Today I was able to experience the “spot-workshop“ first-hand.

They started filming after creating a script and preparing costumes. Every country that got introduced had its own theme. We always practiced the scene before we actually filmed it. Sometimes we even changed the script quickly because we came up with a better idea or because it did not work out as we thought it would.

At the end of the day, I can say it was fun to help them.

The Band is one of the most popular workshops in the seminar. We talked to Annetta Sinedenius, she is the leader of the Workshop.

Can you tell me something about your workshop, what are you doing?

“We are playing and singing together. There’s a special theme for this year, the “Berlin wall”, so when I choose the songs, they are songs that could fit in to the topic so I choose “Wind of change”, songs about what was happening in Berlin, or songs that young people know, we work with the songs, we learn the melody. We worked this week in the, I think Monday, some time to get to know each other, so I think from Tuesday we’re gonna work until Friday and we perform our songs on Saturday.”

How long have you been in charge of this workshop?

“This is my third year here.”

Why is your workshop important for this seminar?

“Music is universal thing. Everybody plays something or like it, so this is an inspiration, like writing or making photos. Music is the beautiful thing to do.”

How much members you have in the band?

“There are two boys who playing and, I think four girls that sing. “

What are you think about the topic of the seminar?

“This year, I think the theme of the seminar is very good, but it is very clear that, so we visited Bautzen and the prison.”


We were also talking to Caroline from Poland and to Ieve from Lithunia.

“In the band I play the violin. Sometimes we are singing some songs, which I don’t know , but I like my group and I enjoy that I am here.”

Ieve, Lithuania.

“Most of the time I play the guitar and I like playing with Kamil. And why lie, I think that we are good here. We will all make a good performans hopefully.”

Right after breakfast we set out for Bautzen. We had been about an hour on the bus when we arrived the memorial site Bautzen II. A young woman guided us through the complex.

First, we looked at “normal” jail cells where the prisoners lived. Our guide told us among other things about an attempted escape. After that, we visited the detention cells and listened to a statement of a former prisoner who spent 51 days there. Some of us had already been to Bautzen during previous seminars; however, what we saw next was new to all of us: the courtyard.

Over all, everyone enjoyed the tour. It was not only interesting to hear personal stories of prisoners, but it also made it possible to emphasize with them.

At noon we went on to the center of Bautzen where we had some free time. Some went shopping, some for a stroll and some just enjoyed the warm weather.

Tonight there is going to be a retrospection of 20 years St. Marienthal seminars.

Today, we have the first workshop day. I have been around to see what the groups exactly do.

Here is a short review, what happened on tuesday.


On the first day of the Marienthal Seminar 2014, I accompanied a few different workshops throughout the day.

The actor group, guided by Andreas was casting all applicants. It was obvious that most of them were very nervous about the audition. I asked them for what reasons they wanted to participate in the short film. Some of them answered, because they want to experience something new, others said, because they were already acting in their past. They know that it might going to be fun. Some of them are even dreaming about a career as a famous actor.

Later on, after the cast, everybody was glad to start their movie-project.

My next stop was outside, where the camera-crew already started to film. They learn how to use all the technical equipment. By setting the movie, they have to show their know-how.

In the afternoon, I met the last group for the day: the short film group. They had already written the script where they would film. They are also responsible for the light, the cutting and the sound.

So the first workshop day is going to end. The groups are working hard. There are even first results. Tomorrow, we will have an excursion to Bautzen, to visit the Stasi-Museum and the city. 

Today the 23 of September we have interview three people from two diffrent countries. Sweden and Germany here in St. Marienthal.


The first interview partner is Sofie Gunstedt from Sweden.

How does it feel to be here in Marientahl? 

It is really fun and intresting. It is my second time here. 


What has change since last year?

Last year, there were more people. But I think it is good this year anyway, because this time we get to know each other faster than last year.


What do you think about the Seminar? 

I think that it is really exiting and intresting. It is more history than last year.


The second interview partner is Georg Salditt from Germany. 


How doGeorg Saldittesit feel to be here in Marientahl?

I have lived here since 1999. But it is really nice to live here to have good people around here from the Seminar. 


What has changed since 1999? 

Today we are more people than in 1999. But back in 1999, buildings were destroyed. We rebuilt them up to now.



What do you think about the Seminar?

I think that it is a great Seminar, to meet nice people and it is also a good chance for Europe. 


How does it feel to be free and to travel around again after 1989? 

Very great and really fantastic. 


The last person we interview is Ellida Qwarnström from Sweden. 


How does it feel to be here in Marientahl for the first time? 

It is good and fun. I am so excited to be here. 

What do you think about the Seminar? 

We have a lot of fun in the seminar.



We talked to Relja Kovacevic from Bosnia and Herzegovina.

How does it feel to be here?

It feels great. I have met lots of interesting people, get to know new cultures .I came here with really great people, so I can say it is a pleasure to be here.

What do you think about seminar?

It is great! I’m only say the very good because it has connected  people from all over Europe and we all have fun, do what we like and we learn one from each other.
I’m in the band. I play guitar. People are very friendly.

The subject of this year’s seminar is the political change in the end of the 1980’s. In your imagination, how does is it affect you?

I really love travelling, so I think, that it is possible due to the political change. Now it is able to meet a lot of great people from all over Europe and to make some nice experinces.


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