What does everyday life at the Ludwigsburg Festival look like? During the city stories of the Ludwigsburg Museum, our artistic director Jochen Sandig will take you takes you behind the scenes of one of the most traditional festivals in Baden-Württemberg. In the monthly lecture series »City Histories,« experts will introduce unique places, fields of work and institutions in Ludwigsburg. On October 12, the stately rooms of the historic building and learn more about the vision for our celebration of the arts, democracy and sustainability.
[This text has been translated electronically] What is worth preserving? What is forward-looking and what should Ludwigsburg take with it into its future? With these questions, artists Thomas Rustemeyer, Bruno Jacoby and Julian Warner invite Ludwigsburg residents to collect objects, ideas, melodies or anecdotes for a »memory of the future« as part of the ÜBER:MORGEN festival. In the course of the exhibition, the urban society fills the memory with personal answers to questions about the future and creates a communal and walk-in show depot.
Social observations also give rise to the art of Brad Hwang, who has been a resident artist at the Schlossfestspiele several times. The artist and sculptor creates mechanical and social sculptures – in the spirit of Joseph Beuys – from everyday objects and materials, which he breathes new life into, as well as installations that invite participation and encounters.
In 2021, he constructed a hugging machine with a mobile loom. From the encounters of Ludwigsburg*innen with the artist in the middle of the city, a social sculpture in the form of a woven piece was created from old gauze bandages, documenting the history of his experiences on site – as a woven recording of the passage of time. With this collective artwork, we contribute to the »Memory of the Future« as a celebration of the arts, democracy and sustainability.
The exhibition grows with your personal objects. Until October 15, you can bring your own things and learn what other Ludwigsburg* residents consider important for the future of the city. All information and opening hours can be found on the website of the city of Ludwigsburg.
A wonderful 2022 festival season lies behind us and we are already looking forward with anticipation to the highlights of the coming season, for which advance ticket sales will start on November 2. Make a note now of our festival period from May 11 to July 22, 2023 and subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date. We look forward to seeing you soon at the Ludwigsburg Palace Festival 2023!
We look forward to welcoming you to the Monrepos Open Air on July 16 and to celebrate the end of the festival season of 2022 with you. In the following section we have compiled the most important information:
Arrival Monrepos Open Air
From the S-Bahn stops Favoritepark and Freiberg as well as from Ludwigsburg train station (bus platform 18) free shuttle buses will run.
The P+R parking lot on Reuteallee is available free of charge, as well as the parking spaces at the University of Education and the adjacent schools (P1 – P3). Free shuttle buses run from the Pädagogische Hochschule bus stop. Parking on the Bärenwiese in Ludwigsburg’s city center (Friedrich-Ebert-Straße) is also city center (Friedrich-Ebert-Straße) is possible. At the bus stop at the Forum at the Schlosspark is also served by free shuttle buses. Fee-paying parking spaces (5,- €) are available in dry weather directly opposite the entrance to the to the Seeschloss Monrepos on the L1138 (P4). The shuttle buses run from each of the above-mentioned bus stops between 17:30 and 20:45 to the open-air grounds and and back again after the concert from 11:30 pm to 0:30 am.
The box office opens at 5 p.m., admission to the open-air site begins at 6 pm.
For security reasons it is NOT allowed to bring the following items: all means of transportation with wheels (this includes all sizes of ladder trucks, bike trailers, pull suitcases, shopping or folding trolleys, folding carts), beer table sets, paperhanging tables and garden tables, garden chairs and plastic chairs that cannot be folded up pavilion tents, sun umbrellas and umbrellas, open fires, pyrotechnical objects, gas burners, barbecue and fondue equipment, garden torches, flame bowls, Candlesticks and candles, dogs and other animals, and drones.
Permitted are: foldable camping camping tables and chairs as well as tea lights
Food & Drink
The Schlosshotel Monrepos offers food and drinks that can be consumed in the catering area. Self may only be consumed in the picnic area.
Further questions about Monrepos Open Air are answered in our FAQ.
