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Press Release: Heidelberg Event Highlights 2020

Press Release: Heidelberg Event Highlights 2020
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Heidelberg Event Highlights 2020

In 2020, Heidelberg will once again have a full calendar of events to offer

Culture is the heartbeat of our city. A vast offer of concerts, theater, dance, cabaret and exhibitions brings Heidelberg to life and fascinates visitors as well as residents. Below you find the most important highlights of the Heidelberg events 2020.

September 20, 2019 - May 10, 2020

Special exhibition in the Friedrich Ebert Memorial

Theodor Heuss was elected the first Federal President in 1949. He had previously helped to shape the German Constitution and, as a liberal journalist and politician, championed democracy in Germany. The special exhibition "Democracy as a way of life. A traveling exhibition on Theodor Heuss and Elly Heuss-Knapp" in the Friedrich Ebert Memorial follows the first German Federal President and his wife throughfive epochs of German history. Numerous objects and playful elements help discover two people who were guided by the democratic and liberal ideas of their time and who, in accordance with these ideas, actively contributed to the shaping of Germany. Admission is free.

February 1 - 8, 2020

Theater festival ¡Adelante!

Once again, ¡Adelante! will feature extraordinary guest performances from Latin America and Spain, whose empowerment strategies reflect the cultural struggles (for survival) within the respective societies on the most diverse levels. The centerpiece of the second edition of ¡Adelante! will be the multinational cooperation project "La flauta mágica / The Magic Flute". For the staging by Antú Romero Nunes, actors and musicians from Heidelberg, Chile, Mexico, Uruguay and Italy will be co-performing.As an international festival initiated by a municipal theatre, ¡Adelante! is a living pilot project to rise the curtains on Germany's theatre system.

February 29 - April 26, 2020

Biennale for Contemporary Photography - "The Lives and Loves of Images"

The photo event of the year: The Biennale for Contemporary Photography has received international acclaim. In 2020, British photo expert and curator David Campany selected famous and new talents. Four exhibition houses in the metropolitan region are participating. The Heidelberger Kunstverein (Heidelberg Art Society) presents works by international stars such as Thomas Ruff, Sebastian Riemer or Clare Strand.

March 21 - April 24, 2020

Heidelberger Frühling

The festival "is part of the first league of festivals for classical music" (ZEIT), presenting great soloists, ensembles and orchestras and the best young artists in far more than 100 events. As the Stadthalle (City Hall) cannot be played due to the renovation, the "Heidelberger Frühling" 2020 will move into the city and establish a festival campus in the Old Town. The festival center, an orangery building on the centrally located University Square, will take center stage. As manager of the chamber music academy, Pianist Igor Levit can be met at the chamber music festival "Standpunkte" (standpoints). In addition to Thomas Hampson's Lied Akademie (Song Academy), there will be a four-day song festival called "Neuland.Lied" (New Territory Song). Other guests include Sol Gabetta, Philippe Jaroussky, Grigory Sokolov and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

March 25 - July 12, 2020

Hercules - Immortal Hero

Hercules, son of Zeus and the mortal Alkmene, remains an ambivalent hero to this day. His power isas proverbial as his lack of self-control. An object of religious veneration in ancient times, he was considered a powerful champion of good in the Middle Ages and early Modern Era. In Heidelberg he stands as a symbol for the Prince Elector. The Kurpfälzisches Museum (Palatinate Museum) Heidelberg is now dedicating a large special exhibition to him in 2020 with spectacular loans from Basel, Rome, Naples and Turin.

March 25 - August 16, 2020

Fragile Treasures of the Prinzhorn Collection

In addition to the museum's newly established permanent exhibition, several drawings, oil paintings, books, textiles and collages from the unique holdings of the Prinzhorn Collection will be on display. These extraordinary works established the collection's worldwide fame. Their increasingly fragile condition prohibits the permanent presentation and loan to other museums. Now, these fragile treasures are unitedon this one-time exhibition.

April 24 - May 3, 2020

Heidelberger Stückemarkt - the theater festival

On 10 days in spring, the Heidelberger Stückemarkt (Heidelberg Play Week) will be presenting the avantgarde of theatre since 1984: New plays will be read and outstanding premieres from the German-speaking world are invited for guest performances. This fosters social debate and reflects the aesthetic tendencies of our theatrical landscape. In 2020, the host country will be Lithuania. This theater country is still largely unknown in Germany, although its lively, innovative scene surely attracts attention.

