This Survival Guide provides all crucial information to participate in ART BAER. We ask all participants to read this information upfront. You’ll also have much more fun this way… Or did you know already how to get to the local pool?

Thank you!

Make sure you have an actual, max. 24h old, negative rapid test from an official test station (“Bürgertest”) to present at the gate. We ask you to bring and do a rapid self-test every day at the event. We ask you to wear a mask when you cannot keep distance and in close or crowded areas.

Consent is more important than ever this year: Please be considerate – others might want more space between you then you do. Also check for workshops whether masks are required.

Food and Beverages are not included in the admission. You need to bring enough food for yourself for the duration of the event. There may be some ultra-limited space in fridges, so try to avoid stuff that needs cooling. Cooking facilites are very limited, we suggest you bring a camping stove. Beverages are not included in the admission. Tap water is available. There will be a self-organized bar. Should you wish to donate to it, please bring gin, tonic and/or sparkling wine. If you need ice – bring it.

Please remember that you are expected to bring your own dishes, drinking up, etc. Even if somebody else gifts you food or beverages, you will still need to provide your own dishes and silverware!

UPDATE: If you wish to coordinate food preperation with others or wish to provide food , you can enter your contribution in the Food Sharing document.

Playing music at an event costs money in Germany. Please check if someone is organising “GEMA” (or do so yourself). Otherwise, we can´t keep you from bringing smaller speakers for your personal enjoyment. Handmade music is an important art form

As the monastery is inhabited and it’s ground is very close to the town, we need to be sort of quiet outside at night and reasonably quiet at day.

The event is organized by all participants (“ticket holders”). Coordination happens through this online sheet. Every participant has access to this sheet and is asked to do at least two shifts for the community. If you haven’t signed up in advance, you will be given a duty at the gate, e. g. as future shit ninja!

Art grants can be granted to reimburse artists for materials they need to purchase in order to create their art. All information concerning art and art grants can be found here.

All workshops are organized by participants. Workshops are free: Simply show up at the designated time. Should you need funding for materials for your workshop, please apply upfront and keep all receipts. You can find more on workshop registration and funding here.

We finance basic infrastructure and support for art, workshops and music through the ticket sale. Everybody – independend of the individual’s contribution to the event – is required to buy a ticket. You can find all information about tickets here.

Will ART BAER pay for transport of materials from/to from Berlin? We might – if demands are high. If you have particular transportation needs, let us know and we will figure out how to support you.

You will need to bring an official antigen Covid test (“Bürgertest”) when you arrive (see above). We will not check your vaccination certificate upon (but you known that it is better to be vaccinated to protect yourself and others). We will also check your temperature. If you’ve got fever, you will not be admitted to the venue. No reimbursement will happen in this case. Please do not just enter the premises. You will be checked by the Gate volunteers and greeted by the Greeters.

  • Arrival by car: address for the navigation: 06712 Zeitz – Kloster Posa 2 – there is a small narrow road (800 meters) up to the monastery. Please watch out for opposing traffic – be prepared to back up several meters.
  • Arrival by train and bus: The nearest train station is Zeitz. Trains RB13, RB22, RB76 and RE12 stop here, as well as the bus RB76. The entry to the monastery is about 2 km to walk.
  • Rideshares: Please post in the ART BAER Facebook group if you need or have a rideshare.

Parking: NO parking on the monastery grounds. The spaces at the entrance are reserved for loading and unloading. After unloading, please ask the gate people where you can park your car. Car parking may be far outside the monastery grounds, so be sure to have unloaded all things you will need.
Please do not block the narrow the road when unloading – our hosts might need it for agricultural vehicles, for them it is a normal working day.


Check-in starts with your Covid test status and your temperature. Afterwards, your ticket will be checked (please prepare a picture document to prove your identity). After you are through this procedure, you will be greeted by the Greeters – who will provide you with some crucial information about campgrounds, santiary arrangements and so on.

The monastery is an ex benedictine monastery dating back to the 12th century, that was built on a slavic castel of the 9th and 10th century. You are on very old, historical ground. The facilities are run by a non-profit organisation. We will be the only guests throughout ART BAER. Please behave like a guest. Dogs and other pets are not allowed. Please do not explore the monastery on your own! If you are interested to see more, we might organize a guided tour (let us know if you are interested).

Toilets: There will be toilets (Yay!). According to the number of participants, we might decide to add additional compost toilets. Please leave them how you want to find them. The shit ninjas will additionally keep them clean. They are are heroes and not your service personnel! By the way: You can sign up as shit ninja volunteer!

Showers: There will be a limited number of showers.

Public Pool: The public open air pool is only 850 m away from the venue (15 minutes by foot). You can use it for a swim but also to use the showers. The entrance fee is € 2.50 per hour, it is open from 11 am until 7 pm.

  • antigen Corona test (negative), ticket for ART BAER, picture document (ID card or passport)
  • camping gear, tent, sleeping pad, sleeping bag, pillow, camping chair (!!!), camping table, shade structure
  • clothes for different types of weather, swimming things, funky clothing (trust us on this, you’ll need it)
  • protection against sun and rain, sunscreen, hat as sun protection, necessary medical supplies, first aid kit, hearing protection for a good sleep, insect repellent
  • food and beverages for the duration of the event, dishes, cutlery, drinking cup, camping stove, pot/pan, everything for washing up
  • everything for personal hygiene, toothpaste, toothbrush, towel, toilet paper
  • trash bags (You are required to take all of your trash with you at the end of the event!), mobile ash tray
  • everything for your art: costumes, artwork, workshop materials, instruments…
  • everything you wish to bring for the event community (food, beverages, music, decorations…)
  • Lots of good mood!

