Oktoberfest - ein Fest der Landeshauptstadt München
Photo: Anette Göttlicher

Roland Hefter and Dieter Hanitzsch's mug made 50.000 Euro for artists

"Koa-Wiesn" mug 2021: revenues will support the Munich musicians

(September 6th, 2021) 1000 “Koa-Wiesn“ mugs were sold - the revenues will support the musicians and artists who suffered from the second Oktoberfest cancellation in 2021. City councilor and musician Roland Hefter had the idea, caricaturist Dieter Hanitzsch created the drawing. What Wiesn musicians and Wiesn boss Clemens Baumgärtner said at the check presentation and what the prospects are for 2022.

Video: 50.000 Euro for the Oktoberfest musicians

Fundraising campaign to support musicians and bands

Special times call for special actions! After 27,700 euros in proceeds went to the Munich showmen and market merchants last year, the surplus of the sales proceeds of the Koa-Wiesn-Krug 2021 will benefit the musicians and bands who would have played at the Wiesn 2021 without the pandemic.

In 2020, singer-songwriter and Munich City Councilor Roland Hefter had the idea of using the alternative Wiesn collector's mug to support those who would have no income with the cancellation of the Wiesn. The campaign was a huge success and the mug very popular – there had to be a new edition of the Koa-Wiesn mug. Even more donations were collected.

Koa-Wiesn mug 2021 • Photo: Michaela Mühlbauer

Brass musicians, Aloisius, Bavaria and Lederhosn as caricatures

Not only did the idea fail, but also the design. In 2021 the "Koa Wiesn" mug will again be adorned with drawings and caricatures by the well-known draftsman and caricaturist Dieter Hanitzsch, who this time brings a Wiesn musician and his instrument with a wink in connection with the failure of the Oktoberfest. “I would not like to make a third mug,” says the artist.

Andreas Greipl, Clemens Baumgärtner, Michi Högl, Jürgen Kirner and Roland Hefter • Photo: Anette Göttlicher

"A fantastic gesture!“

Above the rooftops of Munich, the 50,000 euros were handed over to the artists as a symbolic check by Andreas Greipl, the operator of the Bavariashop, where you can buy the Koa-Wiesn-Krug, Roland Hefter and Wiesn boss Clemens Baumgärtner.

Representing musicians and artists, Michi Högl from the Högl Fun Band, known from the wine tent, and folk singer Jürgen Kirner accepted the check - the 50,000 euros will be divided fairly among their colleagues.

"It is important for us as a city to stand shoulder to shoulder with the Oktoberfest artists," emphasized Economic Officer Clemens Baumgärtner, "and we as the city administration want to ensure that the Wiesn takes place again in 2022 and that there is no need for a third Koa-Wiesn-Krug!"