Zeltstadt KulturPur in Hilchenbach-Lützel, © KulturBüro! Siegen-Wittgenstein

Fest­iv­al sum­mer 2019

Hear, see, dance and be amazed

From a former smelt­ing works to the middle of a forest and an is­land: many fest­ivals in NRW take place against an un­usu­al back­drop.

The fest­iv­al sea­son has be­gun! In NRW, this means high­lights for mu­sic fans, art and cul­ture lov­ers and any­one who likes to laugh.


Rock, pop, reg­gae and elec­tron­ic beats

Traumzeit Fest­iv­al, Duis­burg

Where steel was once smelted is now a loc­a­tion where bands work the crowds at the Traumzeit Fest­iv­al. From 14 to 16 June 2019, in the Duis­burg Nord land­scape park, a former smelt­ing works, the stage will host bands such as Frank Turn­er & The Sleep­ing Souls, Met­ro­nomy or Kettcar. The pro­gramme in­cludes sound, light and video pro­jec­tions.

Sum­mer­jam-Fest­iv­al, Köln

The really spe­cial fea­ture here is the event loc­a­tion. Here, mu­sic is played on an is­land, sur­roun­ded by an ar­ti­fi­cial lake. The reg­gae fest­iv­al on the Füh­linger See lake brings a Carib­bean feel­ing to Co­logne from 5 to 7 Ju­ly 2019. The stars in­clude Buju Ban­ton, Cypress Hill or Jimmy Cliff.

Ruhr Reg­gae Sum­mer, Dortmund and Mül­heim

Three days of love, peace and mu­sic - that?s the motto of the Ruhr Reg­gae Sum­mer Fest­iv­al in the Ruhr re­gion. From 20 to 22 June 2019, great names from reg­gae such as In­ner Circle or Chronixx will play in the Re­vi­er­park Wis­chlin­gen in Dortmund. From 19 to 21 Ju­ly 2019, the party con­tin­ues in Mül­heim an der Ruhr. Here, the reg­gae fest­iv­al is already le­gendary.

Vain­stream Rock­fest, Mün­ster

On 29 June 2019, rock fans make the pil­grim­age to Mün­ster, in the Mün­ster­land re­gion, where they can party to artists such as Drop­kick Murphys, Donots or Flog­ging Molly, as well as oth­er met­al, punk and hard­core bands.

Open Source Fest­iv­al, Düs­sel­dorf

In the middle of the forest, at the Düs­sel­dorf race­course, you can hear beats and bass in­stead of hoof­beats on 13 Ju­ly 2019. At the Open Source Fest­iv­al, per­formers in­clude Sohn, Faber and Talib Kweli.

Parookaville, Weeze

The elec­tron­ic mu­sic fest­iv­al with a dif­fer­ence. The site has a dir­ect air­port con­nec­tion, since it is just a few hun­dred meters away from the take-off and land­ing run­way at Düs­sel­dorf-Weeze air­port. Here, entry tick­ets are called ?Visas?, and vis­it­ors be­come cit­izens of Parookaville, which has been brought to life once a year since it was premièred in 2015. This year, the fest­iv­al, which will start top DJs such as Armin van Buuren, Fe­lix Jaehn and Robin Schulz, will be held from 19 to 21 Ju­ly.

Bo­chum total

From 4 to 7 Ju­ly 2019, Bo­chum city centre will again be turned in­to the ul­ti­mate fest­iv­al site. For four days, a free open-air pro­gramme is offered, with more than 100 bands and artists - from re­gion­al new­comers to top acts.

Fant­astiv­al, Dinslaken

A theatre in a me­di­ev­al castle with old trees gives this fest­iv­al its par­tic­u­lar charm. From 4 to 16 Ju­ly 2019, the fest­iv­al will host artists from the field of cab­aret, com­edy, theatre, clas­sic­al mu­sic, jazz, mu­sic­als and rock and pop, in­clud­ing Tom Jones and Sasha.

Juicy Beats Fest­iv­al, Dortmund

Well-known bands such as Annen­MayKantereit, Trettmann or Quer­beat will be among the head­liners at the Dortmun­der West­falen­park on 26 and 27 Ju­ly 2019. Fest­ival­go­ers who want to stay overnight on the former fed­er­al hor­ti­cul­tur­al show site are offered a spe­cial ser­vice. On the camp­site, tents are provided for up to four people which have already been put up and equipped.

