WORKCAMP OLLENDORF WATER CASTLE
- chantiers 1-3 semaines
- Code : OH-W12
- Dispo : 5M / 5F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG /
- Age : 18 - 99
The participants of this Workcamp will construct a wooden gate and will build new fences surrounding the ground. They will dig holes for the foundations of the gate as well as for the fences, cast the foundations and construct the gate and the fences. Furthermore the participants will continue with the cultivation of the outdoor area around the castle.In July Open Houses organises Workcamp and Building Weeks in the same period at Ollendorf Water Castle. The two working groups are living together and they are one community. The only difference between the two projects is the different topics they are working on. During the camp it will be possible, that volunteers join the other working group, because of their skills or their own interests. Therefore please have a look both at the Workcamp and Buildings Weeks descriptions.
simple conditions, shared rooms with beds, warm showers and toilets,The meals will be prepared together as they are part of the community life, what means that every participant will be responsible for the meal at least once during its stay. So it would be very nice if the participants could bring typical recipes from home in order to introduce each other to the preparation of food from all over the world.
Ollendorf is situated between Erfurt, capital of Thuringia, and Weimar, the European Capital of Culture 1999. The small village is surrounded by a beautiful countryside.Ollendorf Water Castle was probably built in the 13th century as a protective fort at the aeurooevia regiaaeuro. The aeurooevia regiaaeuro was the most important medieval trading route which ran from Flanders via Frankfurt and Leipzig to Russia. In 1692 the castle had been destroyed by a fire and only the foundations could remain. The current manor house was built in 1694 in a simple rural baroque style, replacing the former castle. Following the decline of the aeurooevia regiaaeuro in the 19th century, the site was later used for agricultural purposes, and store houses and barns were built. During the last decades, due to long vacancy, the manor fell into disrepair. Since several years Open Houses is active at the Water Castle and could safe it from falling apart. Many works has been done since than, both focusing on the restoration of the historical complex and the renaturation of the castleaeuros surroundings. Due to the young people from different countries, who have lived there and have taken part in its restoration during the last years, the castle changed into a place of creativity and open-mindedness. Ollendorf is a good place to start excursions to important historical and cultural places like Weimar and Erfurt which are not far from the village.
Open Houses – not empty buildings, but places with visible and invisible traces of history, places which have grown and decayed over the centuries, places which were shaped by those people who lived there long ago as well those who left only yesterday – places which will be shaped by those who live there or who come as a guest.
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The history of Open Houses Network dates back to the mid-1980s, when a group of young people started to restore village churches in East Germany in voluntary work to protect them from decay. The engagement for these buildings united people who enjoyed the freedom these activities provided and who filled these rooms with life again in ways which by far exceed the craftsmen’s´ work done – through exhibitions, concerts, making music together or just sitting by the camp fire.
Meanwhile, rooms free of political and ideological pressure are no longer urgently required; however, places have become rare where people can meet without commercial pressure, free of bureaucracy and institutionalism, free of nepotism and the exclusion which it produces.
What should be easy – to go somewhere in order to meet people and to work together – has become difficult. The tightrope walk between, on the one hand, public activities in a monetary and functional sense, and the retreat into private life on the other, is very difficult, and it requires a lot of power and permanent efforts to tackle red tape and financial restrictions.
Free spaces are less and less understood as common property, and are permanently being cut back. The idea of public property seems to have gone out of fashion, and places of common responsible work have become rare.
Open Houses Network tries to create and protect such spaces. In this process, we do not want to be the do-ers, but be people who have a vision, who want to initiate something, but who also are aware of depending on the co-operation of others. We understand our projects and events as offers – as offers to create space for commitment, for changes, for meetings.