May 01 - 31, 2020

Queer Festival Heidelberg

Germany's largest queer festival invites you to celebrate and experience queer culture for one month. Concerts, movies, performances, exhibitions, talks and much more focus on sexual and gender diversity, discrimination and gender equality.

May 6 - July 12, 2020

"Long have I loved you ..."

The life and work of Friedrich Hölderlin are closely connected to Heidelberg. Starting with his famous "Ode to Heidelberg", which is in the possession of the museum, and supplemented by valuable loans from private collections, the presentation ranges to the 20th century.

May 15 - June 19, 2020

Exhibition: Nadira Husain

Nadira Husain is the winner of the WERK.STOFF Prize for Painting by the Andreas Felger Culture Foundation and the Heidelberger Kunstverein. In her paintings on canvas, paper and textiles, historicalIndian pictorial traditions are interwoven with contemporary imagery. The colorful large-sized works, which are on display in the rooms of the Heidelberg Kunstverein, borrow patterns and figurative elementsand rely on an all-over principle that overrules past pictorial hierarchies.

May 19 - September 14, 2020

"Europa, der Krieg und ich - 100 Jahre Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e. V."

This special exhibition ("Europa, the war and I - 100 years of Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge e. V.") in the Friedrich Ebert Memorial shows the development of the Kriegsgräberfürsorge (German War Graves Commission) and the importance of commemorative culture. The exhibition covers a far range of time, from the beginning of the Kriegsgräberfürsoge in Europe's late 19th century, through the concretetasks that arose from the carnage of the two world wars, to the "reconciliation above graves" and today's first approaches to European co-remembrance. Admission is free.

June - July 2020

ARTORT - Summertime

In the 32nd year of its existence, the festival for art in public space once again celebrates the dance of the metropolitan region. As pioneers of free contemporary dance, the founders of the UnterwegsTheater (On The Road Theater), choreographer Jai Gonzales and artist Bernhard Fauser guarantee an enthusiastic audience with many projects and multidisciplinary festival concepts. After Earth / Water / Air, the curators and makers will focus on the themes of Home / Love / Story(ies) in the next year. ARTORT is an art experience for the whole family.

June 6, July 11 & September 5, 2020

Heidelberger Schlossbeleuchtungen mit Feuerwerk (Castle Illumination with Fireworks)

Bengal fires bathe the Castle in red fire's light before the fascinating fireworks from the Alte Brücke (Old Bridge) make the Neckar sparkle.

June 14 - August 2, 2020

Heidelberg Schlossfestspiele

Amidst the mountains it towers: Heidelberg Castle, one of the most beautiful sights in Germany. As a popular tourist attraction, it also stages the Heidelberg Schlossfestspiele (Castle Festival), organized by the Theater and Orchestra Heidelberg. Every summer, the ancient walls are filled with musical sounds and famous works from the whole world of theatre, sometimes tragic, sometimes funny and always featuring new highlights. Besides the horror classic "Dracula", "Im weissen Rössl" (The White Horse Inn) seems as if it was made for the castle courtyard. "Die Verzauberten Brüder" (The Bewitched Brothers) await younger audiences in the Englischer Bau (English Building), and the Philharmonic Orchestra playsits traditional castle concerts.

July 3 - 17, 2020


Since 2015, the Heidelberg street art festival METROPOLINK has been changing the city's image. By now, curator Pascal Baumgärtner has brought more than 50 renowned artists from all over the world to the city, including stars of the scene such as Bordalo II, Hendrik Beikirch, Sam3 and Herakut. House fronts are transformed into works of art. The festival, under the patronage of Heidelberg's Lord Mayor Prof. Dr. Eckart Würzner, is tightly connected with the city's development. METROPOLINK understands artistic interventions in public space as a possibility to win it back for the community. Public exchange is not only possible, but desired, and the visual context is meant to ease the bridging of cultural gaps.

September 14, 2020 - January 17, 2021

"Willy Brandt. Freedom Fighter, Chancellor for Peace, Bridge Builder"

As a social democrat, opponent of the Nazi regime, governing mayor of Berlin, German Chancellor, Nobel Prize winner or world politician: Willy Brandt always stood up for freedom, peace, democracy and justice. By reforming state and society and establishing a new political style, he made a decisive contribution to the modernization of the Federal Republic of Germany. The focus of the special exhibition "Willy Brandt. Freedom Fighter, Chancellor for Peace, Bridge Builder" in the Friedrich Ebert Memorial will be on Willy Brandt's biography as well as his values and goals. Admission is free.

