Hamburg's MS Dockville music festival transformed Elbe river island Wilhelmsburg into an oasis of colour last weekend.
Photos: Kerstin Gressnich
Nearly 25,000 attendees defied the foul weather in wellies and oilskins (the “Frisian mink”) and gave free rein to their emotions on the island in the River Elbe. Mini creative biotopes and nests clustered around the 12 stages: perfect retreats where people could lounge in hammocks, weave garlands of flowers or blow soap bubbles.
There was no trace of sunburn on these festival-goers' faces: specks of mud and glitter were the order of the day. And when the sun fleetingly broke through the clouds, a gigantic rainbow appeared – the cheers were probably heard miles away at the Landungsbrücken landing stages in St. Pauli. As always, the eleventh MS Dockville festival leaves in its wake blistered dancing-feet, an abundance of great encounters and lips with a trace of liquorice liqueur.
Here are our pictures of the weekend:
MS Dockville Festival 2017
Summer on the waterfront
Slamville: 22 July
Slamville, the first Poetry Slam Festival in Germany.
Lüttville: 24 to 29 July
This year's Lüttville summer camp gives more than 150 five- to fourteen-year-olds from the Hamburg districts of Wilhelmsburg and Veddel the opportunity to produce small and large artworks, performances and pieces of music in 13 different creative workshops, and to present them at the end to a very big audience at the Dockville Festival.
Richtfest: 29 July
The Opening Ceremony for MS Artville
MS Artville: 29 July to 12 August
MS Artville is an open-air gallery that combines the contrasts of port industry, cultural diversity and artistic underground. A changing cast of international artists and art collectives of all disciplines live and work here on an interdisciplinary, artistic playing field.
Vogelball: 05 August
Every year, the Vogelball – the “Bird Ball” attracts bright-coloured, dance-loving birds to set the mood for the forthcoming MS Dockville Festival
Spektrum: 05 August
The one-day snapshot of the beat culture performs among the conflicts of tradition and boundary crossings, electronic grey areas and classic rap, focusing on quality and variety.
MS Dockville: 18 to 20 August
Every year, music and art are celebrated at the MS Dockville Festival on the second-last weekend in August. In the last rays of the summer sun, more than 120 acts celebrate on 12 stages with more than 25,000 guests.