Frankfurt: Three solid days of culture and the arts

Three solid days of culture and the arts

Frankfurt’s event highlight of the year is without a doubt the internationally renowned Museum Embankment Festival, which this year will be taking place from 26 th to 28 th August. Simply put, the Museum Embankment Festival is the largest, most spectacular and most colourfully diversified cultural event of its kind. Nowhere else will one find such a packed programme of highlights, with festival visitors no doubt wishing they could be absolutely everywhere at once. Frankfurt’s famous museum embankment is a cultural landscape unique in all of Europe. Here, world-renowned exhibition houses stand side by side along the banks of the River Main, creating a contrasting cultural ensemble with their many thematic focal points, which range from antique sculptures to contemporary art. Taking advantage of this spectacular setting, the Frankfurt Tourist+Congress Board annually organises an unparalleled cultural festival that traditionally takes place on the last August weekend of every year. During the festival, 22 museums and 17 stages on both sides of the River Main combine to offer an extensive and highly sophisticated programme of events.

Over the years, the Museum Embankment Festival has established itself as one of Europe’s largest cultural celebrations, one that attracts visitors from far beyond Frankfurt’s city limits. The Museum Embankment Festival button is a particularly attractive way to experience the event. For a mere € 7.00, holders have free and unlimited admission to all participating museums for the duration of the festival, with children up to the age of six being admitted free of charge. The button is available at all participating museums and at the Tourist Information Offices Main Train Station and Römer. On this festive weekend, Frankfurt’s museums – already sparkling throughout the year with their excellent exhibitions and colourful fringe programmes – will be offering visitors unique cultural insights late into the evening.

 

At the historical museum frankfurt, for example, Bäppi la Belle, Frankfurt’s favourite travesty artist, will be leading visitors through the museum’s exhibitions with a comedic tour that will have participants roaring with laughter. Nearby, at the Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung, visitors will be rediscovering the age of antiquity with a series of exciting perspectives, learning more about the roles of the sexes, ancient rituals and the wars of the gods. Nearby, Museum Giersch, part of Goethe University, will once again be hosting its antiquarian mile; here, lovers of books and literature are guaranteed to find a range of interesting rarities and unlikely treasures. And at the riverside stand of the Jewish Museum, visitors will get the chance to improve their Hebrew with a little linguistic crash course. Last but not least, two Frankfurt banking institutions will also be joining the fray, opening their private art collections to the general public.

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The Museum Embankment Festival also holds plenty in store for children. The Archaeological Museum, for example, will be taking youngsters on a fantastic, LEGO-themed trip through time, offering them a brand-new and highly entertaining look at the annals of history, while at the workshops of the children’s museum frankfurt, kids will get the chance to make paper and print graphic characters. Elsewhere, the Bible House Experience Museum will be helping children to make a “bible to go”, while at the German Film Museum, the action will be concentrating entirely on pirates, the scourge of the high seas. The festival’s extensive stage programme, featuring concerts of most every musical genre, is particularly impressive. This year, the Batschkapp, Frankfurt’s famous music venue and cultural centre, will be celebrating 40 years of existence with its very own outdoor stage. It is also from here that Frankfurt’s Lord Mayor, Mr Peter Feldmann, will be officially opening the Museum Embankment Festival on Friday at 6:00 pm. From that time on, the festival highlights will be coming thick and fast. With such a wonderful variety of music to choose from, visitors are guaranteed to find a stage playing their favourite sounds. The range of live performances featuring regional and international artists is extensive, inspiring audiences to dance and sing along to their hearts’ content. DJs, bands and newcomers will also be on hand to expand on the party atmosphere.

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Meanwhile, an unusual concert series by the name of “Klang im Kloster” (“Music in the Monastery”) will have historical instruments sounding within the time-honoured walls of Carmelite Monastery, playing both mediaeval and baroque-style music. In contrast, the Organ and Choir Mile will be presenting a more contemplative style of music. Here, visitors stroll from church to church and concert to concert, experiencing a musical evening of the entirely different variety. At the “Kunstwiese”, a lawn area on the southern bank of the river, art enthusiasts will find sculptures, paintings and installations presented under blue and starry skies. Moreover, they’ll also have the opportunity to watch artists at work. All across the festival, in fact, audiences will be able to glance over the shoulders of street artists plying their trade, while fire performers demonstrate spectacular shows of heat and flame. The international arts and crafts market, meanwhile, will be presenting handmade items of most every artistic style. Those who start to feel a rumbling in their belly will find a seemingly endless selection of culinary specialities lined up along the riverside, serving delicacies from all across the globe while inviting visitors to try something new and unusual. Not all of the action occurs along the banks, however. The river itself takes centre stage for the popular dragonboat races, the second-oldest competition of its kind in all of Germany.

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With its range of activities and jovial atmosphere, the Museum Embankment Festival is a summertime event for people of all generations, impressing music fans, art enthusiasts and lovers of fine foods in equal measure. The festival’s crowning conclusion is the spectacular music and fireworks display held on Sunday evening at 10:30 pm. At this time, thousands of flares and rockets illuminate the skyline of “Mainhattan” and thus bring to a close this unique cultural celebration for yet another year.

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Further information and a detailed programme overview of the event are available as a programme booklet and online at www.museumsuferfest.de .

Festival times:
Fri, 26 th August: 3:00 pm to 1:00 am
Sat, 27 th August: 11:00 am to 1:00 am
Sun, 28 th August: 11:00 am to 00:00 am
 

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