26.08.2021 - 30.08.2021
Nachdem wir 2020 leider schweren Herzens auf die Indian Spirit verzichten mussten, können wir die Indian Spirit 2021 nun kaum noch erwarten!
Indian Spirit Festival 2020 – The return of a legend
Experienced festival freaks know Indian Spirit as a classic event of the open air season. Why did it disappear all of a sudden? And why is it back? What may we look forward to this year? A conversation with Rouven, one of the head honchos behind the scenes.
You keep a low profile as a festival promoter. Actually how did you end up at Indian Spirit?
I’m relatively new in the scene – a scene jumper so they say. Neelix was the reason why I got excited about this music. Since 2000 I my festival home was the Nature One,
the Indian 2012 was my first festival of its kind and I was instantly hooked. What followed until the end of 2013 was a ramble through this (for me) new party and festival landscape to get an appropriate picture of the scene. Psy Circus, Antaris and the Indian made the most impression. At that time I had enjoyed a year of unemployment and by coincidence I came across a Facebook post at the end of 2013, where the organizer of Circus and Indian was looking for an employee. Now everything went pretty fast, you know. I can really say that Christian/Pizza and I had searched and found each other.
At the beginning of 2014 I moved to Schwerin, we sat opposite each other every day and worked on his projects. A successful cooperation soon grew into a friendship and I had the impression that he no longer liked many of his old structures. With me he had the matching comrade-in-arms to break up these old structures and rebuild them. In the beginning I took care of a lot of administrative matters like administration of the shops, social media, accounting. later also around bookings, the entire artist management, communication with authorities and other public authorities. I benefited from my professional past, e.g. studies of business informatics, business economist, basics of project management, 12 years of air traffic control with the Bundeswehr (English fluently). Christian was finally able to concentrate on what he enjoyed the most,- both creatively at his festivals and in his work as well as controlling the construction logistics and taking care of his Paint-Park Wöbbelin.
Indian Spirit used to be a real highlight of the German festival summer. But suddenly it disappeared… and now it is back again. What happened?
Unfortunately 2014 was a really complicated phase with the Circus and the Indian. At the Circus 2014 in Strohkirchen there was the first requirement to keep a safety distance of 30m to the forest on the camping site. The already lesser area would no longer have been sufficient, the Indian was obviously no longer desired by parts of the local authorities in Heiligengrabe, an injunction was issued a few weeks before the event. By consulting a specialist lawyer, we were able to prove the illegality of the injunction shortly before the event. The Indian could take place. This is also the reason why the Indian 2014 took place on a part of the site that had been used as a camping area years before.
What followed was a really complicated, nerve-wracking search for alternative spaces for both festivals. We finally found an area for the Circus near Wanzlitz/Ludwigslust and decided to use the airfield Stendal as Indian base. The choice for the Indian was rather suboptimal, as both the local authorities and the other state laws of Saxony-Anhalt made our work there difficult. What weighed even more heavily at that time, however, were name-law difficulties that existed with Christian’s partners from the past. It was already clear before the Indian 2015, a continuation in 2016 would not be possible.
2015 was also the year I founded an UG and took over Christian’s business. It was time to separate the festivals from its other projects and set them up in an independent and professional manner. Fortunately Christian managed to solve the naming difficulties in 2016 and we decided to revive the Indian 2017. However, our plans were made more difficult by the fact that it was unfortunately not possible for us with the UG to compensate for the poor result of Indian 2015, which forced me to initiate insolvency proceedings at the end of 2016.
At this point all projects of worldwidetribe events UG were about to be discontinued.
We are very lucky to have found a partner in Music Eggert, without whom the Circus and the Indian would no longer exist. Christian and Sebastian Eggert have long been friends and Music Eggert has always offered a stage for the “Goa sound”, be it on Airbeat One or the numerous other events of Music Eggert. Christian was always responsible for the line ups of the Goa floors with worldwidetribe event. I took over this task in 2015. The collaboration culminated in Music Eggert taking over the 2 festivals at the end of 2016, and since last year I have been working as a freelancer for Music Engert, especially after Christian’s regrettable death at the beginning of this year. He had lost the fight against blood cancer and Basti and I a good friend. Together we have made it our business to continue his legacy in his spirit and thus make him immortal. This was extremely successful in 2017 with the rebirth of the Indian Spirit, which is largely due to the takeover by Music Engert, as he has opportunities and synergy effects that Christian and I have not been able to exploit. After eventful and turbulent last years, I am rightly optimistic about the future. I am confident that the positive development of both festivals will continue.
If you think about the current planning and preparations for Indian Spirit 2018: What comes to your mind immediately?
The first thing I have to think about is the floor concept that was established last year. Two floors that hardly differ in size, decoration, lighting concept and sound system. This makes it possible for me to meet the two requirements of Music Eggert and to separate the floors on the one hand in terms of music style and on the other hand to create an outstanding line up, which in my opinion does not have to shy away from comparison with the biggest festivals of the scene worldwide this year either.
I also think it’s great and worth mentioning that since this year’s Circus we have been concentrating more on the use of jugglers, fire artists, dancers etc. to make the appearance at the festival even more colourful and varied. All the better that my wonderful wife Marleen was allowed to take over this task and the coordination on site. The Indian was already great last year and we will be able to increase the level again this year – I am convinced of that and we are all working very hard!
Indian Spirit 2019
29.8.-3.9.2019, Eldena/Germany The 20th Indian Spirit Festival is waiting: This fantastic event will be celebrated in 2019 with top acts on two main stages, in deco dream worlds and with a world class laser show. Soap bubbles shimmer along with rhythmic sounds. Fire artists enliven the night. Jugglers and walking acts captivate all eyes. Body painting, dreadlock and yoga workshops invite all guests. The Indian Spirit Festival opens its doors. So, psychedelic acts let the Moon Stage shine non-stop from Thursday thru Monday. The Sun Stage is reserved for progressive and offbeat acts from Friday afternoon through Sunday. The Indian Spirit Festival brings together acts such as Vini Vici, Neelix, Astrix, Tristan, Avalon, Ace Ventura, Berg and Bliss on one line-up among 10,000 guests. Also announced: A repeat of the sensational laser harp show by Electric Universe. The Indian Spirit Festival will once again honour its tradition as the conclusion of the festival season in Germany. The Indian Spirit Festival has its idealistic origin in India – more precisely in Goa. But it is also associated with Indians. So, one thing is clear: It will be colourful and electrifying. The 20th journey into a boundless fantasy begins!
The Festival on the map
Bravely, the Indian Spirit returns after a year’s break!
After the Indian Spirit unfortunately could not take place in 2016, this year it returned on a new location at Eldena / Ludwigslust in early September at the end of the festival season in Germany.
The Indian Spirit satisfied with two large and almost equally good floors, where the decoration teams Mae & Moa and 3Delica put their extra class to the test. In addition, with numerous examples such as tepee tents or totem poles, the Indian theme was taken up repeatedly.
The line up had something to offer for all tastes with acts like Infected Mushroom, Vini Vici, Neelix or even Crazy Astronaut and left nothing to be desired. The Indian Spirit is definitely back and an important date in the calendar for 2018!