Culture Calendar: August 2022
TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE
Hello August! It feels like summer is flying by, and this month is picking up even more speed. From music and dance to food and fun fairs, a diverse range of events fill the calendar this month. Plenty of opportunity to make the most of the war.
IMPULSTANZ FESTIVAL, VIENNA (UNTIL 7 AUGUST)
Founded in 1984, ImPulsTanz Vienna International Dance Festival is the biggest of its kind for contemporary dance in Europe, with a very long tradition. It showcases established talent as well as giving a platform for emerging dancers and presents a unique, diverse programme, including performances, workshops, research projects and musical acts.
BREGENZ FESTIVAL, BREGENZ (UNTIL 21 AUGUST)
The legendary theatre festival in front of the incredible backdrop of Lake Bregenz has returned and is an ever-popular destination for theatre fans from all over the world. This year’s programme includes Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly and guests can look forward to some star-studded performances.
CRANGER KIRMES, HERNE (4 – 14 AUGUST)
The traditional fun fair Cranger Kirmes is the largest of its kind in the state of North-Rhine Westphalia. Locals certainly know how to party in the Ruhr area, and they look forward to this event all year. There is a grand opening and a finale with stunning fireworks, but as it’s very popular, be sure to book your ticket in good time.
NATURE ONE FESTIVAL, PYDNA (5 – 7 AUGUST)X
The open-air Nature One Festival seems to become bigger each year. With the Hunsrück as its backdrop, it calls itself ‘the world’s craziest camping site’ and brings the best of the international electronic music scene to the rocket base Pydna.
STREET FOOD MARKET, FREIBURG (6 – 7 AUGUST)
Freiburg’s popular street food market tempts visitors with international culinary delights. It feels like every food truck in Germany gathers here for two days to open up shop. This is the perfect place to sample a great variety of different foods all in one place.
TANZ IM AUGUST, BERLIN (5 – 27 AUGUST)
This is without a doubt one of the most important dance festivals in Europe and it’s finally back after a two-year break. Contemporary dance and experimental choreography are at the heart of this popular festival. The best of the best from all over the world perform here and celebrate innovative dance. Dance fans can look forward to German premieres and various accompanying events.
ZÜRICH OPENAIR, ZURICH (23 – 27 AUGUST)
This one is perfect for all electro, rock and pop music fans. The Zurich Openair is conveniently located right by the airport – so reaching it could not be any easier. This year’s line-up includes David Guetta, Arctic Monkeys, Lewis Capaldi, Martin Garrix, Kygo and many more fabulous acts.
RUHRTRIENNALE, RUHR (11 AUGUST – 18 SEPTEMBER)
This art festival invites contemporary artists to install art around the former industrial buildings of the Ruhr area. From music, dance and theatre, as well as installations and fine arts – this festival presents an eclectic mix of art. It connects art with industrial places and has a very unique vibe throughout.
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