Culture Calendar: September 2023
TEXT: MARILENA STRACKE
Hello September! We might be coming to the end of summer but that doesn’t mean there is nothing to do, far from it. From the legendary Oktoberfest in Munich to film festivals, wine events and stage plays – take your pick.
FESTIVAL OF GERMAN FILM, LUDWIGSHAFEN AM RHEIN (23 AUGUST – 10 SEPTEMBER)
This is one of Germany’s biggest film festivals held on a lovely little island. It celebrates the absolute top of German filmmaking and many celebrities and new talent will be mingling with film buffs from across the globe.
STUTTGARTER WEINDORF, STUTTGART (30 AUGUST – 10 SEPTEMBER)
The Stuttgarter Weindorf wine festival features nearly 300 wines to sample and has been a successful stable in the event calendar for over 45 years with many surrounding restaurants participating. It is a must for any wine connoisseurs and a lovely treat for the foodies among us.
HEIRESS, BERLIN (1, 2 & 3 SEPTEMBER)
The play HEIRESS is the first post-pandemic stage production by LRP Berlin. HEIRESS is a tale of female empowerment based on the Henry James novel “Washington Square” and its stage adaptation by R&A Goetz. It promises to be a very exciting production not to be missed.
GENUSSMEILE, VIENNA WOODS (2-3 AND 9-10 SEPTEMBER)
Affectionately called the ‘longest bar’, this festival measures a stunning ten kilometres along Vienna’s waterline hiking path between Mödling and Bad Vöslau. Around 80 vintners from the region offer a diverse range of tasty treats. The German word ‘Genussmeile’ translates to ‘mile of indulgence’, a fitting name for these two special weekends filled with delicious food.
WAVES VIENNA, VIENNA (7 – 9 SEPTEMBER)
Held in and around Vienna’s 9th district, this club- and showcase festival attracts over 15,000 music fans each year. Since 2022, it follows its new motto “East meets West: Diversity”, which is reflected in the range of music from international as well as local alternative, electronic, rock, and club acts. Lectures, panels and workshops encourage Pan-European collaborations and draw attention to the importance of Europe.
RHINE IN FLAMMEN, OBERWESEL (9 SEPTEMBER)
The “Rhein in flames” is an iconic event with fireworks illuminating the beautiful river Rhine. Around 50 decorated ships go from St Goar to Oberwesel in the dark along the fascinating backdrop of the Loreley cliff – painted in red with light. A grand spectacle across the board.
BERLIN ART WEEK, BERLIN (13 – 17 SEPTEMBER)
Discover Berlin’s thriving art scene with galleries, discussions and openings showcasing the city’s best contemporary art. This event is only held once a year and brings an eclectic mix of artists together – with over 50 museums, galleries, fairs and private collectors participating.
OKTOBERFEST, MUNICH (16 SEPTEMBER – 3 OCTOBER)
Do you have your Dirndl and Lederhosen ready? Exactly! It’s that time of the year again. For the 118th time, the Oktoberfest is opening its gates to the international community of beer lovers. The city’s infamous and beloved ‘Wiesn’ become the backdrop for a true celebration of the quintessentially German pretzels and beer. Raise your glass and say ‘Prost’!
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