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Encapsulating music, art, film, fashion, performance and other cultural, recreational, and self-exploratory experiences.
Series of signature events addressed to select audiences organized around certain interests. Its programming encapsulates music, art, film, fashion, performance as well as other cultural, recreational, educational and self-exploratory experiences.
Heritage belongs to all. Our calling is to recover, preserve, invigorate and to pass it on.

In the generic world, the sites with identity provide a unique sense of place cumulatively forming the universe of infinite referentiality. Natives value their historic scenarios as part of their peculiar cultural character. To others – anyone keen on expanding their horizons – they reflect the enigmatic light of distant knowledges, beliefs and practices. Dissimilar, often strange, sometimes conflicting, but always enlightening, these unique sites constitute the real wealth of the world's heritage.
The Project
The current phase of Project Beesenstedt builds upon the preliminary effort aimed at restoring the basic structure of a dilapidated countryside estate comprised of a large XIX century manor house and its adjacent buildings with some dating back to the Middle Ages.

The project has been gradually unfolding all along since 1995 when the estate was privately acquired following the decades of abuse and neglect. The reconstruction has been personally funded by Armin Mey, the current owner and chief architect; as well as indirectly by the guests – supported with the revenues from periodic events held on the premises, such as festivals, conferences, workshops, weddings, creative collabs, group getaways... Given its historic character and near-full functionality, the schloss is also rented as a mise-en-scène for film and other production.

Structurally intact and providing for comfortable short stays and longer-term residencies, Schloss Beesenstedt now offers itself both as a platform equipped and furnished for a wide range of activities and, in parts yet to be developed, as a tabula rasa to be moulded at will and inscribed upon with original ideas. The project in the current phase evolves seeking and welcoming collaborations across various cultural fields. It thrives on the contributions and energies of international artists, musicians, designers, performers, writers, thinkers and dreamers of all kinds.

The next phase of development will expand the scope of the current plan to include the social responsibility task of reviving the town itself giving it new health, strength and spirit.
The Totum Series
Totum is the name for our signature events taking place quarterly on special notice and addressed to select audiences organized around certain interests – one key theme at a time. Over the span of three days commencing on Friday night to roll until early Monday, the Totum programming encapsulates music, art, film, fashion, performance as well as other cultural, recreational, educational and self-exploratory experiences.

Comprised of the finest acts all expertly curated, the Totum events are intended as intersubjective itineraries and frameworks for meaningful socialization and tight-knot networking. The guests withdraw themselves from the compartments of their private lives winding up in the remote (no-easy-exit) communal situations wherein the only way to fully enjoy themselves is through interactions with others... learning, accepting and gaining from each other by living through the social scenarios and doing things together.

The principle of selectivity with respect to audience is not discriminatory, but formative. With the accommodation space limited, the task is to provide our guests with the highest quality time possible. The best time one gets is always spent in the company of the like-minded and similarly inclined. Thus, issuing invitations we make sure the events with, say, experimental food as their main theme first and foremost attract experimental food enthusiasts; while totums primarely dedicated to free-form music or avant-garde cinema are addressed to their most appreciative audience types, respectively.

Thus, it is important that we know you – either personally, or through friends, or based on your profiles in social networks where your cultural preferences and outlook is either expressed or implied. We encourage you to sign with us so we can learn something about you and precise-address our invitations.

We embrace the prospect of collaboration with other organizations whose output relates to culture. Please contact us to discuss what we can do together.
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The Schloss
The Schloss is an elegant early XIX-century manor house bestowing on the medieval town all the flamboyance one can find in and around Beesenstedt.

Four-storeyed 5,000m2 piece of architecture, its ground floor is given to five large halls or vestibules. Variously furnished and decorated, sharing two old fireplaces, a bar, grand piano, artworks on the walls, an exit to the winter garden and a restroom, these ample ground halls can be of use, convenience and indulgence in many different ways. The Masonic Chamber which contains a library of antique books, stockroom of artifacts, the solar (room for solitary activities) and other facilities is a limited access area requiring permission from the host to enter.

The second floor boasts a grand hall originally built as a ballroom. Restored and furnished with fidelity to the bygone era – its high ceiling adorned with elaborate stucco ornaments, three enormous crystal chandeliers in classic style illuminating the chamber, otherwise full of light flooding in through the wall of vast windows; equipped with an authentic fireplace surrounded by sofas and chairs accenting the warmest social area, the spot especially hospitable in winter time, an old Bechstein grand piano solemnly awaiting its guest maestro in the corner, and a sound system to plug in an occasional iPhone – the grand hall most comfortably holds banquets, ceremonies and other large-group lively congregations.

Adjacent to the grand hall one finds the main bar, a bay-windowed gallery stretching across the entire rear facade facing south and serving as a breakfast parlour, and two large terraces facing north, one hanging above the main entrance. Other rooms on this level are a high lobby area, sauna with an exit to the balcony, sauna lounge with a bar, bathroom with showers, industrial-type kitchen and service rooms.

The third and fourth floors of the house are bedroom areas – rooms of different types and interior styles (private double and triple bedrooms, most equipped with private bathrooms), spacious rooftop dormitories affording different degrees of privacy. Not counting other buildings, the house itself is most likely to comfortably accommodate all of your people.

The roof is topped with two observatories offering panoramic views over the town and beyond the horizons.

In the basement which vertically spans two underground levels one discovers a club area, soundproof, comprised of the main dance floor, another smaller dance floor one level down, two makeshift bars, conspiracy lounge, and a number of small chill-outs and hideouts. Here in the cellar one also locates two fully equipped gyms.

Living and other functional space of the estate stretches into the buildings found in the backyard. Currently there are three. Two of which are 900m2 barns of stone with some of their space designed to hold conferences, workshops, performances, large screen film projections. The rest of space is partitioned into dorms. The third is a two-storeyed building furnished as an auditorium with a stage and removable seating, a restaurant and bar; more sleeping quarters on the second floor and in the attic.

The Location
You find us in the town of Beesenstedt near Halle an der Saale, in the southern part of Saxony-Anhalt, the seedbed of German Romanticism, once dominant and still influential intellectual movement in philosophy, the arts, and culture. Google Map.
Schloss Beesenstedt
Schloss Beesenstedt