Golden Oldies Festival in Wettenberg
The Golden Oldies Festival in Wettenberg has developed into an annual extravaganza of everything from the 1950s to 1970s. The festival attracts more than 70,000 visitors, 52 musical groups (rock, soul and pop), and over 100 nostalgia exhibitors, selling everything from records, clothing and more. The festival also features an oldtimer car parade, as well as a petticoat competition. The festival usually takes place at the end of July.
The classical music concerts in the Weilburg Castle mark one of the highpoints of Hessen's cultural summer. The series of around 40 concerts are performed from June through August in the opulent and extremely acoustic renaissance hall of the Weilburg Castle, in its church and in the conservatory. The patron of the concert series has traditionally been the Grand Duke Jean of Luxemburg, the great grandson of the last Duke of Nassau, in whose castle the concerts are performed.
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Every year from June to September, Mittelhessen hosts Kultursommer Mittelhessen, a cultural festival as diverse as the region itself. In 35 different locations, more than 100 cultural events take place - ranging from jazz concerts, pop music, varieté, theater, children's events and much more. The cultural festival attracts both international, national and regional artists. It also features a Kultursommer-Card which costs 30 euros and includes a 50% discount on all events.
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This is how chamber music was meant to be performed - in the Prince's Hall at the Marburg Castle. Every year from June to October, a non-profit association organizes a series of mostly classical music in this spectacular setting. Many historic events took place in the Prince's Hall, including the Colloquy of Marburg in 1529, a meeting of leading church reformers, including Martin Luther. For more information about concert dates, consult the website www.marburgermusikfreunde.de.
Launched in 1953, the Wetzlarer Festspiele present a diverse range of performances, including ballet, musicals, jazz, pop music, readings and children's programs during June and July. The largest of the three open-air venues is the historic Rosengärtchen, which is located along the old city wall and seats 950. Other performances take place at the historic Lottehof in the old city and in the medieval Hofgut Hermannstein.
Gießener Meisterkonzerte e.V., a non-profit volunteer organization, stages an annual series of chamber orchestra concerts in the Gießen city hall. Each year, six concerts are organized featuring well-known musicians.
Summer Concerts at the Schiffenberg
As part of the "Musical Summer" at the Cloister Schiffenberg, more than 70 different events are organized between May and September. The range of musical performances include brass bands, swing, pop, rock and country music ... all staged in the spectacular setting of the partially restored 12th century cloister.
3 Days in Marburg (3TM)
The second weekend in July is traditionally reserved for the largest city festival in Marburg. The event features a carnival, local cuisine, artists, sporting events, a dragon boot race on the Lahn, market stands, exhibitions, music and much more. All of these activities are spread out throughout the city: on the banks of the Lahn River, in the historic city center and at the castle.
This week-long festival of contemporary dances takes place in May and attracts a wide variety of German and European dance ensembles. The artistic director of Gießen's dance company, Tarek Assam, has developed the festival into a platform for lively performances but also for artistic networking and exchange.
City Festival Gießen
The Gießen City Festival is one of the major events in Mittelhessen and has been organized since 1985. Always held on the third weekend in August, Gießen is transformed into an open-air concert venue and attracts thousands of visitors. Stages are set up throughout the city and the free concerts offer something for every musical taste.