In 2018 a new international centre for literature opened at Burg Hülshoff, the birthplace of the famous poet Annette von Droste-Hülshoff. Parallel to the ongoing renovation work and planned extensions to the historical building, this project has developed a wide-ranging artistic programme entitled “Build! ” which will bring writers and poets together with architects, filmmakers, media artists, dancers, musicians and environmental activists. In workshops and joint artistic projects, they will examine and discuss the topic of nature in a public forum. What is nature in the Anthropocene? How do we talk about nature in times of urban gardening and global warming? Are ecology and architecture compatible, and how might we imagine a new ecology?
The project’s organisers plan to develop three major cross-disciplinary productions: a live radio play concert, a walk-through sculpture and a cinematic staging based on texts by well-known writers, such as Hamed Abboud, Ann Cotten and Yoko Tawada. All three productions be performed at the “Natur am Bau” festival. The accompanying festival symposium “Ecology & Madness” will address extreme positions of climate-change scepticism and activism.
The architect duo Umschichten will build actual temporary structures in the park grounds of Burg Hülshoff which explore the relationship of building and ecology.

Artistic director: Jörg Albrecht
Artists: María Cecilia Barbetta (DE/AR), Ann Cotten (AT), Rosalind Goldberg (NO), Michael Graessner (DE), Laura Landergott (AT), Katherine Liberovskaya (CA), Phill Niblock (US), Monika Rinck  (DE), Yoko Tawada (DE/JP), Studio Umschichten (DE), Senthuran Varatharajah (DE) a.o.

  • Date

    11.09. –

    Festival Natur am Bau

    Burg Hülshoff | Havixbeck

    01.04. –

    Participative garden project

    Burg Hülshoff | Havixbeck

Additional Dates:

nature studies workshop: Haus Rüschhaus, Münster: 14 – 17 Feb. 2019; transdisciplinary production 1/2/3: Burg Hülshoff, Havixbeck: 16 – 19 May 2019/ 11 – 15 Sep. 2019/ 26 – 29 Sep. 2019;


Burg Hülshoff

Schonebeck 6
48329 Havixbeck