September 26 - 27, 2020

Old Town Festival Heidelberger Herbst (Heidelberg Autumn)

Live music, arts and crafts market, flea market, renaissance fair, culture and regional specialties - Heidelberg's largest festival turns the historical Old Town into a colorful party and entertainment area.

October - November, 2020

Exhibition: Ian Kiaer

With fine drawings, colorful paintings and airy sculptures, the Briton Ian Kiaer creates poetic set-ups. He successfully enchants through high artistic sensitivity and at the same time alludes to diverse references from intellectual history. Seasoned with a touch of British humor, the internationally renowned artist plays on the various room levels of the Heidelberg Kunstverein.

October 1 - 4, 2020

Kleine Helden | KinderTheater-Festival (Children's Theater Festival)

The Kulturfenster invites you to the 24th edition of the "Kleine Helden" (Little Heroes) festival. In the circus tent on the Neckarwiese (banks of the Neckar), theatre groups from all over Germany present their current productions. The festival is accompanied by a fairytale tent, the Spielmobil (playbus) and lots of games.

October 2 - November 14, 2020

22nd Enjoy Jazz Festival

"Enjoy Jazz" welcomes artists of all nationalities on the stages of the festival cities Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen for the 16th time. As always, the program will consist of jazz and more. Enjoy Jazz once again hosts outstanding musicians for almost seven weeks, fathoming the musical borders of jazz and various other genres.

October 9 - 18, 2020

French Week

Every year, Heidelberg hosts the French Week with about 50 events related to German-French culture in almost all cultural subjects. The French Week provides a platform for private and public actors andorganizers offering cultural contributions on the theme of France. It is an example of how German-French friendship is acted on in Heidelberg and the surrounding area. The Deutsch-Französischer Kulturkreise. V. also organizes readings, lectures, a literary café and cultural trips to France.


October 18, 2020 - February 7, 2021

Friedrich Dürrenmatt - Caricatures

Dürrenmatt's humor runs like a red thread through his written and pictorial work. Outside his legendary literary work, Dürrenmatt was an enthusiastic graphic artist and painter throughout his whole life. Among his graphic work, caricatures form the largest thematic group. Not only did he prefer this genre; he especially enjoyed the speed and spontaneity that this art type allowed him. The Kurpfälzische Museum Heidelberg willshowcase 100 exhibits from the Centre Dürrenmatt Neuchâtel and from private collections, which present this unknown side of the great writer.

October 28 - November 8, 2020

Heidelberg Theatertage

The HEIDELBERGER THEATERTAGE (Heidelberg Theater Days) were founded almost 25 years ago as a regional festival in Heidelberg. Nowadays it is a festival enjoying an outstanding reputation throughout the German-speaking world. A major objective is the exchange and networking between the various theater makers. By awarding the renowned "Heidelberg Theatre Prize" to the best productions of the year, the festival promotes outstanding talents in the independent theater scene.

November 6 - December 12, 2020

denke.schön - the Cabaret Autumn 2020

Political cabaret is alive! And this is proven year after year by the Kulturfenster as the organizer of the festival. It is precisely at this time that we need new angles and points of view that help us to better recognize and understand what is happening, and what we can make fun of or what we should take a closer look at. Profoundness and humor. That's what cabaret is standing for. All in all, the festival presents about a dozen different programs on the intimate stage in the backyard theater of the Kulturfenster. Many prize winners of the German cabaret scene as well as several great and impressive new discoveries will be present: Till Reiners, Dagmar Schönleber, Nektarios Vlachopoulos, Lisa Christ, Christine Prayon, Fatih Çevikkollu, Jens Neutag and many others.

November 15 - December 1, 2020

Prêt à écouter Festival

"Prêt à écouter" is French and means "ready to listen". In Heidelberg, the name will once again say it all. Some of the most exciting trend-setters of current pop culture take to the stage every autumn at the Prêt à écouter festival. Concerts and readings invite to discover and rediscover among all genres of advanced pop music and beyond the mainstream.

November 25 - December 22, 2020

Heidelberger Weihnachtsmarkt (Heidelberg Christmas Market)

The Heidelberger Weihnachtsmarkt, embedded in the Baroque Old Town, with the world-renowned Castle shining above it, is one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany. The festively decorated cottages make the former residential town shine on various squares in the historical Old Town,offering an atmospheric sea of lights in one of the longest pedestrian zones in Europe.


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