[This text has been translated electronically] In a fine tradition, the Ludwigsburg Festival plays in September some of its outlying venues in Baden-Württemberg at the end of the festival year. After a wonderful weekend in picturesquely situated Wolfegg with musicians from the Festival Orchestra, the great actor Jens Harzer and the British vocal ensemble Stile Antico the festival tour now continues to Haigerloch (Bad Imnau). The Hamburg group Elbtonal Percussion will play everything that percussion has to offer in the Fürstensaal on September 25 at 7 pm. From pure drum pieces to polyphonic marimba works and a percussive choreography of hands – the four musicians from Hamburg know how to inspire. This stand-alone pearl of percussion music closg7lhastyh1es the Schlossfestspiele for 2022. Visit us one last time before the next season begins on May 11, 2023!
Tickets are available online, at the ticket office at Palais Grävenitz or at the box office. We are looking forward to your visit!
At the last Ordenssaal concert on July 14 at 8 p.m., recorder player Dorothee Oberlinger and her ensemble L’arte del mondo will guide the audience through the history of the flute and its musical works. Tobias Dellit & the silent majority perform on July 15 at 6 p.m. at the »Frei Luft Musik« on Ludwigsburg’s market square.
On July 16 the Monrepos Open Air with the Festival Orchestra and the tenor Julian Prégardien can take place at the lakeside castle Monrepos. Unfortunately, due to an acute injury, conductor Alondra de la Parra had to cancel her participation. At short notice, the young British conductor Harry Ogg could be won for the musical direction of the open-air concert in her place. Before the main program begins, the orchestra of Ludwigsburg's Goethe Gymnasium will set the mood for the evening with a preliminary program starting at 8 pm. From 9 p.m., the Festival Orchestra, Julian Prégardien and Harry Ogg will perform a magical, rousing summer night program.
The tickets for »L’arte Mondo Oberlinger« and the »Monrepos Open Air« can be purchased online, at the ticket office or directly at the box office. We are looking forward to a fantastic festival ending with you!
The tenth festival week begins with the performance of »THE B-SIDE: Negro Folklore from Texas State Prisons. A Record Album Interpretation« by the Wooster Group theater company and will be shown on July 7 and 8. July at 8 p.m. each night in the Kammertheater of the Schauspiel Stuttgart. At July 7 at 8 p.m. Anna Prohaska, Carolin Emcke and the LaFolia Baroque Orchestra will present an evening around hope and mourning in times of pandemic. Babette Haag and her percussion ensemble perform July 8 at 6 p.m.. at the »Frei Luft Musik« on Ludwigsburg’s market square. On the occasion of Schütz’s 350th death anniversary the vocal ensemble Voces Suaves will perform a special concert on July 8 at 8 p.m. with works by Heinrich Schütz, Johann Hermann Schein and Samuel Scheidt in the Schlosskirche. In cooperation with the International Bach Academy and the Forum am Schlosspark, on July 8, 9, and 10, Handel’s »Acis and Galatea« under the direction of Hans-Christoph Rademann and with the Gaechinger Cantorey. The dance production »The 3rd Box« by the Junge Theater Freiburg deals with gender roles and identity and will take place on July 10 at 7 p.m. in the rehearsal stage of the Academy of Performing Arts in Ludwigsburg. Ludwigsburg.
[This text has been translated electronically] The performance of Beethoven’s «Missa Solemnis« on July 13, 2022 in 2022 in the Friedenskirche in Ludwigsburg had to be cancelled by the Freiburg Baroque Baroque Orchestra and the RIAS Chamber Choir for Corona reasons and to the great regret of the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele. Because of Due tonumerous Corona illnesses in the ensembles, the large-scale work could not be rehearsed. The concert under the under the musical direction of René Jacobs is to be repeated in 2023. Tickets already tickets already purchased donot remainvalid and can be returned to the respective They can be returned to the advance booking office where they were purchased. Further information on ticket refunds can be found here.
On March 26. the participants of the »Spoken Moments Poetry« workshop met in Ludwigsburg and spent six intensive and creative hours at Palais Grävenitz under the motto »Type. Man. Character.« Whether writing or organizing: everyone was able to contribute as he or she wished, to prepare the concert on May 15, 2022, as part of the Ludwigsburg Festival. The resulting texts finally met the «Monograms« by the contemporary composer York Höller. On our digital stage, you can now watch the exciting process, from the first meeting up to the final bow.
