A festival for EVERYONE Programmes for persons with disabilities
The Festive Weekend will become an unforgettable experience for thousands of people. Those with disabilities will also be enabled to celebrate on the Elbe meadows.
The way to the meadow
- St John’s Ambulance (Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe) offers cost-free travel and accompaniment service to a limited number of people in a wheel-chair or with serious walking difficulties. Kirchentag on the Way participants in Leipzig and the Kirchentag in Berlin are eligible for this. Those interested should sign up with the Reformation anniversary 2017 (r2017) association or the Berlin Kirchentag.
- Participants with restricted mobility arriving with their own car or van will park at a marked parking area in Pratau, a suburb of Wittenberg. On Sunday there will be a limited number of vehicles from the special transport service available for people with disabilities at the Pratau/Deich access.
- Participants with a mobility restriction arriving by coach are asked to state this when registering.
- In the shuttle trains the number of places for people in wheelchairs is limited. It is therefore necessary to reserve a place via the mobility centre of Deutsche Bahn (6:00 – 22:00).
- Participants with a serious disability ID and coupons can use the shuttle trains to Lutherstadt Wittenberg free of charge. At the mobility centre you can register, as necessary, for assistance in alighting or descending at Berlin-Südkreuz, at the train stations of the Kirchentag-on-the-Way cities and in Wittenberg.
- The participants arriving at Wittenberg main station (Hauptbahnhof) can reach the festive meadow on foot. It will take about an hour but is not always on level ground. Due to the slopes, wheelchair drivers may need support. From Pratau railway station the journey will take about 45 minutes. Volunteers will accompany participants to the festive meadow, as needed, where there will be firm boards leading to the seating area.
At the meadow
- At the Festive Meadow there will be a seating area and space for people in wheelchairs and those who cannot stand for long, due to physical restrictions or their age. Numbered tickets may be ordered in advance from r2017.org and from the Kirchentag. You will be sent these tickets before the event. Reserved seats can also be collected at information stands in the Kirchentag-on-the-Way cities, and from the Accessible Kirchentag Centre (Zentrum Kirchentag Barrierefrei) in Berlin. Remaining places will be distributed on Sunday at the Festive Meadow at the entry to the seating area.
- Besides induction loops in the seating area there will be interpretation into German sign language and subtitling on all LED screens at the meadow.
- At the meadow there will be disabled toilets and a care toilet with the offer of assistance.