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