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Festivals in Thuringia

Thüringer Bachwochen. Thuringian Bach Festival.
Festival period in Thuringia's Bach places including Eisenach, Erfurt, Weimar, Arnstadt and others and a great variety of different concerts. Annually held in March/April, around the birthday of composer J.S.Bach, a son of Thuringia. (3 - 26 April 2020)

Concert season at Wartburg Castle in Eisenach
annual concert series in connection with the MDR Music Summer and Deutschlandradio Kultur (May - October). Highlights include performances of R. Wagner's 'Tannhäuser' opera in the castle's grand hall.

Thuringian Palace Festival in Sondershausen
Opera, operetta or musical performances in the romantic inner courtyard or gardens of Sondershausen Palace. In 2020, three different production will be presented: '3 Musketeers' by Rob and Ferdi Bolland, 'Bastien and Bastienne' by Johann H.F. Müller and J. A. Schachtner and 'The Barber of Seville' by Gioachino Rossini. (26 June - 26 July 2020)

SonneMondSterne - Open-Air
Spectacular open-air festival at the Bleilock water reservoir near Saalburg, with international stars of the electronic music scene (7 - 9 August 2020).

Festival with rock, pop and other concerts, theatre performances and cinema on an open-air stage in front of Jena's theatre. (July and August 2020)

Cathedral Steps Festival in Erfurt
Open-air festival against the breath-taking backdrop of Erfurt Cathedral (9 August - 1 September 2019: The Name of the Rose, based on the international bestseller by Umberto Eco; 10 July - 2 August 2020: Nabucco, opera by Guiseppe Verdi)

Rudolstadt Festival
Germany's biggest festival of folk and world music with musicians from all continents. Concerts and dance performances on more than 20 stages in the old-town district, Heidecksburg Castle and the castle park. (2 - 5 July 2020)

Ekhof-Festival at Friedenstein Palace in Gotha
Performances in the magnificent baroque palace theatre from the late 1600s (3 July - 23 August 2020). The festival traditionally ends with the Gotha Baroque Festival weekend at Friedenstein Palace.

ACHAVA Festival in Erfurt
A mixture of concerts, exhibitions and public discussion events focussing on Jewish culture. The Hebrew word 'achava' means 'brotherhood' and is a keyword for themes such as humanity, peace, tolerance and dialogue. (19 - 29 September 2019; 10 - 20 September 2020)


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