Interested in diverse and queer issues? Fancy movement and dance? The »3RD BOX WORKSHOP« at the beginning of July allows for a safe and playful exploration of gender and gender identities and prepares for the visit of »THE 3RD BOX« on 10 July on a deeper level. We welcome registrations until 1 July.
You can experience two special concerts from the past season in the next few days: The Oberon Trio and Barbara Hannigan with the Festival Orchestra. On 19 June, the chamber music concert with works by Clara Schumann, Julia Purgina and Franz Schubert will be broadcast as »Concert Document of the Week« on Deutschlandfunk at 21:05. Shortly afterwards, on 20 June at 00:40, they can watch the rousing concert by Barbara Hannigan and the Festival Orchestra retrospectively.
[This text has been translated electronically] A high feast for the Trumpet during a long night at the Scala: the two different concerts by Marco Blaauw entitled Global Breath Composers (originally scheduled for Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26, in the Ordenssaal) will, for dispositional dispositional reasons, will be combined into one evening and new venue. The program will now take place on Saturday, June 25, starting at 8 p.m. at the Scala at the Scala in Ludwigsburg.
The Belarusian activists Maria Kalesnikava, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and Veronika Zepkala have been awarded this year’s International Charlemagne Prize of Aachen for their services to the unity of Europe. In her speech, Federal Foreign Minister Baerbock referred to the laureates as «the most courageous women in Europe«. As the «Festival of the Arts, Democracy and Sustainability« we are very happy about this news and welcome this important sign for freedom and democracy. The International Charlemagne Prize is one of the most significant European and has been awarded to personalities and institutions since 1950.
The concert «The Unfinished Revolution«, which will take place on June 11 at the Forum am Schlosspark, will be dedicated to the Belarusian peace activist Maria Kalesnikava. The Belarusian conductor Vitali Alekseenok and the orchestra of the Ludwigsburg Schlossfestspiele will perform Schubert’s 7th Symphony with poem settings by Belarusian composers.
On Sunday, May 15 at 5 p.m., we cordially invite you to the »Dabke Community Dance« in our festival center in the castle courtyard. The traditional circle dance Dabke is danced in the eastern Mediterranean region at holidays, family celebrations or for travelers. The dancer and choreographer Medhat Aldaabal and the percussionist Ali Hasan look forward to a moving togetherness. Also interested people without previous knowledge are welcome! Put on comfortable shoes and dance along!
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and Ritual« and »Welt im Wandel« you can look forward to a unique
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On September 9, 2022, we will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Charles de Gaulle’s »Speech to the German Youth« and we ask ourselves: What would actually be a speech from the youth today? What wishes, goals and criticism would young voices of the present want to articulate? The emergence of such a speech the Ludwigsburg Festival would like to give time and space to the creation of such a speech in the coming months. Members of the Youth Community Council have already declared their willingness to participate in this project. A next meeting for the development of a »speech of the youth« will take place on Monday, April 25, 4 pm. A great opportunity to exchange ideas with other young people and to collect first ideas. Sign up for this up to 22. April by mail to: Education@schlossfestspiele.de We are looking forward to meet more interested young people who want to contribute their voice and work together on a »Youth Speech«!
With The new Corona Ordinance of the State of Baden-Württemberg of April 3, 2022. the previous contact restrictions at cultural events will fall. Since we care about your health, we would like to encourage you to continue to wear a medical mouth and nose covering indoors. In order to ensure the safest possible attendance at events, we also ask that you observe general hygiene rules such as sneezing and coughing etiquette, and, if possible, to keep a distance of 1.50 meters from other guests and our staff, and in the event of symptoms of illness such as fever, cold, cough, etc. to stay at home . Thank you for your support!
We are pleased to present our complete program for the 2022 season, which is now on pre-sale. With 80 events and over 50 productions in the period from May 5 to July 16, the Schlossfestspiele Schlossfestspiele is entering the tenth decade of its existence. Here you can find the program calendar with ticket sales.
