Paint on Walls-Festival Geldern 2021, Studio Yasja, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Spe­cial Plan­ets

New­comers and secret ad­vice

Augmented-reality festivals, Tolkien days, or live art performance in the world’s largest sidewalk gallery: NRW has some real surprises in store even for event experts and travelling pros. The overview presents some secret advice. Some events are phantastic, some athletic, but all of them are extremely creative and will be entertaining for any visitor.

Vir­tu­al art in (inter)ac­tion

If you feel like try­ing out new trends and dis­cov­er­ing pieces of art on screen that are in­vis­ible to the na­ked eye in the real world, you will find what you’re look­ing for at vari­ous vir­tu­al fest­ivals in North Rhine-West­phalia.

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Tolki­en Days in Geld­ern

The Tolki­en Days in Geld­ern are Europe’s biggest fan meet­ing around J. R. R. Tol-kien’s works, like “The Lord of the Rings” or “The Hob­bit”. Vis­it­ors can learn more about the fam­ous writer’s in­flu­ence and live-ac­tion role-play­ing.

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Street Art is con­quer­ing North Rhine-West­phalia

Artists from the street-art scene per­ceive facades as the faces of pub­lic space: dull and grey, they will spread a bad mood un­til art comes in to make squares, res-iden­tial blocks, or streets more col­our­ful and lively, in­vit­ing people to look and lin-ger. North Rhine-West­phalia has a num­ber of im­port­ant fest­ivals to im­prove the im­age of urb­an centres. Fans of cul­ture will find an in­tro­duc­tion to some of the most renowned events be­low, some of them draw­ing at­ten­tion in large met­ro­pol­is-es while oth­ers take place in smal­ler towns.

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Gravel Games in the Ruhr area

Try­ing out, test-rid­ing, and maybe even win­ning a race – the cyc­ling event at the Ewald col­li­ery in Her­ten of­fers many an op­por­tun­ity for every­one who likes to get in the saddle and en­joys a chal­lenge.

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The final fireworks are part of the Extraschicht. One takes place at the Henrichshütte, © Ruhr Tourismus, Kreklau

Events: The Great Stars

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Ferris wheel in front of the St. Petri Church in Soest, © Roland Jung

Events: Our Star­lets

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