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i'm not laughing at the germans because sometimes i am but most are laughing with the me but i haven't think deep into the german culture yet you did seem to take this drama to you because it's all about who had enough time rachel join me for me to get the beat up old. i just discovered what i think is the ultimate summer experience swimming down the mighty rhine but the switzerland certainly not i'm still.
summer slump not on arts $21.00 while everyone is out we set out to and our reporters have made so many fascinating discoveries along the way we've made exciting be able. to rate talents. and great heroes. all the way from buy a boy to south africa. our grimm's tour of arts on water and slams. and this is a 1st my 1st time swimming in a major waterway in the middle of the city i can't wait but 1st i want to find out a bit more about this bird. reverse swimming trend of the rhine in basel or father
rhine as it's often called in german is the specially popular for urban swimming from its source high up in the swiss alps it flows through half of europe river swimming has a long tradition here but being more used to pools and lakes it's quite an adventure for me in this sweltering summer people are talking about the concept of urban swimming in fifty's all over europe and as a former swimmer myself of course i'm fascinated by this concept because i've never really done it. whereas here everyone seems to be doing it. fearlessly into the chilly 20 degree current even with kids in tow they kind of swim downstream to emerge from the water as if we born easy right and you shouldn't underestimate it isn't like a lake city when the current can be pretty scary especially the. how do you feel before your 1st run swim. excited yeah
a little bit. i decided to take a quick detour to architecture museum to see swim city the 1st ever exhibition on urban swimming. as you can see basel has a lot of water all throughout the city and the swiss are very very proud of their tradition of urban river swimming so much so that they found it worthy of a museum exhibition. this is where i meet the curator avid urban river swimmer and a champion of this burgeoning trend and no you actually have people from all walks of life who do this all generations all social strata and this becomes maybe the most inclusive public space of poles and it's a very interesting way to be in the city but actually to understand the city as vironment is very dominated by of course the geography. so urban swimming is about more. more than just cooling off and having fun in the
current climate of the city sell offs and speculative investments is actually a political act. it is it is really about reclaiming the city as your as your home as your environment this is we're living in this this time where international investment groups take possession of urban spaces and the center is the most this is the most attractive area so local people get gentrified in other areas and this is the back bunch funding us movie shows me examples from switzerland and elsewhere that prove urban swimming is an international trend and where people are hopping into the water already they're planning river pools in new york brussels paris or london every city needs a good swimming hole. in my hometown of berlin the cost was launched a few years ago a competition in the name of a place as
a 2025 the cleaned up water alongside the historic museum island will be freely accessible a swimmer's dream but 1st some tips for bozza remember him from the house and to seem from the outside it looks like there's a lot of action on the river on hot summer days but if you're in the river it's like when you're driving a car on traffic. then you understand that they're going that way on that side and that's the bike lane then. there's an order to it 60 so despite shipping in tanker traffic everyone sticks to the rules high time for me to take the plunge so 1st i have to plan my strategy how i'm going to swim down the rhine is where i'm starting at the shrouds by the book in front of the tank in the museum and then i'm supposed to stay in this green zone all the way around and this is of course what makes me a bit nervous this is the danger zone where all the shipping traffic. it is.
an essential part of river swimming in. a little bit of extra sunscreen and now i'm going to pack my. fish is a waterproof bag if you roll it down 7 times. let's hope it works. but it. takes your marks get set go into the waters of the rhine. it takes about 25 minutes to swim and float the 3 kilometers downstream you can catch the current rather than the. urban swimming is part of everyday life in switzerland and it's a truly democratic activity the strong current is
a challenge on the ghetto but an exhilarating one and quickly i meet 3 kindred spirits. tell me where you're from and is this your 1st time swimming in the right that is 1st time for all the states new mexico and california. people around here and just for exploring. the city shimmering in the heat looks like a film from here and i'm feeling like one of the rhine maidens from opera urban river swimming takes a lot of boxes it's. environmentally friendly tradition and. several trips down the river i am really grateful for this because i'm actually frozen stiff. i can hardly speak but it's an absolutely wonderful experience and i think i've been bitten by this going to have to check off all the others from. all
rivers in switzerland and possibly everywhere else on the globe the sea state you know. it's not easy to leave the rhine in basel behind to move to the easiest place where it's so easy to go with the flow and to sometimes simply leave the blur of the daily grind behind us for. something moved kiss is still. to come. and. eat eat eat eat eat. germany's oldest music festival since $876.00 it's been the dream of all wagner fans to visit the legendary hall greenhill. i've been coming here for 30 years and i'm still captivated by wagners musical dramas this year my personal highlight was meeting
the heroic tenor for help in terry's ergo fellow steven steven gold he's one of the most sought after wagner singers in the world even after all these years by roy still remains a magical place for him. but gives me these magical moments when you discover something especially in wagner singing that you and probably could never have discovered anywhere else. very feet. this year he's singing a new production of tom hawza the. i was a little skeptic sometimes when a new concept is presented to me but i was just really. i have to say within just one day of being here i was totally convinced. it's a multimedia production and very demanding for gold.
