The Ruhr, Germany’s former industrial heartland, is a cultural kind of place. It’s the Cultural Capital of Europe 2010, and in fact, even its motorways are culturally inclined. In celebration of its cultural contributions, Germans have been throwing a party on the autobahn. The recent Still-Life event was held on one of the busiest stretches of the country’s famous autobahn network. Three million people turned up for a giant banquet at picnic tables along 60km of motorway between Duisburg and Dortmund. (Thanks, Em.)
A radio traffic report quipped that the A40/B1 had been closed due to ‘the longest table in the world’. Party organisers said they had given away 20,000 tables to allow people to eat, drink, dance and perform plays into Sunday evening.