will be activated with a multi-layered festival programme.
Celebrating in a place of mourning? How can the culturally pleasurable be compatible with the act of commemoration? KREMA-Festival dares to place art as an interface between the living and the dead. Last year’s programme included, for example, an amuse bouche of transience: celery heads charred in coal, a mourning ritual for queer ancestors packaged as stand-up comedy, an organ work composed especially for the organ of the Small Chapel, and a Hindu priest’s fire ceremony.
KREMA-Festival 2023 invites up to 15 artistic proposals that dare to locate themselves at an interface between life and death and simultaneously illuminate the site of the crematorium in a creative way. These contributions may be in the form of exhibitions, installations, performances, concerts, workshops, or other more hybrid forms.
The festival offers:
- Artist fee of 1000 CHF.
- Travel expenses (not included in the expenses is the transport of works; any expenses in this regard need to be discussed upon request).
- If necessary, accommodation in Bern
- The opportunity to place your work into relation with a crematorium.