toys it was the 1st role he sang and by a point in 2004 his warm voice and commanding presence immediately won over audiences and critics alike my 1st year here of course i was just terrified to be almost completely terrified no matter how much experience you have as a singer the 1st time you're here at this temple. you will have nervousness and things like. the fact that gould performs about mary and heroes and by right it all is a small miracle. for years he toured the u.s. in the musical phantom of the opera he was also using incorrect technique until a music teacher suggested he try the more taxing german works as a health and tenor use. so can you explain what is ahead of time a dramatic verity tenor has to have those beautiful just round holes bays
cause seas that they can just hold for other held and tender might need those notes but they're produced more with steel that cuts through the orchestra and then you put on top of that you have to have insurance. in 2006 good was able to showcase his insurance when the late night his daughter katina cast him as it played in a new production of the ring cycle i knew. i eat. too many singers today are pushed into their big wagnerian rolls in their twenties if you sings it treat at the age of 28 i can guarantee you one thing you won't be singing anything by the time you're $38.00 it's just wrong. the problem today is everyone wants
their their heroes to be young and vibrant and look like brad pitt in his early days but you have to give the voice time to develop. the tenor was over 40 the 1st time he sang beaten by whites he initially underestimated the colossal role but this didn't seem to travel experience bestival director full time back. for me wagner was really. one of the great influencers of my life when i was doing those recruits you know i think he saw one day that i looked like i was about to go under he patted my knee and he just started telling me stories stories of all the great tennis and that's when i realized this was his way of telling me every one of the great tenors were not was not a great treat the 1st time. it's
a secret isn't and victor long. i you work for the grandson of the composer and the grand grand daughter. so how was your experience was she wanted me for for the tristan project and i was very adamant that i needed to do it the right way this time. tristan was the bag number opus for holding time and received all the different manifestations of his relationship with ease although materialize on the stage for us. i. mean some bucknor fans objected to the restrained psychological interpretation of the tragic love between tristan and isolde but this role became steven gould's greatest
success. this year he's in the spotlight with the new toys a production that opened the 21000 by white festival. i. favor it seems as when time high as it goes to rome to ask forgiveness of the pope in vain. that's a dream moment to sing and to play because you can you can let all of the heartache all of the pain come out through that. in the current production toy's is part of a wild anarchic group that celebrates sexual expression and demands complete freedom in the arts. it was clear right from the very beginning when we were doing for the staging that i needed to rethink that and try to come up with something
less. angry and completely defeated it's a way of looking up myself. as a serious and yet i part of my and our chris group is i'm i'm i'm a cloud. i come out as a cloud. stephen gold stays curious even after hundreds of performances he keeps finding new ways to interpret progress classic characters it was wonderful meeting him and watching him on stage even more so hopefully he'll be back again next year.
