If you want to proactively form the future, you need ideas and concrete drafts. Most future designs are primarily made for the present, because their developers are locked up in the present. The »LAB« is the place where visions get packed and brought onto the stage. The »LAB« is the place of innovation, of the alternative, of daring, of courage. Excellent cultural actors – from directors to scientists to media artists, not only from the music sector, but also from spoken theatre and the fine arts – come together in a time-out. They process their experiences there, discuss them, even heatedly, in order to capture a common vision for the world of tomorrow. The “LAB” is the festival’s research and development department. The visions achieved are tackled and implemented. For the audience in Heidelberg and elsewhere. For the future. For a better world that music and other arts have conjured up.