Das Herz von Oberbilk schlägt auf der Kölner Straße. Von der Pempelforter Straße über den Worringer Platz, vorbei am Oberbilker Markt bis hin zur Oberbilker Allee erstreckt sie sich: die 2,6 km lange Straße, die der Drehpunkt eines innovativen Viertels ist, das Düsseldorf stetig mit neuen Ideen, weltoffenen Menschen und nicht zuletzt mit einer reichhaltigen Auswahl an Produkten versorgt. Vom Städtetourismus bislang weitgehend unbeachtet, hat sie doch alles, was einen „hot spot“ auszeichnet – höchste Zeit also, einen authentischen Blick auf ein gewachsenes Stück Düsseldorf zu werfen.
A cold wind whistles as the minibus arrives at the grounds of the rehearsal stage of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Duisburg. Voices, laughter and lively hustle and bustle can be heard. One of them catches your eye immediately because of his physical presence: Philipp Westerbarkei. We meet him this Saturday in Duisburg to talk about his current production, “Roméo et Juliette” by Charles Gounod.
A dimly lit staircase at the (music venue) Zakk, music in the background and we meet Selena on the stairs. It’s been in the works for a while. Now it’s finally happening, in the context of the Fem_Pop Festival, and she smiles at us happily. She just played a concert with her band “Sanescere” and now has time to talk to us. About music, family and her vision for Düsseldorf.
Music and silence are mutually exclusive. Generally speaking. However, the musician and sound designer Tom Blankenberg convinces you of the opposite. His sound threads weave silence into music. Now his first album has been released – “Atermus”. We visited Tom Blankenberg in his studio in a Flingern backyard.
Suzusan is the name of the label of Hiroyuki Murase, called Hiro, who breathes new life into the Japanese craft of shibori. The company is based in a backyard studio in Flingern-Süd, opposite the Weltkunstzimmer, and sells its collection far beyond Düsseldorf. The fabric produced with this special technique has already been worn on Dior’s catwalk as well as byinternational stars like Natalie Portman. THE DORF visited him in his studio to find out more about his label, shibori and his future plans.