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12th Lessing Days

Theater Festival at the Hamburg Thalia Theater

The motto of the "Lessingtage" in 2020 at Hamburg’s Thalia Theatre, was ''Who owns the world''. The highly varied programme included, among other things, in-house productions and diverse (international) guest performances. The 12th Lessing Days will probably take place in January and February 2021.

The Lessing Days 2020 was opened with the exhibition "Tropic Ice". On view were portraits of people from different continents in the surrounding landscapes. The photo art project by the Hamburg photographer and artist Barbara Dombrowski aims to give climate change a face. On the evening of the opening, the guest performance "Die Edda" confronted mankind's big questions: Where does everything come from? How does everything relate to each other? And what role do we play here? The performance tied in with the thematic question of this year's Lessing Days "Whom does the world belong to?

Review 2020

The Lessing Days 2020 looked to the future. Visitors to the theatre festival were invited to let the foreign and the other have an effect on them. The main themes of the three-week event were the colonialism of the northern hemisphere towards the south and the waste of resources on the threshold to self-destruction. Around 20,000 visitors followed the 94 events of Lessingtage 2020, which set a new record for the festival.

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