The Ludwigsburg concert of «Einstürzende Neubauten« has been moved for production reasons and will now take place on Tuesday, June 21 at 8 p.m. in the MHPArena in Ludwigsburg. The Stuttgart post-punk band «Die Nerven« will perform with a supporting program. Tickets for this music highlight are still available in our online store and in the ticket office. Tickets that have already been purchased for the concerts scheduled for 2020 or 2021 and are dated accordingly will remain valid.
[This text has been translated electronically] »The Dying Swans Project«, our co-production with Gauthier Dance, was awarded by the leading Italian dance magazine Danza & Danza with the Mario Pasi Award, a special prize for the international international promotion of dance culture. The innovative concept with video and live art convinced the jury of seven. jury. We are very happy and congratulate the team of »The Dying Swans Project«. Swans Project«. The 16 extraordinary video choreographies by »The Dying Swans Project« are still available on our Digital Stage.
Perfectly prepared for the next festival season: the new festival bag and the notebook with deer pole motif have recently moved into our festival shop and are waiting to be used. Collect your concert memories, sketches, or autographs in the notebook and easily transport it in the sustainably produced festival bag. With its practical size of 38 cm x 42 cm, it offers enough space for other belongings. You can still get the bag for the special price of 9€ until Christmas. For only 5€ you can enjoy the notebook. For more information on both products, visit our Festival Shop!
In early May, Oksana Lyniv opened the 2021 season with the festival orchestra, and now the conductor, who was the first woman to take the podium at the Bayreuth Festival in the summer of 2021, will become music director of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna in January 2022.
In the series of talks by and with Elisa Erkelenz and David-Maria Gramse, unusual connections of classical music with philosophy, science, (martial) arts and pop are brought to light and thus »the pudel's core« of that genre is explored from a variety of perspectives. The podcast is released on the first of every month and is also available on our Digital Stage.
[This text has been translated electronically] A triad of music, art installation and dance: The Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch has created the legendary choreography »Kontakthof« to Ludwigsburg. The German premiere of the revival took place on 6 October. You can find exciting background information in this interview . Until October 10,«Voices from Belarus« offered an artistic podium to the voices of the Belarusian resistance at the Karlskaserne art center. On October 2, the STEGREIF.orchester performed in the Schiller city of Marbach. Look forward to the coming season from 5 May to 17 July 2022!
Unfortunately, Javier Perianes had to cancel his participation in the original concert evening »Zimmermann Perianes Cantilena« at short notice due to illness. For this reason, Tabea Zimmermann has decided to perform an extraordinary solo programme on Thursday, 8 July at 6 pm and 9 pm respectively with the new title »Tabea Zimmermann Solo«.
Over the course of a month, nine young people between the ages of 20 and 30 came together for six online workshops lasting several hours and dealt intensively with diverse gender identities and perceptions through writing tasks, movement sequences and free exchange. A filmic insight into the work can be seen on the Digital Stage.
In the film »Saz - The Key of Trust«, the instrumentalist Petra Nachtmanova follows the traces of the saz. Hardly represented in books, the history of this Persian or Ottoman-Turkish instrument is a mystery. At the »Saz Musik Fest« on 18 June, she will present her journey from Bosnia to Iran, recorded on film, and will play songs from there together with guests.
Originally scheduled for 11 May 2020, the Ernst von Siemens Musikstiftung is now bringing the award ceremony for Tabea Zimmermann forward. On 15 June, her more than 30 years of work will be honoured. She will use the prize money to establish a new foundation. We congratulate the prize-winner, who will also be a guest in Ludwigsburg on 8 July!
The »Piano City« concept developed by pianist Andreas Kern will move to the digital in 2021 to celebrate the house music tradition also and especially in these times. If you enjoy playing the piano, we look forward to your contribution on Instagram or Facebook - at whatever level and in whatever genre! For more information, click here.
The year 2021 is still marked by the Corona effects, but also by digital, hybrid and, last but not least, numerous live events. Unlike last year, we were able to cover the entire festival period from 6 May to July 11 as well as the autumn dates in September and October with a total of 37 events! In addition to this we were able to present a triad of music, art installation and dance in the fall. We are grateful and happy and look back on a successful year.
