Bromberg's Bloody Sunday. Two Cities Find Common Ground

A joint programme by the Landesbühne Niedersachsen Nord Wilhelmshaven and the Teatr Polski, Bydgoszcz (Poland) - supported by the Wanderlust Fund

Wilhelmshaven and Bydgoszcz (German: Bromberg) share a painful historic legacy. A large portion of the German minority, which lived in Bydgoszcz until the end of World War II, was forced to resettle in Wilhelmshaven. However, German-Polish relations were rocky long before the German occupation and resettlement, and finally boiled over on 3 – 4 September 1939, Bromberg's Bloody Sunday, which left large numbers of Polish and German residents dead.
The theatres in both cities wish to jointly address this historic legacy through artistic cooperation in hopes of finding common ground. The German playwright Katharina Gericke and the Polish playwright Artur Palyga are developing a play for their partner theatres about their cities' histories. In addition to performances in both cities, the project includes guest performances, opportunities to attend rehearsals and a theatre educational exchange project.

Theatres: Landesbühne Niedersachsen Nord Wilhelmshaven and Teatr Polski, Bydgoszcz (Poland)

Artists / participants: Lukasz Chotowski (PL), Frank Fuhrmann, Lukasz Gajdzis (PL), Katharina Gericke, Gerhard Hess, Agnieszka Hynazewska (PL), Marc-Oliver Krampe, Pawel Lysak (PL), Artur Palyga (PL), Halina Piechocka-Lipka (PL), Torben Schumacher, Clemens Wolff, Pawel Starbowski (PL), Iwona Nowacka (PL), Annabelle Schäll and others

August 2010 – November 2012

Wanderlust blog

In February 2010 the participating theatres began sharing their impressions of their joint meetings, workshops, guest performances and co-productions in the Wanderlust blog. In addition each season, three Pfadfinder (scouts) headed out to visite the Wanderlust projects, describe the international theatre partnerships and documente these exciting cross-border encounters in texts and images.

Wanderlust blog (external link, opens in a new window)


The Wanderlust Fund

The German Federal Cultural Foundation established the Wanderlust Fund to support German municipal and state theatres that wish to engage in a partnership of exchange with a foreign theatre for a period of two to three seasons.

Wanderlust Fund (external link, opens in a new window)


Landesbühne Niedersachsen Nord
Annabelle Schäll

Virchowstraße 44

26382 Wilhelmshaven (external link, opens in a new window)