The "Ali Baba Spieleclub", a private Nuremberg games club, is unique in all of Germany: "With over 800 members, we are the largest games club of its kind in Germany. With regional associations in Nuremberg, Regensburg, Ingolstadt, Cologne, Berlin, Stuttgart, Bamberg, Chemnitz and Erlangen as well as in the Hunsrück region, we deliberately operate nationwide so as to carry the idea of games and playing as far and wide as possible," explains Christian Wallisch, founder and president of Ali Baba since 1991. The club enjoys broad public support in the town, regularly receives funding from the Spielwarenmesse, is allowed to organise its game evenings (Mondays and Fridays) in the historic Pellerhaus and use the rooms rent-free. With Nuremberg's application to become the European Capital of Culture in 2025, or N2025 for short, the association has gained further significance: play is one of the main features of the city's application book and the club makes numerous contributions towards that aspect. "Culture is not an end in itself," says Karin Falkenberg from the Toy Museum. "Culture provides answers to the question of 'What is a human being?' – and play is the driving force behind it from the beginning of history. All of nature, all of life functions playfully."
About the author
Peter Budig studied Protestant theology, history and political science. He worked as a freelance journalist, headed up the editorial department of a large advertising paper in Nuremberg for ten years and was the editor of Nuremberg’s Abendzeitung newspaper. He has been freelancing again since 2014 as a journalist, book author and copywriter. Storytelling is absolutely his favourite form.
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