Northwest Mecklenburg
Too loud: Piraten Open Air threatens to be banned

Rehearsal for pirate open air

Actors and stuntmen practice a fight scene during rehearsal for the Piraten-Open-Air.t. Photo: Jens Büttner/dpa/archive image

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Shortly before the start of the season of the Piraten Open Air in Grevesmühlen, which is planned for Friday, the district administration of Northwest Mecklenburg is threatening a performance ban due to the excessive noise level. If the organizers do not implement the proposed expert solution to comply with noise protection, the performance will remain prohibited, the district announced on Thursday evening. Attempts to come to an understanding in advance were unsuccessful.

Shortly before the start of the season of the Piraten Open Air planned for Friday in Grevesmühlen the district administration of Northwest Mecklenburg is threatening a performance ban due to excessive noise levels. If the organizers do not implement the proposed expert solution to comply with noise protection, the performance will remain prohibited, the district announced on Thursday evening. Attempts to come to an understanding in advance were unsuccessful.

According to the district office, measurements at the beginning of the week showed that the explosion and shot effects exceeded the specified guideline values ​​many times over. In previous years, residents had repeatedly complained about extreme noise pollution.

District Administrator Tino Schomann (CDU) complained that the authorities had encountered “great intransigence” among the organizers. “The fact that this may now lead to the performance ban being enforced one day before the premiere also makes me sad and I understand very well the outrage that will now spread among employees, actors and viewers. But our room for maneuver has been exhausted and the legal situation is clear, »said Schomann.

Intendat Peter Venzmer announced that he wanted to comply with the specifications. “We’ve been working all day to adapt the piece so that it doesn’t get too loud in the evening,” he said when asked by dpa. According to him, the premiere is sold out with around 1,600 spectators. In response to the rising again corona-Infection numbers, the theater management decided to only use about half of the increased number of seats to 3200.

This year the episode “The Secret of the Galleon” is on the schedule of the much-attended pirate spectacle about Captain Flint. 69 performances are planned until September 10th. The 2020 season was canceled due to the corona pandemic. Last year it was shortened to 50 performances. According to the organizers, with 32,000 visitors, only half as many guests were counted as in the pre-Corona year 2019.

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