T he 27. Samba festival was in a way also a premiere: for the first time christof pilarzyk was no longer part of the organizing team. The co-founder withdrew for health reasons and was not even present at the 2018 festival. "I couldn't handle it, it's all still too emotional", he had already explained in advance. While he had therefore fled to lower bavaria for the weekend, the sole responsibility now rested on rolf beyersdorf.
Beyersdorf takes it easy
He took everything very casually as usual. "We are a rough samba team", beyersdorf said and meant with that: we are a rough samba family that sticks together and always finds a solution when problems arise. No sooner said than done: on samba saturday there was a lot of excitement. The members of the colombian group aainjaa were angry and planned to leave early. What had happened? "They didn't know that they would need sleeping mats and sleeping bags to spend the night in one of our school quarters", tells rolf beyersdorf. And they did not have anything like that with them. But without these utensils, sleep is out of the question, so the sudamerican sambistas looked for a hotel – far away from coburg, and with the idea of going home on saturday anyway. "That was a communication problem, says rolf beyersdorf. When the organizers heard about the problem, the strong members of the "samba family" immediately took action a. "We were able to organize tens of covers and documents through the red cross", rolf beyersdorf "just one call is enough, and that's what i've come to love about samba in coburg: so many people help to make the festival a success." In the concrete case this meant: the colombians moved into their quarters in a school on saturday with the help of the red cross utensils – and already in the afternoon they had an acclaimed performance at the festival.
Julia prillwitz also had a problem on saturday. The 42-year-old brazilian, who caused a furor with her book about her life as a transsexual woman, came to the festival spontaneously. But where should she sleep? It's a good thing that the landhotel steiner in grobheirath also belongs to the samba family. There julia prillwitz could still be accommodated.