We are camping in a designated area. Neither are cars allowed to park there, nor may campfires be lit in the area. Spaces for tents will be given in order of arrival. Please waste as little space as possible. Please mark your guy ropes and other tripping traps so nobody hurts themselves (e. g. with solar light during the night).

Depending on the number of participants, we will place a compost toilet near the camp area – or not. Please do never use the camp area nor the surrounding as “toilet”! In case you need to provide for the night (because you know you won’t make it to the official toilets), bring a bottle with a wide opening and possibly a pee funnel (e. g. “Pipilotta – Urinella”) and dispose of the content in the morning in the toilets.

Mobile homes or caravans are given a spot by the friendly gate-people. If your mobile home or caravan is leaking fluid of any sort – put a tarp under it.

Camp fire: There is ONE official, large and cosy fireplace. We will create and burn our ritual effigy here. No other fires are allowed.

Leaving the monastery grounds to go grocery shopping might severely disturb your experience! Suddenly you will be confronted with the default world, need to handle money and are possibly surrounded by stressed people. We strongly suggest you plan ahead so you won’t need to go shopping! Please just bring everything you will need or ask around if somebody can help you out. If it cannot be helped: The Edeka in Zeitz is just a 15 minute walk away. (The only valid excuse to go shopping, really, is getting ice cream for the entire community! 😉

There will be no opportunity to spend money at ART BAER. Everything given by participants (e. g. food and drinks) is a gift to the community. Workshops and workshop materials are either already financed through your ticket or a gift from the person holding the workshop.

Trash aka Leaving no Trace

Prepare for this scenario: You need to take home every single thing you bring. EVERYTHING. Including food wrapping. There will be NO option to dispose of trash at the ART BAER. (Please bring as little packaging as possible. Please consider carefully how much food you need to prepare.)


Radical Self Reliance is the rule here too. Bring what you need to set up and clean up after yourselves. ART BAER is what YOU make of it.
Offer a class – create an art piece – help build the effigy – conduct a workshop – make music – spread your wisdom. Join the volunteers – at least for two shifts.

Clean Up

Before you leave a space, please ensure that you swept everything, wiped, rinsed, cleaned up. This applies to monastery rooms, corridors, kitchens, bathrooms, paths, camping area, campfire and parking area. They all must be clean and ready for the next group when we leave. Empty returnable bottles you brought must be taken away again, and glass bottles should be disposed of by you in the waste glass containers in the town or at home.
If you have to leave early: find something you can clean up for the community!

Ranger aka Very Responsible Sober Person

We have dedicated persons (visibly carrying a sign) in shifts to help you deal with external forces like Police and Emergency Services, if something happens. This person also is the contact for people in distress.

Some No-Nos

⦁ Do NOT leave anything you used unclean in the kitchens or outside or anywhere. Clean it, return it or take it with you.
⦁ Do not leave any food ‘for all to share’ anywhere. Offer and share it with the people and take care of leftovers immediately.
⦁ If you empty a bottle or can – put it away – do not leave it on the table or elsewhere. It may fall and shards injures are nasty to deal with. (So much blood that isn’t stage blood…)
⦁ NO lasers are allowed. They are dangerous and might be against the law. Light artists need to clear laser usage with the orgnizers up front and need to obtain permission for each laser (depending on placement and class).

Photo & Film

ART BEAR is an event that aims to provide complete freedom for all participants. Taking photos or filming can severely disturb authentic self-expression of other participants. You should also ask yourself evey single time you wish to take a picture if you’d not rather be fully immersed in the experience instead of handling your cell phone. The following rules apply:

⦁ Taking photos is only allowed if ALL pictured persons (including in the background) are asked for permission. Pictures that explicitely show the grounds are not allowed. Photos may NOT be shared anywhere (!) outside the private Facebook group for participants. Should a participant ask you to delete a photo, please do so immediately (from the group and from all storage media, including cloud). In case we should add photos to this website after the event, we will also ask for permission in the Facebook group.
⦁ There might be designated photographers from the organizing team. The same rules apply to them. Should you need pictures of you art, please contact them.
⦁ Press and Media are prohibited from entering the event! No filming or other documentation of the event is allowed!

Do not post photos of the event anywhere outside the Facebook group. We all respect your privacy – please respect ours. Persons not adhering to these rules may be banned from attending the event in the future.

Every person participates at their own risk. This includes accompanying persons. They alone are to be held responsible according to criminal or civial law for all damages to facilities and objects used by them. Travel to and from the venue is also at each participant’s own risk. Each participant is fully aware of all dangers assumed by partaking in the event.

The event is explicitely family friendly. Children are an integral part of our community! However, not all content presented might be suitable for children. Parents or guradians assume responsibility für physical and mental well-being of their children as well as legal liability for their children.

By purchasing a ticket, each participant agrees to have read and understood the rules listed on this page and to behave accordingly during the event.