Bertelsmann: Bringing Roland Kaiser to the “Blue Sofa Gütersloh”
Press release | Gütersloh, 03/22/2022
Bertelsmann brings Roland Kaiser to the “Blue Sofa Gütersloh”
- Singer, artist and author Roland Kaiser talks about his autobiography “Sonneenseite” (Sunny Side) at Theater Gütersloh
- Ariane Binder from 3sat Kulturzeit will moderate the discussion
- Tickets for the May 2, 2022 event are available now
Gütersloh, March 22, 2022 – The international media company Bertelsmann is bringing Roland Kaiser, one of Germany’s most famous and beloved artists, to Gütersloh. He will take his place on the “Blue Sofa”, which goes on stage for the seventh time at the Theater Gütersloh. Following in the footsteps of successful authors such as Hans-Josef Ortheil, Wladimir Kaminer, Dörte Hansen and Elke Heidenreich, Roland Kaiser will present his autobiography, “Sonnenseite” (“Sunny Side”) as part of the series of literary events. He looks back on his life while presenting an account of contemporary German history – so it is a book not only for his fans, but for anyone interested in German music, politics and events. post-war Germany. . Ariane Binder, who hosts “Kulturzeit” on 3sat, will host the evening. Tickets are available now on the Theater Gütersloh website and from Gütersloh Marketing GmbH.
Karin Schlautmann, Head of Corporate Communications at Bertelsmann, says: “With around 90 million records sold and almost five decades of experience on stage, Roland Kaiser is one of the big names in the German music industry. His extensive efforts for charity are also noteworthy.We are delighted that Mr. Kaiser has accepted our invitation to present his autobiography, published by Heyne, on the ‘Gütersloh Blue Sofa’. His appearance is sure to delight a wide audience in Gütersloh as elsewhere. With this large-scale event, Bertelsmann once again contributes to cultural diversity and reading pleasure in the region.”
For many years, the international media, service and education group has been involved in a variety of cultural initiatives in Germany and abroad. The Group’s “[email protected]” activities include exhibitions, readings and concerts, the “Blue Sofa” literary format, as well as a commitment to the preservation of Europe’s cultural heritage. “Le Canapé Bleu Gütersloh” is made possible by Bertelsmann as part of its cultural sponsorship activities in the city; the event is organized by the association of patrons of the Theater in Gütersloh eV.
Thorsten Wagner-Conert, President of Theater in Gütersloh eV, explains: “We are delighted that Bertelsmann is continuing the ‘Blue Sofa Gütersloh’ with us as organizers even after the cultural break due to Corona. At Roland Kaiser, we are thrilled to welcome a guest with cross-generational appeal – and who is equally impressive for his clear stance on social issues.”
Roland Kaiser, born Ronald Keiler in 1952, has been celebrated on German stages for almost 50 years. He is considered the successful German pop artist “Schlager”; its fan base spans three generations. Hits like “Santa Maria”, “Joana”, “Dich zu lieben” or “Warum hast du nicht nein gesagt” made him famous; he has sold over 90 million records. The concerts of his annual “Kaisermania” event in Dresden are always sold out within minutes.
The artist supports many charitable initiatives and projects, all closely linked to his biography: Having grown up an orphan himself, he is involved in many institutions for children and socially disadvantaged people. He is a board member of Solidarfonds Stiftung NRW, ambassador of Albert Schweitzer Kinderdörfer und Familienwerke eV, Kinderhospiz Mitteldeutschland and Kinderlachen eV.
After overcoming COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), Roland Kaiser became an ambassador for charitable initiatives with the AtemWeg Foundation, the German Foundation for Organ Transplantation (DSO) / Stiftung Fürs Leben and the Rudolf Pichlmayr Foundation .
This wide-ranging commitment to social causes and his artistic merits have earned Roland Kaiser numerous awards, including the Order of Merit of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Golden Hen for his entire career, the Albert Schweitzer Award from the Works Children’s and Family Villages, the ECHO for Social Commitment, the Federal Cross of Merit with Ribbon, the Dresden State Capital Medal of Honor and the Annemarie Renger Prize.
Sabine Eichhorst (co-author of “Sonnenseite”)
Sabine Eichhorst studied German and sociology, worked for many years as a journalist for various ARD radio programs and won the CIVIS Media Prize and the Herbert Quandt Media Prize for her reporting. She has also been writing books since 1993 and has published, among other things, the SPIEGEL bestseller “Ein Tagwerk Leben – Erinnerungen einer Magd” (Workaday Life – Memoirs of a Maidservant). His most recent non-fiction books are “Der Himmel so weit” (2015; Heaven So Far) and “Der Mann im Wald” (2016; The Man in the Woods), as well as the novel “Die Liebe meines Vaters” (2016; My Father’s Love).
