Kaiserslautern swings during Barbarossa fest

by Petra Lessoing
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Musical performances and other activities lure visitors to Kaiserslautern’s Barbarossa fest today and Saturday. — Photos by City of Kaiserslautern

Kaiserslautern’s annual Barbarossa fest, “Swinging Lautern,” started Thursday and will continue today and Saturday in the center of town. The local sales promotion agency called “Kaiser in Lautern,” in cooperation with the city of Kaiserslautern, is sponsoring this fest with an international musical program featuring swing, blues, boogie, jazz, soul and salsa.

Numerous singers, music groups and marching bands perform in the streets downtown and on stages put up at Altenhof, Schillerplatz and Stiftsplatz.

  “For years now, ‘Swinging Lautern’ can be found in our city’s event calendar,” said Kaiserslautern’s Lord Mayor Dr. Klaus Weichel. “Our sales promoting agency and city event office organized a diversified musical program with many performers who can be seen live on stage.”

Today, musical performances will begin at noon. The U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band’s Wings of Dixie will perform until 3 p.m. in front of Stiftskirche.  Men in Blue, a group of the State Police Orchestra Rheinland-Pfalz will march through the streets from noon to 3 p.m.

Performers tonight will include The Dirty Boogie Orchestra, Tin Pan Alley and the Phoenix Brass Band.

Another USAFE Band will perform Saturday on the stage on Stiftsplatz. The Ambassadors will entertain the audience noon to 3 p.m. Other bands performing Saturday will be Jens & Friends, The Soul Providers, Crew V and the Rosevalley Sisters.

“We also put up a stage on Martinsplatz to support the 40th anniversary celebrations of Emmerich-Smola-Music School and Music Academy Kaiserslautern,” said Volker Stephan, chief of the Kaiser in Lautern sales promotion agency.

Experienced musicians and newcomers will be part of the anniversary program. Flashmobs are scheduled for 3 and 6 p.m. Saturday at Martinsplatz.

“Besides a great musical program, stores will offer special activities, and caterers serve fine food in white pagoda tents around Stiftskirche,” said Stephan.

A kiddie train will give free rides through the center. Children can participate in crafting, jump on a jumping castle and get their faces painted.

Fashion shows presenting this year’s fall and winter collection will take place at the stage on Altenhof, from 4 to 7 p.m. today, and between 1 and 7 p.m. Saturday.

“I wish all visitors a great weekend in Kaiserslautern. Have fun with your family and friends and enjoy  an international music program and culinary specialties,” said Weichel.

A pocket brochure listing the entertaining program is available at the Kaiserslautern Tourist Information office, Fruchthallstrasse, in stores and restaurants, or at www.kaiserslautern.de or www.werbegemeinschaft-kl.de.

Bands perform on stage in front of Stiftskirche during Kaiserslautern’s Barbarossa fest today and Saturday.