either back at the home to the high go music festival. this year so that it is bush or been a string orchestra performs use of haydn's missing. or mass for troubled times with the choir from austria. this might be the 1st time many of the young musicians from south africa visit europe but they're already very familiar with the continent's classical music. because i love the way. european people just. how can they see there's various they're very serious about. the music and the
beauty of music as well so i love it african music is. slang it's find it has that rhythm where classical music is like you have to mean can you are in control of the piece in expressing their emotions even more when you're playing and when you're playing a small piece and lengthy you're sad for no reason or whatever. and then you play a small piece and slow physical abuse so that. brings out that frustration on for me. rehearsal for their concert long walk to freedom its program included anti-apartheid songs. many are here today thanks to the mongo home string program. founded under the lead of peter guy and 998 this initiative supports young aspiring musicians from
historically disadvantaged backgrounds. the orchestra really just if i can say the public face of the program so i always associate the 2 sort of hand in glove as we would say for the future of the program meets the future of the orchestra of course. i am at it with the. eat was the long walk to freedom also pay tribute to south africa's 1st black president the anti-apartheid revolutionary nelson mandela whose autobiography best the same title . the. the community of i'm
a human but because she states of the basic idea was to tell the story of apartheid being of a calm in a musical way. as a disability i was thinking about the moving anti apartheid songs and thought that they would work extremely well with parts of haydn's mass. it's a myth of a been. the talented youths are full of passion and exuberance no matter the genre they perform . the bush or bill a string orchestra has to europe many times before and they always bring along fun and familiar tunes as well. one of them is past. it's been a huge international effort pop success ever since of african style mary mackillop stormed the charts with it in the 1967. aside from enjoying their travels the young musicians also see themselves as
cultural ambassadors. different people learn a new language where to really find and about experimental and a bit hard for i guess i can just say it's been a wonderful trip all rollercoaster. and at the center of it all nelson mandela and broome fontayne some 400 kilometers southwest of johannesburg a statue commemorates his life was. apartheid officially ended in south africa a quarter of a century ago 994 get somewhere else have yet to be healed music projects like these can help of a campaign full divides. the african national congress or a.n.c. was founded in the township of mongol poverty and segregation are still an issue. in. the free says he music on houses the mungo own string program in the wealthiest
city center. ok. c over 500 children have lent violin viola cello or double bass here since 998 the program receives funding from the state as well as private donations mainly from europe and the u.s. . pisa guy is very proud of the program's development and have the students have progressed so many more children now have access to learning a string instrument you know in the bad days of apartheid the government would tell you what you could learn and what instruments you could play and what your interests were so i mean just the fact that we could introduce string instruments
to young people who've never had the chance i was obviously a big a big success was. the children's families pan attendance fear of a 1000 runs some 60 euros a year this includes classes transportation and a borrowing fee for the instruments the rates are set low yet some families still struggle to afford them. come home we're told he is a former music on pupil now she's become a teacher that. the 19 year old is part of the born free generation the 1st to be born in the post apartheid era she thinks of africa today is not quite what mandela had worked for. i feel like i'm inventing the sometimes when i feel like our friend. but then there's sometimes i get so interested like ok i want to know this i mean if it wasn't for him i wouldn't be here i feel like nelson mandela wouldn't be proud of the south africa we are today of crying and. standing
and it's too much crying makes it unsafe for children to travel to so peace a guy has board buses for the project sometimes he drives them himself. transport is a big issue for us because unlike a lot of places in the rest the world the transport here there isn't a reliable safe and unsafe and expensive public transport so i realized early on that if we can provide the transport that a lot of a lot more children will have access to music to which and so we either bring the children to us after school hours or we go to the children and their schools and where we where the schools will allow us to teach in the morning then obviously we travel to those places so it's so transport is a real key part. once a week some of the teaches travel north defeated for some 300 kilometers away the
idea is to spread the concept to other regions and directly with local schools. you . can live. here on the outskirts of free to foot is where cutler. lives the viola player from the budget a string orchestra. he lives here with his mother sisters and his niece. and . they enjoy hearing playing he started learning 4 years ago and practices 4 hours a day to hone his target. 2
2 practice outside on most days because i think for me. it doesn't strike me that much as when i'm focusing inside the house because you have a baby and then she'll be playing and sometimes you have relatives then you want to play tennis so it's really. it's. coming from japan from the outside and inside of. course it's special but it as long as people see this is something. unusual that i think we we know we still live in an abnormal society. nelson mandela once said everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they did. this whole concept speaks to that sentiment quite well thank you.
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