Kaiserslautern sponsors ‘Long Night of Culture’

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
The Fruchthalle known as Kaisers­lautern’s concert hall will be one of more than 30 locations taking part in the Long Night of Culture Saturday. — Photos by City of Kaiserslautern

Kaiserslautern will sponsor its 16th annual “Long Night of Culture” the night from Saturday to Sunday. The event will feature more than 150 performances, presentations and displays with more than 500 artists in more than 30 locations such as the Pfalztheater, Fruchthalle, SWR studio, Japanese Garden, Museum Pfalzgalerie, Kammgarn, Youth Center, Theodor-Zink-Museum and many others.

“The excellent cooperation of all local arts institutions and all artists, with the support of the regional economy, helps to create this event,” said Dr. Susanne Wimmer-Leonhardt, deputy mayor of Kaiserslautern.

“This is a sign for the continuous development of our city, its quality of life and its creative, innovative attitude to life,” added Dr. Christoph Dammann, organizer of the Long Night of Culture.

Interested visitors can walk from one event to another. A city bus will be available to take people to performance locations.  Inside it will offer singing, music, comedy and poetry slam presentations.

Various music groups will perform starting at 6 p.m. in the Fruchthalle, known as Kaiserslautern’s concert hall. There will be video and light installations. The late night program with disc jockeys, live music and dancing will be from 9:30 p.m. Saturday to 2:30 a.m. Sunday. 

The Pfalztheater will offer a beer garden with artists’ performances outside. Inside, musicians will entertain the audience at 8 p.m. to be followed by dance presentations combined with visual arts. A magician will close out showing off his skills at 11:30 p.m.

The Museum Pfalzgalerie Kaiserslautern will offer exhibitions and radio play workshops. A good night lecture with sex appeal will end presentations at 0:30 a.m.

The Japanese Garden will be illuminated until midnight, when a fireworks display will bring the day to an end.

The Kammgarn will open at 6 p.m. in the yard with a new photo exhibit by local photographer Joerg Heieck. Presentations of French chansons, rock music and samba will follow until midnight. 

Milonga Mariposa will lure tango dancers to Stiftsplatz from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

Stiftskirche will offer a video arts project with the Lutheran Bible from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. In the churchyard, flammuchen and wines will be served.

An entertaining musical program will start at 1 p.m. at the stage near Stiftskirche.

Admission fee for most places is €14 for adults and €10 for students. The family ticket costs €30. Visitors will get a wristband, which allows them to enter all facilities that charge a fee. As of midnight there is a late night tariff of €6.

For a detailed program and location addresses, visit www.facebook.com/LangeNachtDerKultur or visit 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 4 p.m. to midnight Saturday.


The Fruchthalle in Kaiserslautern will present a diversified program with music and light installations Saturday night.
The Japanese Garden will be illuminated until midnight during the Long Night of Culture Saturday.