What is Metropolink?
Over 50 world-renowned artists, including stars of the scene such as Demsky, PichiAvo, Bordalo II, Hendrik Beikirch, Sam3, and Herakut, visited Heidelberg and its region to create art for a large audience. Walls, buildings, and public spaces have since been transformed into works of art. The festival, under the patronage of Heidelberg's Lord Mayor Prof.Dr. Eckart Würzner is closely linked to the theme of urban development.
METROPOLINK sees artistic interventions in public space as a way to reclaim it for the community. Public exchange is desired and cultural bridges are to be built in the context of art in public space. In cooperation with the International Building Exhibition Heidelberg, METROPOLINK launches in its fifth edition the transformation of a former US military settlement into an urban district of the future. Part of the former US military settlement Patrick-Henry-Village (PHV), which is currently also used as a registration centre for refugees, is to become a pilot project for art, culture, and science. By transforming the former supermarket into a centre for urban art (Metropolink's Commissary), Metropolink is pursuing a sustainable and medium-term concept to establish Heidelberg as a beacon for urban art, digitalization processes, and modern urban development.
PHV is one of Heidelberg's last real open spaces. As an innovative festival, constantly looking for space and rooms, it makes sense to create a world of high-quality street art in this open space. In the PX Factory, the festival has space to finally expand its workshop offerings. With the great exhibition concept, we also have the opportunity to invite our artists to show what they can make out of interior space with great exhibition space.
During the festival period, however, not only the former US military settlement is visited by a large number of renowned international artists: During the two weeks, there will also be a large number of concerts, workshops, film screenings, and participation formats that will give visitors a glimpse into the future of the neighbourhood.