Music festivals

The number of music festivals and festivals offering music as part of their programmes in Germany is enormous. There are public festivals, publicly-funded non-profit festivals and privately-run festivals in every musical genre. There are one-day to several-week festival formats, indoor and outdoor festivals, events taking place at one or several venues, with one or more stages, unique festivals organised to mark special occasions and annual, biennial and triennial festivals as well as festivals that take place at irregular intervals. In addition to the musical varieties of a musical genre, festivals have often also developed a separate profile. The following are just a few examples:

  • themed festivals dedicated to a motto that changes annually
  • spiritual music festivals – Festival Musica S. Paderborn, Yiddish Summer Weimar etc.
  • festivals dedicated to local music traditions – Oberammergau Passion Play, Cologne Carnival etc.
  • festivals dedicated to composers – Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Offenbach etc.
  • festivals involving performances at certain locations – Mittelrhein Music Festival, Rock am Ring at the Nürburgring race track etc.
  • community festivals – Afrika, Newroz, Reggae, Irish Folk festivals etc.

Further information on festivals can be found here:
MIZ themed portal "Festivals" for publicly sponsored festivals

Online festival guides for all types of music festivals

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