Top 10 Reasons Why The Guckkasten Was the Best Part of ARENA 2011

10. The Guckkasten is mostly inhabited by 4 clever and good looking characters who may or may not be brothers, and have their own avatars and costumes. Sort of.

9. The Guckkasten encourages defacement of their walls, unlike most other ARENA venues.

8. The Guckkasten has their own awards and their own website which are arguably more consequential and in any case funnier than those from the official festival.

7. The Guckkasten is the eye of the storm, the oasis of the chaos, the psych-ward, the coffee break room, the meeting point, the safe haven, the living room, the creative studio, the backstage lounge, the heart of the Festival Centrum.

6. The Guckkasten has a Kushelkasten with blankets, designed for communal kusheling.

5. The Guckkasten sometimes has internet, and sometimes lets you use their computer to check your mail.

4. The Guckkasten provides comprehensive, intelligent, and serious documentation and reportage of the entire festival by trained, skilled professionals who are so dedicated to their work that they even sleep there, to be ready 24 hours for the latest breaking ARENA news.

3. The Guckkasten is always open.

2. The Guckkasten always offers you excellent coffee, and sometimes also mediocre beer and wine.

1. The Guckkasten give you a sunset and a Seifenblasenmoment when you need it the most.



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5 Responses to Top 10 Reasons Why The Guckkasten Was the Best Part of ARENA 2011

  1. Stefan says:

    Thank you so much for your post, Brina. I already miss the talks in the Kasten. In case there’ll ever be a Guckkasten – Refilled, a cup of coffee will be waiting for you. Most def.

  2. Der Lukas says:

    Brina, that means the world to me!
    If I read that while listening to Phils piano-song, it’s an instant emotional overflow.
    I’m in Bremen at the OutNow-Festival right now, this time as a “real artist”, so I’m in quite a hurry (Phil is preparing our stage right now, he will rightfully punish me for posting here at the same time). But this will not be the last thing you and Nikolaus are gonna hear from us guys! So check back at the Online-Kasten from time to time.

    • Brina says:

      I am glad to hear that you are out of Erlangen for a minute and working as a real artist! What are you doing there?
      And yes, you have certainly not seen the last of us! I know a festival in Berlin in November, and am going to try to arrange to bring Guckkasten out for it…
      Best of luck in your ongoing adventures, und bis bald

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