Above & Beyond
F | Summer | Weseler Werft
Symphony and Street Theatre
Do you fancy gallivanting around, with a picnic blanket and a good bottle of wine? Or enjoying jugglers, street theatres and concerts under wide open skies? What Proms in the Park is for Brits and outdoor summer festivals are for the French, the Weseler Werft (a former shipyard) on the banks of the Main is for Frankfurters. For two weeks in July and August, the Sommerwerft with travelling artists from all over Europe transforms the riverbank into a second Avignon with theatre, dance, music, improvisation and poetry slams. A few days later, the Europa Open Air (with symphony orchestra) turns the shipyard and the opposite bank into a gigantic open air auditorium for one evening. Tens of thousands of visitors can experience the outdoor performances lounging on blankets while sipping on a glass of wine, which is kind of like having Royal Albert Hall and Hyde Park at once. A magical night ...
FRM | Summer Special
Vibrant Squares and Streets
During the summer, the people of the RheinMain region go outside and enjoy life in the streets and public squares – just like in Avignon or at other festivals in southern France. Here is a small selection of this festivals and events.
- F | Sommerwerft | Street Theatre | Jul-Aug
- F | Stoffel | Music & Cabaret | Jun-Jul
- Taunus | Idstein Hessian Jazz Festival | Jun
- WI | Improtheater Sommer | Jul-Aug
- MZ | Open Ohr | Music & Performance | Jun
- HU | Brüder Grimm Festspiele | Theatre | May-Jul
- Wetterau | Burgfestspiele Bad Vilbel | Theatre | May-Sep
- HG | Bad Homburger Sommer | Music | Jun-Jul
- MZ | Summer in the City | Music | May-Jul
- | Bahnhofsviertelnacht | Street Party | Aug
- FRM | Museums Nights | 06.04.: Wiesbaden | Apr-Sep
- F | Musik im Palmengarten | Concerts | May-Sep
F | Locations | The Trinkhallen
Cult and Cultural Heritage
It all began around the penultimate turn of the century, Frankfurt was booming at that time. Back in these days, water did not come from the tap, but from refreshment kiosks (called Trinkhallen / drinking halls). These small flat stalls, belonged to everyday life, as a social place for all generations and milieus — where one knew one other, and shared with one another. Soon there was not only water for sale, but sweets and beer for example. Until supermarkets, gas stations and numerous chic pubs replaced the kiosks.
Today, refreshment kiosks are experiencing a renaissance. Here and there in a more upscale version, such as the Fein that invites customers and strollers of the secluded ramparts with their comfortable plush exteriors and their cake selection. Or the Gude in the Nordend, the trendy quarter, always good for cold drinks on one of Frankfurts main thoroughfares. But in many places, these kiosks still exist as the more tranquil place where the older clientele from the neighborhood meets in the evening. They also come as little shops around the corner or with other creative business ideas. In any setting, the old cultural heritage has become a cult. There are refreshment kiosk days or drinking-hall-hoppings as well as a website: line 11. Unfortunately only in German, but with pictures and an interactive map, it is a good way to start a socio-cultural journey ...
OF | Location | Hafen 2
Sheep and Screens
Open air cinema and concerts, hanging out by the water, child care ... plus grazing sheep? You never thought you’d ever find such a place in or near Frankfurt, did you? But Hafen 2 in the brownfields of Offenbach’s transformed harbour front offers exactly that: coffee shop, concert shed, green meadows, fine dune sand, benches and folding chairs. In the summer, families as well as plenty of offbeat types gather in this biotope to watch films, attend concerts or simply have good old casual chinwags while the kids play in the sand or gawk at the sheep. In the line-up: foreignlanguage films, singer-songwriters, World Cup and European Championship football ... No need for a brolly even, since events are moved inside the shed during off-season or when it rains.
Rheingau | Venue | Eberbach Monastery
In Sean Connery´s Footsteps
The old Cistercian abbey, Eberbach Monastery, is ensconced in the hills at the shore of the Rhine River, close to Wiesbaden. Built in the early 12th century, it is still in miraculously good shape. That surely contributed to its being chosen as a central location for the filming of The Name of the Rose (1986), starring none other than Sean Connery. In the summer, visitors can watch the film on the very site of the original film set. In addition, the decommissioned abbey has been hosting a slew of other extraordinary cultural events such as the renowned classical Rheingau Music Festival as well as arts and crafts shows. And of course, the abbey walls themselves are an attraction, especially for families. Eberbach is also known for its superb wines, being situated in the midst of one of Germany‘s best vinicultural regions.