Theme: Playground

Festival Theme: Playground / Plac Zabaw / Spielplatz

“It’s like…a big playground, you know”

A new game of Sztynort has begun. New owners, new visions, new partners, new confidence. New rules of play.  Our theme PLAYGROUND. What do you associate with playground? Maybe the child’s instinct to play or  the nostalgia of the adult?

In Sztynort you need not search long for such sentiments. It’s been a destination for families and youth camps, moulding memories of sweet summer days. And yet our chain of associations doesn’t stop here. With playground we can travel down darker roads, those of fate and capriciousness, like Norman Davies used the notion in ‘God’s Playground. A history of  Poland”. The palace of Sztynort/Steinort has its own stories to tell about that metaphor – as a playground of European, Polish, German history.

And further consider, which “normal” places can become playgrounds (regardless of age). Building sites, holiday resorts, ruins, heritage sites, concert stages, parks. That’s Sztynort for you.

Playing is always located in space, but constantly creates new spaces stretching the places in which it operates. playgrounds. Wherever somebody is playing, there is a playground. Yet playing has a double face – on reglemented sites, it can become boring very quickly, yet in illegal playgrounds, it sometimes costs lives.  Official playgrounds can be safe spaces, but the can also be exclusive.

Where are our preferred sites of play? What makes a good playground? And what can we learn from the playground for the future of Sztynort? With the workshops, cultural events, themed guided tours, the palace scenography and the exhibition, the cultural week explored the many facets of the manor of Sztynort/Steinort as unique and yet universal “Playground”.