Kaiserslautern presents ‘Long Night of Culture’

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Kaiserslautern will sponsor its traditional “Long Night of Culture” from Saturday to Sunday. Known as one of the top events in the state of Rheinland-Pfalz, the night will feature more than 120 performances, presentations and displays in more than 20 locations in the center of town.

Art facilities and private and church institutions will participate throughout the city, so visitors can walk from one event to the other.

Each year more than 10,000 visitors interested in art and culture enjoy the Long Night of Culture. Events will be held in the Japanese Garden, the Apostelkirche, Stiftskirche and Hoffnungskirche churches, the Fruchthalle, the Emmerich-Smola Music School, the Theodor-Zink Museum, the Pfalztheater, the Pfalzgalerie Museum, the youth center, the Architekturgalerie, the Cafe 23, the Galerie Wack, and the Youth Center and Union studio for film arts.

Most events will be kept short, and visitors can put together their own individual program.

The Long Night of Culture will open with a flashmob to the Abba song “Dancing Queen” at 5:30 p.m. on Stiftplatz. Organizers expect more than 15,000 participants.

A family program with classic and jazz will start at 5 p.m. in the Fruchthalle, known as Kaiserslautern’s concert hall. The late night program with DJ-lounge, social media installation, music and dance presentations on three stages in the concert hall will be from 10 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday.

The Japanese Garden will be illuminated and open for free from 6 p.m. to midnight. Stiftskirche will open a room of silence, lit with candles, from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Admission for most places is €10 for adults and €8 for students. Family tickets cost €25. Visitors will get a wristband, which allows them to enter all facilities that charge a fee.

The late light admission, starting at midnight, is €5 for adults and €2 for students.

Wristbands are available prior to the event for €10 at the tourist information office.

For a detailed program and location addresses, visit www.fruchthalle.de or stop at the Tourist Information Office on Fruchthallstrasse to get the Long Night of Culture brochure.