Summer is finally here! Long evenings and warm weather are the perfect setting for concerts, outdoor theatre performances and festivals of any kind. Bring it on, June!

Culture Calendar: June 2022

Storytelling Festival, Schauspielhaus Stage. Photo: Pfusterschmid

Storytelling Festival, Graz and Vienna (1 – 19 June 2022)

This year, Folke Tegetthoff’s International Storytelling Festival returns and celebrates its 35th anniversary with lots of storytelling magic. With 80 events across seven cities including Graz and Vienna, this is a truly unique festival throughout and not to be missed.

Culture Calendar: June 2022

Storytelling Festival, Fabien Kachev. Photo: WoW

Sommerszene, Salzburg (9 – 24 June)

The annual Sommerszene Festival turns Salzburg into an absolute hotspot for contemporary performance art for two weeks in June. The home city of musical genius Mozart welcomes artists and visitors from all over the world and is known for presenting powerful, avant-garde, discursive and political dance performances.

Culture Calendar: June 2022

Hungry Sharks, BÉTON BRUT, Sommerszene. Photo: Kilian Kovacs

blues’n’jazz, Rapperswil-Jona (10 – 12 June)

Guests of this special open-air festival can look forward to stellar performances by international artists and local acts alie. The spectacular backdrop of Lake Zurich gives it a very unique vibe. Stroll along the lakeside promenade, indulge in culinary treats at the market stalls and enjoy the fantastic music under the stars.

Ballet for everyone, Zurich (11 June)

Every year, Zurich’s famous opera house broadcasts a ballet performance live to an open-air stage on the city’s beloved plaza Sechseläutenplatz, free of charge. Over 10,000 people are expected to come and enjoy the timeless ballet classic Sleeping Beauty choreographed and directed by Christian Spuck. Get your picnic and bubbly at the ready.

Zurich Pride Festival (17 – 18 June)

This important, vibrant event finally returns after three years away. It’s not only a great street party but it also peacefully raises awareness and promotes LGBT+ rights. Initially, the festival started as Zurich’s Christopher Street Day, but it turned into Zurich Pride Festival in 2009. Each year, it brings thousands of friends and supporters to the city in order to celebrate Zurich’s LGBT+ community.

Culture Calendar: June 2022

Fête de la Musique. Photo: Jim Kroft

Fête de la Musique, Berlin (21 June)

Fête de la Musique is a free European music festival, which takes place in over 300 cities worldwide. This year marks its 40th anniversary and promises to be an extra special street party – with a focus on being an environmentally friendly event. Musicians, bands, orchestras, DJs and choirs of all kinds fill the streets of Germany’s capital and celebrate the official start of the summer on the longest day of the year.

Culture Calendar: June 2022

Fête de la Musique. Photo: Jim Kroft

Culture Calendar: June 2022

Donauinsel Festival 2021. Photo: Manuel Domnanovich

Donauinselfest, Danube Island, Vienna (24– 26 June)

The legendary music festival Donauinselfest turns the Danube Island into Vienna’s largest open-air stage once again. It is free of charge and attracts tens of thousands of music enthusiasts to this picturesque setting by the river each year.

Culture Calendar: June 2022

Donauinselfest. Photo: Alexander Müller

48 Hours Neukölln, Berlin (24 – 26 June)

This art festival has been running since 1999 and takes place in Berlin’s district of Neukölln. During these exciting 48 hours, various cultural institutions and associations show the artistic potential of this diverse neighbourhood and fully bring its arty side to life. The event continues to prove that there is so much more to Neukölln than one might expect.

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