Former war ship to host arts events in Wood Wharf

By Beth Allcock on February 20, 2013 3:35 PM |


A German ship currently moored in Wood Wharf has swapped its wartime history for a future filled with arts, music and events.

The MS Stubnitz, an 80 metre long fully-functioning vessel which played its part in the Cold War, will remain at its temporary home until May.


During that time, an exhibition of 12 performing machines from The Cabaret of Mechanical Theatre will delight crowds with workshops on-deck, as well as explosive exploits from the Midnight Circus and an interactive, black comedy The Apocalypse Gameshow.

The acts, with a host of others to be confirmed, will be following on from artists including metal band Rammstein, who previously found their sea legs to perform on the nautical stage.

Charity Motorschiff Stubnitz E.V took over the vessel - one of the oldest seagoing ships of her tonnage - and re-purposed the cargo holds to create performance venues for art and culture 20 years ago.

Since then, it has toured 10 countries in northern Europe and visited 20 different harbours, clocking up audience figures of more than 570,000.

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