On June 25, 2022, the Euroregion Elbe/Labe celebrated the 30th anniversary of its founding with a German-Czech cultural festival at the Mückentürmchen . This place was ideal due to its location almost on the border and the wide view of almost the entire Euroregion.
The opening of the resurrected chapel in Vorderzinnwald with the so-called Fürstenau Madonna altar started at 9 a.m. In a Euroregion project, both were made tangible in 3D using modern technology (augmented reality). Around 40 people came to the meeting point early in the morning in damp weather to try it out for the first time. Then they hiked through the former Vorderzinnwald to the mosquito tower. Luckily, the group was spared the rain, even though the clouds hung low.
The program started at 11 a.m. The guests present were welcomed by Rüdiger Kubsch, Managing Director of the Euroregion on the German side, Petr Nedvědicky, the Czech Co-President, and Manuela Förster as the German Vice-President.
Will Eifell from Ústí nad Labem and Ju von Dölzschen from Dresden entertained the guests with music on the restaurant terrace. In the St. Wolfgang Chapel, Renata Bulvová, Radek Fridrich, Milan Hrabal, Uwe Kolbe and Michael Zschech offered various insights into their literary work. The Pohadlo Theater performed two performances for the children and did handicrafts with them. Thomas Preibisch invited to the potato print, the result of which will adorn the Euroregion's office. Painter Naďa Hoštová introduced plein-air painting, landscape artists from JT Landartrio created an installation next to the cemetery.
In the anteroom of the restaurant, visitors could find out about places that had disappeared in the border area and go on a guided tour through the former towns of Ebersdorf (Habartice) and Vorderzinnwald (Přední Cínovec) in search of traces. Three tours were offered in the Starý Martin tunnel, a little below the mosquito tower.
Unfortunately, the weather was not so kind to the Euroregion. It was raining the night before and the morning of the festival, and the sun didn't come out until the afternoon. As a result, the number of guests who didn't come specifically for the anniversary celebration was significantly lower than expected. Nevertheless, according to a rough estimate, around 500 people were at the mosquito tower during the day.
We would like to thank all the artistic participants, the expert guides of the excursions and Mr. Stifter from the Mückentürmchen for their commitment and good cooperation. The event was funded from the small projects fund in the Euroregion Elbe/Labe.
A report with many photos can be found here .