Monday, July 19, 2010

Festival transforms autobahn into world's longest street party

Bars not cars, culture not cargo. Germans enjoyed the quiet life on one of the country's busiest highways, if only for a day. As the A40 autobahn closed to anything with an engine, it opened up for walkers and visitors.The usual bland asphalt highway of the A40 is not the place you would expect to listen to a ukulele orchestra, watch a woman celebrate her 40th birthday and take in a bridal fashion show.

Yet this is no usual year for the Ruhr region. As part of its year as the 2010 European capital of culture, visitors on foot, bike and inline skates have displaced the usual noisy traffic of the highway at the heart of this industrial region.

It is all part of a piece of living artwork called "Still life: Ruhrschnellweg" or the "Ruhr speedway." Where normally thousands of cars and trucks rush by everyday, the highway was transformed into a huge area for a summer party.


To read more:

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/article/0,,5813574,00.html


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