Haldern Pop Fest­iv­al

Since 1984, the ground in the Lower Rhine re­gion has shaken to the sounds of the ?Haldern Pop? fest­iv­al in Rees-Haldern. The spe­cial fea­ture at this fest­iv­al is that here, mu­si­cians per­form who are (still) un­known, who of­ten later be­come ma­jor stars. Former new­comers have in­cluded Muse, Mum­ford & Sons and Kings Of Le­on, who at that time were still only part of the af­ter­noon pro­gramme. This year, too, the fest­iv­al line-up will in­clude mainly less well-known bands and sing­er-song­writers, from 8 to 10 Au­gust 2019.

c/o pop Fest­iv­al, Köln

From 1 to 5 May 2019, over 80 bands, artists and DJs will ap­pear on 30 stages and in clubs in Co­logne. Its tra­di­tion as a ?dis­cover­er fest­iv­al? for up­com­ing new artists will be con­tin­ued. On Sat­urday and Sunday, young artists will per­form at the c/o ehren­feld, with free entry shows on stages, in shops and in bars.

Zelt­fest­iv­al Ruhr, Bo­chum

In the tent city on the Kem­nader See lake, well-known mu­si­cians and word artists al­tern­ate on the pro­gramme from 16 Au­gust to 1 Septem­ber 2019, in­clud­ing Samy De­luxe and Kai Mag­nus Sting. There are also theatre per­form­ances for chil­dren. In the out­door ven­ue of the white tent city, there is an in­ter­na­tion­al design and crafts mar­ket.

Ruhr in Love, Ober­hausen

The or­gan­isers of the Ruhr in Love fest­iv­al prom­ise a per­fect day out in a green en­vir­on­ment. The Ober­hausen Ol­ga­Park cer­tainly is green, and when fam­ous DJs and young up­com­ing stars play everything from shuffle to rave, jump­style, House, techno and hardtrance on 6 Ju­ly 2019, the park shakes to the dan­cing crowd.


Clas­sic­al mu­sic, art and theatre

Theat­er­fest­iv­al Im­pulse, Düs­sel­dorf, Köln, Mül­heim a.d. Ruhr

This fest­iv­al of­fers out­stand­ing Ger­man-lan­guage open-air theatre from 13 to 23 June 2019 at the main Düs­sel­dorf ven­ue and in the part­ner cit­ies of Co­logne and Mül­heim a.d. Ruhr. The works per­formed take a doc­u­ment­ary, ana­lyt­ic­al, con­cep­tu­ally clear, po­et­ic­al look at present-day events. The pur­pose of the fest­iv­al is to  of­fer aes­thet­ic al­tern­at­ives and us­ing theatre as a me­di­um to test, ex­pand and ques­tion them.

Schlosskonzerte (Palace con­certs), Brühl

One of the most un­usu­al con­cert halls in Ger­many, the Grand Stair­case in the UN­ESCO World Her­it­age Site in Au­gus­tus­burg palace in Brühl, is the ven­ue for the Brühl palace con­certs every sum­mer. From 11 May 2019 to 16 Feb­ru­ary 2020, the pro­gramme in­cludes nu­mer­ous events, such as the Haydn Fest­iv­al from 16 to 24 Au­gust.


Mu­sic, dance, theatre, per­form­ance and art in the former in­dus­tri­al halls of the Ruhr re­gion form the pro­gramme of the Ruhrtri­en­nale from 21 Au­gust to 29 Septem­ber 2019. The ven­ues are former power sta­tions, cok­ing plants, blow­ing en­gine rooms, ma­chine build­ings and coal mix­ing plants, as well as rubble heaps and waste­land on former min­ing and steel­works sites.

Beeth­oven­fest Bonn

The clas­sic­al mu­sic Beeth­oven­fest fest­iv­al in Bonn has ?Moon­shine? as its theme this year, from 6 to 29 Septem­ber 2019.


What else?


