«The degeneration of rugs happened when people wouldn’t sit for three months like an idiot ten hours a day, you see, they started to use synthetic dyes, – well, they started to value their time, that’s when the rug world disappeared. » As collector of old Anatolian nomadic rugs, Morton Feldman found the development of a sense of time in the 19th century not to be an improvement, rather a loss. Faced with a frenzy of saving time and gaining time in the 21st century, if one found a moment at all to reflect, one might well agree with Feldman, never mind the rugs. Nothing could be better suited to a search for the lost art of slowness than music – from Feldman’s six-hour String Quartet N° 2 to Mahler’s Adagietto, from Ferneyhough’s Time and Motion Study for cello to Messiaen’s Praise to the Eternity of Jesus, von Hauer’s hypnotic Twelve-tone Pieces to minimal music’s endless loops, from love songs to a walk-in adagio. For four days and nights in the middle of the hectic pre-Christmas season, the festival rainy days 2013 offers you unexpected islands of tranquility: eight hours in the Neumünster Abbey, during which ‹everlasting› musical moments invite you to tarry as long as you like, the «Arditti String Quartet Marathon» (in cooperation with Slow Food Luxembourg) and a luscious «best of» slow orchestra music with the OPL. You don’t have time? Recover it at the rainy days festival.