F | Films | International Festivals
The Main Nippon Connection
Nippon Connection is the world’s largest Japanese film festival, even while it takes place in Frankfurt, Germany rather than in Japan. The film festival screens more than 100 fiction, documentary, animation and short films. Dozens of Japanese directors and actors gather here every year more than 6,000 miles away from Tokyo. For its 19th edition, Nippon Connection is once again offering a sophisticated and entertaining programme of recent releases including many European and German premieres. Nippon Connection is one of many international film festivals in the region and one of the largest English-language festivals in Frankfurt.
WI | Events | May Festival
The Proms of Rheinmain
The operas Idomeneo and La Clemenza di Tito, the performance Mozart Portrait in Percussion, the film Amadeus and a Mozart-themed breakfast are but a few of the many concerts and events that make up the 24-hour Mozart24 component of this year’s May Festival in Wiesbaden. As the region’s top opera, concert, performance and dance festival, it will once again shine with a sophisticated and international programme. Tannh.user, Salome and Don Giovanni stand out for their excellent casting. The dance section likewise promises an internationally acclaimed line-up such as Sidi Larbi Cherkaouni, Hofesh Schechter and Ang.lica Liddell. The May Festival is hence rightly considered to be one of the three classic highlights of the region, right up there with the Frankfurt Opera and the Rheingau Music Festival.
WI | Cinema | Caligari Filmbühne
Cinema With Style
When the Caligari FilmBühne – named after the expressionist silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – rolls out the red carpet, international film stars cannot be far. Located in Wiesbaden, right at the city’s market square, this beautiful cinema runs a sophisticated international programme when it isn’t hosting film festivals such as the top Eastern European film festival goEast and exground, widely known for its selection of international independent films. In 2018, the Caligari received the Hessian Cultural Award for its outstanding cultural commitment. Moviegoers also appreciate the film hall for its uniquely classic interior that conjures up the golden age of cinema, and for the fact that many of the films are shown in English.
F | Exhibitions | Bauhaus
The Living Bauhaus
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Weissenhof, Oskar Schlemmer and the Triadic Ballet, Mart Stam and the cantilever chair: three artists, three works, one name: Bauhaus. The famous institute for architecture, arts and design was founded in Weimar 100 years ago. Although Dessau and Weimar were home to the academy of this new modernity, it was in Frankfurt where many of the ideas and concepts were implemented. For this “New Frankfurt”, city planner Ernst May and architects like Friedrich Kramer and Martin Elsaesser created a form of social and modern housing with revolutionary ideas such as the Frankfurt kitchen or Frankfurt bathroom. Design assumed social responsibility. Walking through May‘s settlements is an easy way to explore living Bauhaus. In commemoration of the 100th anniversary, Frankfurt will also hold three extraordinary exhibitions.
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 ...
F | Museum | Städel Museum
Only the Best For Its Citizens
“The best for this town and its citizens.” In this spirit, banker and art collector Johann Friedrich Städel created Frankfurt’s most important art foundation some 200 years ago. At this time the “Städelsche Kunstinstitut” comprised a stately edifice, 1.3 million guilders, 476 paintings, 4,600 drawings and 10,000 graphic prints. The art works − every piece personally collected – consist primarily of Dutch masters of the 17th century but also Flemish, German, French and Italian works, most of them landscape and historical paintings. Today this private institution is a popular venue for holding large internationally recognised exhibitions, especially of classical paintings. For example, in 2019 the Städel will show Titian and the Venetian masters of the Renaissance, comprising the largest Titian retrospective ever shown in Germany.
FRM | Exhibitions
From Titian to New Frankfurt
There are over 100 museums in the region with a wide range of exhibitions throughout the year. The following is just a small selection of the overall offer.
FRM | Film Festivals
Nonstop Film Festivals
Just about 50 film festivals take place in the region throughout the year, which translates into one film festival every week! Many of these festivals are international, contributing much to the region’s cosmopolitan flair. Here is a small selection:
- F | Lichter Filmfest Frankfurt International | Mar
- F | Nippon Connection | Japanese Films | May-Jun
- WI | GoEast | Eastern European Films | Apr
- DA | Filmfest Weiterstadt | Short Films | Aug
- F/Rheingau | Shorts at Moonlight | Short Films | Jul-Aug
- MZ | Mainz Film Summer | Jun-Sep
- WI | Exground | International Independent Films | Nov
- F/OF | B3 Biennial of The Moving Image | Oct
- F | Lucas Festival for Young Film Lovers | Sep
- MR | Open Eyes | Short Films | Jul
- KS | Kassel Dokfest | Documentary Films | Nov
- MA/HD | International Film Festival | Nov
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
- F | Bahnhofsviertelnacht | Street Party | Aug
- FRM | Museums Nights | 06.04.: Wiesbaden | Apr-Sep
- F | Musik im Palmengarten | Concerts | May-Sep