The Magic Park at Zurich Airport surprises with fireworks of music, art and cuisine. A pre-Christmas festival with arcades, Bastian Baker and raclette for the whole family.
The stream of light pours into the night like a water fountain. A blink of an eye later, the viewers are amazed at a sea of shooting stars. The art installation consists of several dynamic arcs of light whose scenic character is constantly changing.
It is part of the Magic Park, the winter light and music festival that is taking place at Zurich Airport for the second time this year. For 18 days, it takes visitors into a world of music, art and cuisine that enchants young and old alike.
The name says it all, and so the magic park follows with a lot of variety in an atmospheric setting. Visual effects play a major role in this. The stage, for example, is modeled on a wintry mountain landscape, with a cave embedded in the center.
Entertainers, clowns and Aunt Carmen
In the early evening, the podium is reserved for the entertainment of the young audience, who can look forward to a colorful children’s program. These include Papagallo & Gollo, who spread a good mood with stories and groovy music, or the clowns Pepe & Tommy, whose slapstick, wit and magic make the audience laugh and marvel. Comedian Marc Haller takes you into the crazy world of the eccentric «Erwin».
The entertainers Laurent & Max interpret yesterday’s world hits with refreshing Swiss lyrics that deal with everyday problems in kindergarten and school. “Let It Be” becomes “Znünibrot” or “Born to Be Wild” becomes “S Mami häts gseit”. Also present are storyteller Aunt Carmen and ventriloquist Dan White with the chattering seal who performs tricks until the wand bends.
Every evening from 8 p.m. it’s time to raise the curtain for the big musical treats. Well-known artists and promising newcomers from a wide range of genres heat up the atmosphere. The Swiss rapper Stress, Baschi, Bastian Baker, Müslim, The Gardener & The Tree or Tashan are just a few of the names on the set.
Accessibility was also considered. For example, the Crimer concert on December 9 will be simultaneously translated by a sign language interpreter in cooperation with the “Think of Me” foundation. While at the first edition only Swiss entertainment stars were on the magic park stage, this year musicians from abroad are also enriching the program. For example the Austrian rock band Wanda.
Oversized moon and nature spirit
In addition to the daily changing children’s and concert program, the light art is a particular crowd puller. Art and design collective NOA curated light installations by artists from across Europe.
Many are not static, but dynamically change colors and appearance, or underline the impact with projections and audio effects. They take up themes from nature and metaphysics and skilfully play with the imagination of the viewer. For example, they encounter an oversized moon, a magical nature spirit or can paint their own works of art with light. The twelve impressive light installations are distributed along a circular path that can be explored in 30 to 45 minutes, depending on how long you stay.
Scents of raclette, chestnuts and mulled wine spice the air in the magic park’s pleasure village – small wooden huts to the left and right of the stage. More than the classic Advent delicacies are offered there. Also burgers, soups, Thai food, Greek specialties or churros curls.
Some may wonder how to deal with the subject of energy in the magic park. This is also an important aspect for Stefan Feldmann, Head The Circle and member of the organizing committee. For example, the opening hours have been reduced, an internal event has been dispensed with and the number of gastro houses in the enjoyment village has been reduced. “In addition, the magic park takes place outside, we don’t need any energy to heat large interior spaces,” says Feldmann. “The energy consumption per visitor amounts to around 0.4 kWh of electricity. That can be compared to vacuuming for 15 minutes.”
A collaboration between the Sunday newspaper and Zurich Airport.