A sort of mission statement

wildwuchs is an explosive of contemporary performing arts. As an internationally cross-linked and locally positioned festival wildwuchs enforces outsider positions and establishes cultural diversity, variety and non-conformity. wildwuchs experiments with new forms of dance, theatre and performance and enables people from all walks of life to fully and actively participate in cultural life. wildwuchs stands for a philosophy of openness, of curiosity and lust for tolerance. The festivals puts artistic creation of everyone in the centre and forgoes any kind of labelling specific groups. With its international guest performances, coproductions and broad discussion and exchange programme, wildwuchs is a transcultural meeting place for all. 


The programmatic focus of the festival – which until 2013 mainly concentrated on arts and disability – has been widened and now also includes themes like aging, social exclusion and living in an intercultural society. For each edition wildwuchs establishes a general festival theme which serves as a guideline for the produced and performed projects as well as for theoretical discourse.


The planned programme for 2015 includes international groups like the German Rimini Protokoll and the English Stop Gap Dance Theatre as well as a number of national and local coproductions (e.g. Theater HORA, Marcel Schwald, Corinne Maier). Furthermore there are participative and site-specific projects planned with international and local arstists, a Blackmarket for Useful Knowledge and Non-Knowledge as well as a broad education programme. Theme-wise the festival works around the term of personal and societal «responsability» and is interested in questions of empowerment, mutual trust, confidence and transfer of power.


The 7th edition of the wildwuchs festival will take place from 4 to 14th of June 2015. Main partners of the festival are the Kaserne Basel and the Roxy theatre in Basel. Other cooperations are taking place with Literaturhaus Basel, Stadtkino Basel, Vorstadttheater and a number of institutions and NGOs which work with disabled and disadvantaged people. The festival is financially supported by Basel-Stadt, Basel-Land, Bundesamt für Gleichstellung and a number of private foundations.