Stuttgart (dpa/lsw) – Two hits on the beer keg and Mayor Frank Nopper (CDU) was able to pour the first measure to Transport Minister Winfried Hermann (Greens): The 175th edition of the Cannstatter Wasen, the largest folk festival in the southwest, has begun.
The last wasen took place in 2019, in the following years it had to be canceled due to corona. Celebrating a folk festival in times of crisis? An important sign for Nopper: “The Cannstatter Wasen has been a mental crisis management program since it was first held. We need joie de vivre, but with reason,” he said in his opening speech.
Nevertheless, the Dinkelacker marquee was not overly full when the tapping was started, and the applause during Nopper’s speech was rather restrained. Around 3.5 million visitors are expected by the end of the folk festival on October 9th. But during the performance of the brass band “Fettes Bläch” and the first “Prosit”, which resounded through the tent, the classic marquee atmosphere came up.
Although you can celebrate at the Wasen without any access restrictions or conditions, the pandemic has not left the folk festival untouched: Many employees were no longer available during the Corona break, said the chairman of the Southwest Stuttgart Showmen’s Association, Mark Roschmann.
And not only that: the rising energy costs are also depressing the mood. The companies reckoned with up to 30 percent additional costs. The guests are also feeling the effects of the increased prices and inflation: a beer costs up to 13.20 euros this year in the festival tents – in 2019 it was significantly cheaper at an average of 11.20 euros.
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