26 days of Christmas

Dear friends of the EDS,

Thank you for visiting our website and welcome to our Advent Calendar ’26 Days of Christmas’.

This year has been a challenging one also for the theatres and other cultural and entertainment institutions, as well as thousands of individuals whose livelihoods depend on people being able to meet up socially. With contact restrictions making it impossible to rehearse and public performances in the Experimentiertheater unable to take place, even if entertainment venues do reopen at the beginning of next year, there is no realistic prospect of the EDS putting on a play at the end of this semester.

With Christmas markets, Christmas parties and Christmas gatherings with friends and work colleagues being cancelled, the Christmas season will most likely lose a little bit of its sparkle this year. Hence the idea to bring at least a little Christmas spirit to your homes, wherever you are at this time.

For our Advent calendar we have selected some beautiful, inspiring, hopeful, sometimes funny, sometimes sad Christmas stories and poems, as well as one of the most beautiful Christmas carols, each recorded by a different member of the EDS, with a new door opening each day from 1st to 26th December. As you can see we have also included Christmas Day and Boxing Day in our calendar. Behind the door on Christmas Day you will find a story read by everyone together.

We hope that our Advent calendar will add a little bit of Christmas magic to your day. The EDS wishes you all a wonderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

Stay safe, stay healthy!

Kirsten Henry (Director)

Support for culture

As we are a non-profit-making student society, EDS productions are financed through the income from ticket sales and with financial support from the university. Whilst no ticket sales means no income, we also have no ongoing expenses to worry about. This is not true of course for many cultural institutions, artists and venues whose existence depends on them being able to perform to paying audiences. Without these audiences - and despite limited help from the state - many small theatres and individual performers are struggling to survive.

Please consider buying gift vouchers for theatres and cultural events this Christmas, or making a donation to your local theatre or a cultural organisation of your choice. If you are in Germany, coronakuenstlerhilfe.de is one of several websites set up by organisations to support the cultural and creative sectors.

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