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F | 40 Years English Theatre

Frankfurt´s Little Anglosphere

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It is Frankfurt’s top go-to venue for English-speaking culture and, indeed, the largest English-speaking stage on the continent. Presenting theatre, musicals and parties right at the edge of Frankfurt‘s central station district, the English Theatre lets you dive into another world. Literally, since the theatre, seating 300, is housed in the basement. The programme, however, is anything but lower-tier, boasting six high-profile productions per year, casted and partly rehearsed in London and New York, and drawing 60,000 visitors annually. James the Bar, adjoining the theatre, offers an amicable ambience for visitors to mingle before or after a show and to have a drink. English Theatre was founded in 1979 and celebrates its 40th Anniversary Season in 2019/2020.

OF | Location | Hafen 2

Sheep and Screens

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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.

Hafen 2 | Offenbach

Rheingau | Venue | Eberbach Monastery

In Sean Connery´s Footsteps

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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.

WI | Caligari Filmbühne

Cinema With Style

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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 | Location | Palmengarten

World Flora and World Music

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We all yearn to tune into nature and connect to our senses. An extraordinary and rare place for doing just that is Frankfurt’s Palmengarten, which is open year round. Started way back as a community initiative by Frankfurt citizens, the Palmengarten has been giving joy to people ever since with its lush, diverse and even tropical flora. Throughout the year, greenhouses and opulent gardens invite you to dive into another world. Aside from the many thematic gardens and botanical exhibitions, the Palmengarten is also known for its longstanding “Musik im Palmengarten” program. The program spans a wide range of music styles, from the world’s oldest open-air jazz series through to the Summer in the City festival and Kammeroper Frankfurt performances. Indeed, the tender and poetic ambiance of the Palmengarten ‒ rose and sunlight during summer and winter lights in winter ‒ make the garden a special place to enjoy music.

Palmengarten | Frankfurt City

F | Museum Angewandte Kunst

REDEFINING APPLIED ARTS

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When the Museum Angewandte Kunst was inaugurated in 1985, it stood out for its white and expansive architecture designed by Richard Meier. Yet somewhat out of step with its building style, the museum of applied arts then steered a course of presenting oriental carpets, Buddhas and Ming vases, which made for a somber and sedate atmosphere. It was not until 2012 that a new director, Matthias Wagner K, dared to stir up the dust. The museum thus regained its initial bright and breezy air. And ‘applied arts’ was redefined. Fashion icon Jil Sander got her first museum show there; Stefan Sagmeister presented a Beauty Show; Wagner K exhibited hipsters, hamsters and mobile phones; and Contemporary Muslim Fashions became the subject of much debate. In addition, Wagner K has opened his museum’s doors to festivals, such as the RAY photography triennial or the B3 biennial. This fall, the House of Norway is guest in what is currently the most exciting museum in the region.

F | Museum | Städel Museum

Only the Best For Its Citizens

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“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), The Mysteries of Material, and Making Van Gogh.

F | On Stage | Mousonturm

ESTABLISHED AND EXPERIMENTAL

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Mousonturm is widely known for presenting avantgarde local and international performing artists, such as Forced Entertainment or Rimini Protokoll. Indeed, the independant artists’ house has stayed the course of being daring for the entire 30 years of its existence. It tackles conventions and keeps on recalibrating our understanding of performing arts ... such with incognito lectures in McDonald’s restaurants or a group of moles riding an escalator! Its repertoire is broad, ranging from concerts, political art events, performances in urban spaces, to dance trainings and workshops. It also likes to promote emerging artists, such as recent grads of Frankfurt’s University for Performing Arts (HfMDK) or Giessen’s Institute for Applied Theatre Studies (ATW), and collaborate with other art centres such as Frankfurt Lab. Hence, what was once the tower (Turm) of a former soap factory is today a well-established art venue that has remained raw and experimental.

DA | Feature | Darmstadt

A Creative City

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Darmstadt is, and has always been, a hotbed of creativity in the region. It is home to Mathildenhöhe, a compound of stately artists’ and museum buildings best known for the eponymous artists’ colony founded in 1899. The compound is the site of the Wedding Tower, a landmark of German Art Nouveau, as well as buildings by famous architects of the early 20th century, such as Joseph Maria Olbrich and Peter Behrens. The city of Darmstadt is also the birthplace of the Darmstadt Secession, a revolutionary artist community founded in 1919 by artists including Max Beckmann, Ludwig Meidner and Paul Hindemith. A New Darmstadt Secession was founded in 1945 and continues on to the present day. Near Darmstadt there is also the Mediencampus Darmstadt-Dieburg, perhaps the most exciting new media academy in the region.

Taunus | Feature Taunus

Painters, Patrons and a Zoo

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Bad Homburg, Kronberg, Königstein and Bad Soden are placid, affluent towns nestled in the Taunus, a mountain range on the edge of Frankfurt. While they may seem to be no more than that – calm and picturesque – the old spa towns have been attracting art ever since. They are home to the Sinclair Haus, a small, refined museum in Bad Homburg; a famous former artists’ colony of painters in Kronberg; and the Stadtgalerie im Badehaus in Bad Soden. Sinclair Haus has a penchant for somewhat contemplative exhibitions, such as the currently running Beating Wings – Insects in Contemporary Art. Furthermore, the region is home to Kronberg Academy and the corporate museums of Braun and Horex (a former motorcycle manufacturer). The Taunus even has a small but hugely popular zoo, the Opel Zoo, named after the car manufacturer. All places are accessible by public transport, with one subway leading all the way up to Hohe Mark, a starting point for many hiking trails.

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Bad Homburg, Kronberg & Co.

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F | Opera | Oper Frankfurt

Opera House of the Year

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Renovation, relocation, new construction? Frankfurt‘s opera house is always the talk of the town. All the more because the opera recently received the annual Opera House of the Year award for the fourth time. No doubt, Oper Frankfurt is among the highest ranking in Germany while under the direction of Bernd Loebe, who took over in 2002. The mix of programmes is excellent: Händel’s operas, an exquisite Merry Widow, and Verdi, of course, as well as many contemporary works. The permanent ensemble, built around Tanja Ariane Baumgartner, Claudia Mahnke and Kihwan Sim, as well as the General Music Director Sebastian Weigle are complemented by such celebrated invited artists as Brenda Rae and Źeljko Lućić. What’s more, even passers-by without a ticket can enjoy the high quality of the performances by loudspeakers mounted outside the building (fey.).

FRM | Historical Places

Monasteries & Medieval Towns

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OF | Offenbach

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FRM | English Cultural Offers

You´ll Understand

The vast number of diverse English-language cultural offerings prove that FrankfurtRheinMain is a most cosmopolitan region. This is only a small selection of the most coveted venues and events.

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CINEMAS Screening Anglophone Films:

PLACES For English Speaking Communities:

TOURS Offered in English

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