Kaiserslautern celebrates anniversary of culture night

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Kaiserslautern will sponsor its annual “Long Night of Culture” for the 10th year Saturday and Sunday.

The event will feature more than 100 performances, presentations and displays in 16 locations in the center of town, in gardens and in churches. Locations include the Apostelkirche, the Stiftskirche, the Hoffnungskirche in Hohenecken, the Fruchthalle, the Theodor-Zink-Museum/Wadgasserhof, the Pfalztheater, the Pfalzgalerie Museum, the Architekturgalerie, Galerie Wack, the Art Hotel Lauterbach and the Japanese Garden.

“Each year, about 10,000 visitors take part in the event,” said Dr. Susanne Wimmer-Leonhardt, deputy mayor of Kaiserslautern. “More than 500 artists and hobby groups help to create an entertaining and interesting program.”

Interested visitors can walk from one event to another. “Most culture facilities offer a program consisting of short elements. Therefore visitors are able to visit several facilities and enjoy different programs that night,” said Dr. Andrea Edel, director of the Kaiserslautern Office of Arts.

A family program with classic and jazz music will start at 6 p.m. in the Fruchthalle, known as Kaiserslautern’s concert hall. The late night program with DJ lounge, salsa live music disco, light installations and movies will take place on three stages from 10 p.m. Saturday to 3:30 a.m. Sunday in the concert hall. 

In the Pfalztheater, visitors can enjoy singing and ballet dancing performances.
The Theodor-Zink-Museum on Steinstrasse 48 will offer jazz performances, a guided tour of the museum and an open jam session from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.
The Japanese Garden will be illuminated and open for free from 7 p.m. to midnight. Stiftskirche will open a room of silence, lit with candles, from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Admission fee for most places is €9 for adults and €6 for students. Visitors get a wristband, which allows them to enter all facilities that charge a fee. As of midnight, there will be a late night tariff — $4 for adults and $2 for students.
For a detailed program and addresses, visit www.fruchthalle.de or stop by the Tourist Information Office on Fruchthallstrasse to get the Long Night of Culture brochure. An information stand will be set up near the Fruchthalle entrance, next to the war monument, from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday.