While over the carnival days up and down the Rhine the carnival jesters parade through the streets, the followers of the church cabaret come to the Rhine town of Bad Honnef to the 10. "Church cabaret marathon". "This is an alternative to carnival," promises organizer Christiane Kegel of the Catholic Social Institute (KSI), adding, "with class.".
What the then head of KSI, Joachim Sikora, thought up in 1999 as a small event on the long Carnival weekend for the conference center of the Archdiocese of Cologne has since become a real hit in the annual program. "We are also booked up to the last broom closet this time," Kegel is pleased with the approximately 200 registrations, not counting day guests. The visitors come from all over Germany, from Lubeck to Konstanz the catchment area reaches. Fans from the Ruhr region are particularly well represented: "They love their church cabaret," says the organizer.The festival thrives on a special atmosphere: The artists usually stay for the entire period to talk shop with their colleagues and the audience. Kegel is pleased to say that hardly anyone even thinks of escaping to the carnival parades in the neighboring carnival strongholds. The "who's who" of the church cabaret scene attracts a specific target audience: "All those who come have had positive or negative experiences with church," Kegel knows. Someone who is a complete stranger to the church will understand almost nothing of the program, she fears.This year, many artists who are on the payroll of the two large churches will be cavorting on the stage boards of the KSI.
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