There is hardly a place in Germany that does not have its own music festival. These events have a long tradition. Some of the oldest festivals started in the 1920s. But even the newer events have become an integral part of the cultural life of a region.
Many types of music:
Every festival in Germany has its own concept and character. So there are a wide variety of musical styles and cultural offerings. The music genres range from baroque, and classical, to jazz, folk and blues to pop, rock and electronic music.
More than just music:
In addition to concerts, many festivals also offer art and cultural programmes and a selection of interesting food. Theatrical performances, exhibitions, cinema, handicrafts, jewellery stands and food trucks are all regular parts of a festival in Germany.
You can spend the whole day outside at a German festival, listening to music and dancing. When it gets dark, the mood changes though. At many festivals you can see participants who have made their own creations with things like fairy lights and umbrellas. The amount of creativity seems limitless.
All about the Fusion Festival
Would you like to participate at the next Fusion Festival? ’s what you have to know before you attend.
Leaving everyday life behind in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
Fusion has taken place nearly continually once a year since 1997 at the former Russian military airport in Lärz, near Lake Müritz, around 100 kilometres from Berlin. A small world of its own has been created here, far away from the daily life of the city. Around 70,000 people come together for a weekend and transform the old airport into its very own cultural cosmos. Cultural Cosmos is also the name of the association that organizes the happening.
Fusion is a non-commercial festival. Major themes are a tolerant and diverse society, and a cleaner, healthier environment. That’s why only vegetarian and vegan food are offered, and no advertising is permitted on the festival site. Performers and participants come from all over the world.
Culture is part of the mix
In addition to the live music, there is a diverse cultural programme with a cinema, readings and discussions, cabaret and radio plays, as well as theatre and performance art.
Fusion speaks English
Since the fusion draws guests from all over the world, many events are held in English.
Let it rain!
Fusion is an open-air festival, but there are also covered stages. The old hangars of the airport are used and circus tents are set up so that concerts can take place even if the weather does not cooperate.
A comfortable celebration in Sehnde
The SNNTG festival is held in a tram museum near Hanover. To get from one part of the site to the other, you ride in an historic tram. If you’re lucky, might even experience live music in the train.
In past festivals, bands also came from Poland, France and England. The music is varied. One stage is intended for hip-hop, funk and soul, another is for indie, rock and pop. And the third stage features electronic music.
The stages are all outside and sprawl across the museum grounds. You also find old trams and buses that are integrated as decorations and contribute to the unique atmosphere of the festival. There is a hall with exhibitions, installations and space to simply sit and relax. Activities are diverse. You can paint your own bag, play volleyball or enjoy a coffee in the tram café.
The festival planning places great emphasis on promoting culture and working with local partners, including local student unions or with initiatives such as Viva con Agua and Amnesty International.
All about the Immergut Festival
is everything you need to know about the Immergut Festival.
Music, talk and football in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania
„Immergut“ means “always good”, but it sounds like you should experience it at least once in your life! This festival started in 2000 and has taken place mostly on the last weekend of May in Neustrelitz, in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania.
In addition to three music stages, there is also a talk stage where various topics are discussed. Part of the festival is also the traditional Immergutzocken. This is a football tournament on the fields adjacent to the site. Guests compete against teams made up of the festival organizers, the press, and musicians.
A group of volunteers called Immergutrocken e. V. is behind the festival. It was founded by a group of friends from the area to promote the musical diversity in the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. The festival has a family atmosphere and is deliberately limited to a maximum of 5,000 participants.