Festival Murals in Bad Vilbel

The street artists Hera (Jasmin Siddiqui), Akut (Falk Lehman) and Case (Andreas von Chrzanowski) have been commissioned several times to paint large murals advertising plays or musicals that were being performed at the Castle Festival in Bad Vilbel. Four of these murals were on display for several years in the underpass near the north railway station, where the Homburger Straße goes under the railroad tracks.

Mural for the play “Die Feuerzangenbowle” in Bad Vilbel

The word Feuerzangenbowle means a kind of brandy punch, which can be seen steaming in the mural. The play is based a novel by Heinrich Spoerl from the year 1933, which is remembered primarily because it was made into a highly successful German film during the Second World War, in 1944. (They had to get Hitler’s permission before it was first shown).

The story is about a man who was home-schooled as a child and feels he missed out on all the pranks that the older pupils play at school. So he disguises himself as a teenager and goes to school for a week. (I’ve never seen the film, but it still seems to be popular here in Germany.)

Mural for Anatevka, Bad Vilbel 2011

Anatevka is the Yiddish and German title of the musical Fiddler on the Roof, based on a Yiddish novel by von Scholem Alejchem (1859-1916).

(All you loyal readers of my post Tito’s Glasses in Osnabrück might recall that Adriana Altaras was in Osnabrück in 2012 because she was directing a new production of Anatevka at the Osnabrück City Theater.)

Mural for Kiss Me Kate, Bad Vilbel 2012

Kiss Me Kate, the musical by Cole Porter, was performed at the Castle Festival in Bad Vilbel in the summer of 2012 and again in 2014. The musical was based on a Shakespeare play, The Taming of the Shrew, as Hera has helpfully written in pink in the lower right-hand corner of the mural.

Arsenic and Old Lace, Bad Vilbel 2012

Arsen und Spitzenhäubchen is the German translation of Arsenic and Old Lace, an American play by Joseph Kesselring that was made into a film starring Cary Grant in the 1940s.

My photos in this post are from 2013. I revised the text in 2023.

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5 thoughts on “Festival Murals in Bad Vilbel”

  1. I spent quite a lot of time staying with family friends in Bad Vilbel. Lovely to see it being written about because no one but me (and the friends) ever seem to have heard of the place.

    1. I used to ride to Bad Vilbel and back quite often, because it is not far from our house in Frankfurt and there is a pleasant bicycle path along the Nidda River.

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