The STEGREIF.orchestra invites you to an exciting new new format: In the digital 360° audiowalk you can follow individually routes to listen to Mozart’s musical and political diversity. For this you need a smartphone, headphones and sturdy shoes. From May 28 the project is available on the Digital Stage.
In a new scenic film project, the »Human Requiem« becomes an examination of the current consequences of Corona. Directed by Jochen Sandig and musically conducted by Gijs Leenaars, the Rundfunkchor Berlin offers hope and comfort in difficult times with Brahms' »Ein deutsches Requiem«.
The Ludwigsburg Festival is launching the 2021 season with new momentum digitally. After the prelude with the »Fest Spiel Overtüre«, we now continue with a project by the STEGREIF.orchester: #bfree. Starting on 8 May on the digital stage. We look forward to your virtual visit!
What concerns you and the people from your city? Where do you experience moments of wakefulness, anger or happiness in public space? Searching for poetic moments in society, the workshop »Spoken Moments Poetry« is pursuing a digital concert experiment for collective success. Interested people from the age of 13 can register now.
Ludwigsburg Festival opened the 2021 season with the »Fest Spiel Overture« and presented the digital audience with Oksana Lyniv, Anna Larsson,
Christian Elsner and the Festival Orchestra. In cooperation with ARTE Concert, the opening concert was livestreamed on May 6 at 8pm and is now available on-demand on our Digital Stage until early November. We
look forward to your virtual visit!
April 16 brings 16 new releases: The media »Dying Swans Project« by Gauthier Dance comprises 16 solo choreographies, each with a different signature. The stage version of this project will take place during this year's Ludwigsburg Festival. Visit our Digital Stage and enjoy these digital masterpieces!
Are you between 17 and mid-20s and interested with diverse and queer topics? Then sign up now for the workshop »Somewhere in Between« with director and choreographer Gary Joplin. In May and June you will spend three weekends exploring diverse identities and orientations. You can find the detailed announcement here.
Originally Edivaldo Ernesto was going to give an insight into his »Depth Movement« technique at the Tanz- und and Theaterwerkstatt Ludwigsburg in May. Due to Corona, his workshop cannot take place as planned. We are looking for an alternative date.
Due to the current situation we can unfortunately not be able to hold any events with an audience in May. Therefore, the Fest Spiel Ouvertüre will be broadcast on May 6. Liebe und Tod will also be realised digitally and broadcast by SWR on 11 June. Israel Galván Sacre is cancelled as planned. Find out more here - and keep up to date with our German newsletter.
In the short program of last year's Ludwigsburg Festival, the performance of the Mandelring Quartet with Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartets Nos. 1, 8 and 15 was a particular highlight. On 8 March 2021, the concert recording will be broadcast by SWR 2. Perfectly the Mandelring Quartet presents Shostakovich's incomparable art between lyrical pain, pointed sharpness and smug grotesqueness.
The founder of contemporary »African Dance« has been committed for decades to the deepening and spreading of African Dance. Since the 1960s, Germaine Acogny has been realizing and manifesting her vision, enriching the african - and eventually the international - dance world as a dancer, teacher and mentor. The Biennale Danza Festival now honours her life's work with the Golden Lion. In anticipation of this year's »Sacre« project, we congratulate her!
With »I can't breathe«, the dancer touched not only the visitors of the Ludwigsburg Festival. His renewed performance at the Romaeuropa Festival in September also convinced the jury of the Italian Danza&Danza Awards. We congratulate Edivaldo Ernesto for the award as best dancer 2020!
With the aim of contributing to an open and sustainable society oriented towards the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the Ludwigsburg Festival 2020 set off into a new decade. The fact that social cohesion can also be created virtually is also demonstrated by Alondra de la Parra with her project »The Impossible Orchestra«.
A strange year has come to an end - for all of us who love art and music, there was unfortunately far too little of it. That's why we're looking forward to the 2021 season with hopefully much better conditions for culture, the artists and you, our audience.
The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were also launched by former German President Horst Köhler, among others. He and his wife Eva Luise Köhler are the patrons of the Ludwigsburg Festival for the 2020, 2021 and 2022 seasons. Horst Köhler has shared his thoughts on this in a foreword.