Plato’s famous academy is the name-giver for all its emulators. His pupils were equal, regardless of origin and status. Dissenting voices were not only allowed but encouraged. For a short while, the members lived and studied as a community, taking their meals together and celebrating in each other’s company. Heidelberger Frühling’s Festival takes its cue from Plato. In the middle of the festival, chamber musicians, singers, composers and music journalists do precisely the same thing, playing, listening, debating, eating and celebrating together, amongst themselves, before and with their audiences. Singers work with chamber musicians, composers discuss their works with the performers and the first people to hear them. In exchanges with composers, young journalists learn something about creative preconditions, composers find out about the standards upheld by music critics. From this they all emerge somewhat the wiser, many of them as (new) friends.