A lot of people may have asked themselves this question. Of course, we have written stuff about us and our structures over the past years and a lot of people have known the festival for quite some time now. Still, we would quite like to sum up Fusion Festival a little bit for you.
Since its foundation in 1999, the non-profit association "Kulturkosmos" is the festivals host and organiser. While the association remains the legal base of the project, above all we understand ourselves as a steady group and community. Planning as well as front-end work for the festival are certainly in the hands of this community.
Most of us spend loads of their spare time in and for this project. Whether voluntarily or paid often it's about: ''Everyone is doing as much as possible, and if that doesn't work out someone else has got to do it or it's simply not done at all.'' But Fusion has become so big that things like accountancy or the maintenance of the festival ground throughout the year can not be done on a voluntary basis anymore. That's why permament or part-time jobs in different fields like Booking, Construction or Infrasructure and other parts have been established. We are also really lucky to be supported by motivated trainees in Lärz. Due to all marvellous employees everything which has to be organised prior to the festival can be implemented just in time.
Over the past 20 years a remarkable network developed alongside the Fusion festival. Over 200 very different groups as well as many kick-ass lone fighters are cultivating this network, which puts the festival into practise every year. During the event, thousands of people from Mecklenburg and other parts of the country are working on the site.
In every day life these groups are engaged with subculture, left-wing politics, arts and youth work. All of them together create the base necessary to make it possible to accomplish such an eclectic and big event like this. Each group has got different fields of duties and in agreement with us they all work very much self-responsibly and independently where ever that's possible. Some of those groups for instance manage the bars on the festival. This means that there are no private benefits coming out of the beverage sales. Thus, with every drink you buy you are supporting a youth support project, a cultural initiative or a left-wing political project. Other groups are supervising the different dance floors, stages and hangars as well as the toilets and showers or they manage admissions and the traffic.
Volunteer work is one of the cornerstones of the network and the association. Without voluntary work the festival could not exist. Since the voluntary commitment for the project Fusion decreased dramatically in the recent years we had to rethink the topic "work" on the festival. 2015 we've initiated the Supporter Crew and since then nearly 2000 Supporters yearly help us realising the festival in it's scale, diversity and beauty through their voluntary work.
This Backstage section wouldn't be complete without a tribute to over 3000 artists who make Fusion a melting pot of extremely diverse music, artistry, theatre and optics. The extent to which they are contributing to the festival's success is crucial - without them, all the other work around Fusion would be for nothing. Some of them like the artists from the Tanzwüste donate their fees to the conveyance fund of the Kulturkosmos. This donation-fund collects money in order to support regional youth and culture projects.
All together there are more than 7000 activists participating and contributing to Fusion every year. This is probably the biggest reason why Fusion always happens in such a relaxed, smoothly running way, making it possible to release so much positive energy every year.