This is a night where in­dus­tri­al cul­ture comes alive. On 29 June 2019, around 2,000 artists will use fur­naces, gas­o­met­ers and col­lier­ies at 46 ven­ues in 21 towns and cit­ies in the Ruhr re­gion as stages for shows, per­form­ances, con­certs and acts in­volving audi­ence par­ti­cip­a­tion. The Ex­traS­chicht of­fers guided tours through the his­tor­ic­al build­ings, with sev­er­al art ex­hib­i­tions, as well as live mu­sic and a ma­jor laser show.

Al­ten­ber­ger Kul­tursom­mer, Odenth­al

Ar­chi­tec­tur­al gems and the great Al­ten­ber­ger Dom cathed­ral, which looks out over the green land­scape of the Ber­gisches Land re­gion in Odenth­al of­fer ven­ues for the Al­ten­ber­ger Kul­tursom­mer. From 16 June to 28 Septem­ber 2019, nine con­certs and fest­ivals will of­fer cham­ber mu­sic, jazz and church mu­sic. The open­ing and fi­nal con­certs will be held in the Al­ten­ber­ger Dom cathed­ral.

Park­lichter, Bad Oeyn­hausen

Lights out, spot on! From 2 to 4 Au­gust 2019, open-air con­certs will be held with Ger­man new­comers, ex­tra­vag­ant light shows and an im­press­ive fire­works dis­play in the spa park in Bad Oeyn­hausen. The well-known mu­sic­al acts in­clude Win­cent Weiss, who will per­form at a con­cert on Fri­day. On Sat­urday, oth­er artists will per­form at the Park­lichter (or ?park lights?) fest­iv­al, while Sunday is fam­ily day, with jug­glers, a range of dif­fer­ent games and chil­dren?s make-up artists.

Licht­fest­iv­al, Schloss Dyck

The Parknächte Licht­fest­iv­al in Schloss Dyck palace in Jüchen, prom­ises a dream­like ex­per­i­ence. From 12 to 15 Septem­ber 2019 the wa­ter palace on the Lower Rhine in­vites vis­it­ors to enter its il­lu­min­ated Eng­lish land­scape garden. A cho­reo­graphed light dis­play with speech and mu­sic is on of­fer, and from 8pm to 12 mid­night, vis­it­ors can ex­per­i­ence a com­pos­i­tion of light, sounds and col­ours.

Com­edy Arts Fest­iv­al Mo­ers

The Com­edy Arts Fest­iv­al is Ger­many?s old­est and in­ter­na­tion­ally most highly-re­spec­ted com­edy arts fest­iv­al. Like al­most no oth­er fest­iv­al of its kind, it is a hit among the audi­ence while also of­fer­ing high artist­ic qual­ity. From 12 to 15 Septem­ber 2019, comedi­ans, per­form­ance artists, mu­si­cians and cab­aret artists aim to achieve one thing above all else: to make the audi­ence laugh. In front of the hall, there is plenty go­ing on along the ?Boulevard of At­trac­tions?.


Images and videos

Be inspired: images of your NRW

Jahrhunderthalle bei der Extraschicht, © Extraschicht / Ruhr Tourismus GmbH / Nielinger
Zeltstadt KulturPur in Hilchenbach-Lützel, © KulturBüro! Siegen-Wittgenstein
Sonnenuntergang bei Rock am Ring, © Tourismus NRW e.V.
Ansicht auf die Bühne bei den Juicy Beats, © H&H Photographics
Atmosphäre bei den Juicy Beats, © H&H Photographics

More events in NRW

Dom, Rhein und Hohenzollernbrücke im Schein der Kölner Lichter, © Dieter Jacobi / Köln Tourismus

Co­logne lights

Aufführung von japanischen Kindern, © Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourismus GmbH

Ja­pan Day in Düs­sel­dorf

Lichtaufnahmen von einen Karussell, © Stadtmarketing Herne GmbH

Crange Fair in Herne

Karusselfahrt im Dunkeln, © Tourismus & Congress GmbH Region Bonn/Rhein-Sieg/Ahrweiler

Pützchens Markt in Bonn

Haaner Kirmes am Abend, © guentherweber.gmxhome.de

Haan Fair

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Rheinradweg NRW, © Tourismus NRW e.V., Ralph Sondermann

Ex­cur­sions on the Rhine

Eifelblick Eugenienstein , © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Nature Fans

Das Restaurant "Glück und Seligkeit" in Bielefeld ist in einer früheren Kirche untergebracht., © glückundseligkeit.de

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