The next big challenge has been scheduled for months – the 16th World Gymnaestrada will be returning to Vorarlberg in 2019. It’s not only going to be a huge event with 18,000 athletes from all over the world, it’s also going to be a massive task and responsibility for Kerstin Beiter and Britta Hafner because they’re going to be handling the opening ceremony and the final part. The event will see 1,500 children, teenagers and adults performing on stage. The concept, choreography, costumes, logistics, equipment, transport, music and even the smallest of details will have to be in place when the audience will be made up of thousands of spectators. The two women are working on this task in a team. The communications alone require a lot of intensive work and the two know exactly what awaits them in 2019 because they’ve already taken part themselves several times before.
“The best thing about the Gymnaestrada is that everyone can join in, all cultures come together, everything takes place peacefully, wonderful encounters and great shows can be seen every day. It’s a great time,” says Kerstin enthusiastically and surprisingly calmly. “I think the motto ‘come together. show your colours!’ is simply fitting for an event of this size and variety – and the opening show is going to be colourful that’s for sure,” she laughs.
The world’s media will be descending on the region between Lake Constance and Arlberg from 7 to 13 July 2019 and it’s certainly going to be a very special time for all those taking part – but also for Vorarlberg. And after that? “We’ll be training for the next tournament once that’s over,” says Kerstin Beiter and starts to stretch after sitting for so long.