About the book “Sonnenseite. Die Autobiographie”, Heyne publishing house
In “Sonnenseite” (Sunny Side), Roland Kaiser looks back – and tells not only his own life, but also contemporary German history:
Born in Berlin in 1952, he was adopted by his biological mother. Ronald Keiler, as he was known then, grew up with a nurturing mother, a simple and warm woman whose lived values still guide him today: decency, honesty, consistency. He witnessed the construction of the Berlin Wall, heard the speech of Willy Brandt in front of the town hall of Schöneberg in 1961, and that of John F. Kennedy in 1963, with his famous phrase “I am a Berliner” . By chance he was invited to the legendary Hansa recording studio at the age of 21, sang “In the Ghetto” – and immediately got a recording contract. Ronald Keiler became Roland Kaiser. In 1976 he had his first success with “Verde”, and in 1980 his big breakthrough with “Santa Maria”.
In the five decades that have passed since the beginning of his musical career, Roland Kaiser has witnessed the evolution of Germany. And he himself has changed too, of course. In 2000, he was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) – only a transplant saved his life. The fact that this second life also leads to a second career (his duet with Maite Kelly, “Warum hast du nicht nein gesagt” has been viewed more than 130 million times on YouTube and has gone platinum) filled him with gratitude. and humility. He is involved in many foundations and social institutions to give back to society; the importance of solidarity and justice was a lesson he had already learned as a child in Berlin’s Wedding district.
Ariane Binder (moderator)
Ariane Binder studied literature and cultural studies at Humboldt University Berlin and theater studies at the University of Vienna, after which she worked as an intern at SWR. For four years, she was in front of the camera for the show “Landesart”. Since 2006 she has also been editor-in-chief and author of the 3sat magazine “Kulturzeit”. Since September 2018, she has hosted the cultural magazine “Kunscht!”
The event at a glance
The “Gütersloh Blue Sofa” with Roland Kaiser
Monday, May 2, 2022, 7:30 PM
Gütersloh Theater, Auditorium
Barkeystrasse 15, 33330 Gütersloh
Telephone: +49 5241 864 244
Tickets available from March 22, 2022 on www.theater-gt.de and on
Gütersloh Marketing GmbH
Berliner Strasse 63, 33330 Guetersloh
Telephone: +49 5241 211360
Admission: €14 (for Förderverein members: €12)
Bertelsmann is a media, services and education company that operates in approximately 50 countries around the world. It includes entertainment group RTL Group, specialist book publisher Penguin Random House, music company BMG, service provider Arvato, Bertelsmann Printing Group, Bertelsmann Education Group and Bertelsmann Investments, an international network of funds. The company has around 130,000 employees and generated sales of 17.3 billion euros in the 2020 financial year. Bertelsmann stands for creativity and entrepreneurship. This combination promotes first-class multimedia content and innovative service solutions that inspire customers around the world. Bertelsmann aspires to achieve climate neutrality by 2030.
About the blue sofa
The Blue Sofa is the forum for authors organized jointly by Bertelsmann, ZDF, Deutschlandfunk Kultur and 3sat. In more than two decades, it has become an institution at the Frankfurt and Leipzig book fairs. Since the Leipzig Book Fair in 2000, more than 3,100 author talks have taken place on the Blue Sofa – on site and broadcast live or broadcast on TV and radio. In 2005 the Blue Sofa celebrated its premiere in Berlin and in 2011 the Frankfurt Open Books reading festival opened for the first time with a Blue Sofa author gala. To date, guests have included authors of all genres with their latest books, including Nobel Laureates Svetlana Alexievich, Mikhail Gorbachev, Günter Grass, Herta Müller, Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard, Orhan Pamuk, Joseph Stiglitz, Olga Tokarczuk , Mario Vargas Llosa and Mo Yan. The Blue Sofa has also been making regular appearances at Gütersloh since 2017.
About Gütersloh Theater e.V. (Society of Friends of Gütersloh Theater)
Gütersloh Theater eV played a major role in the construction of the new Gütersloh Theater. Since the opening of the theatre, the association and its 400 members have been very active in supporting the Gütersloh theater and its programming, and arousing the enthusiasm of a large audience for this architectural particularity of the German theater landscape. Civic engagement has a direct impact on the program through the Theater of Gütersloh eV
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