KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen 2021

12th edition of the KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen
13. - 30.05.2021 (extended until 06.06.2021 due to the pandemic)

The KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen 2021 started purely digitally in the first two festival weeks due to corona. Briefly extended by a week, an 11-day stage festival, partly outdoors in the Herrenhausen Gardens, was able to start on May 27 with a significant drop in incidences.

The online program of the KunstFestSpiele opened on May 13 with Raed Yassin's new work The Sea Between My Soul, which was shown as a recording. The program was followed by live digital broadcasts from the Herrenhausen Gardens or from studios in the places of origin of the invited artists and ensembles.

The premiere of Heiner Goebbels' Liberté d'Action in the Great Garden finally opened the live stage program in front of an enthusiastic audience. Around half of the events between 27.05. and 06.06. could finally be played on site despite pandemic times with audiences, albeit with significantly reduced seating capacity. Other highlights of the KunstFestSpiele 2021 were concerts with, among others, Patricia Kopatchinskaja or Derya Yıldırım, the light installation lost artefacts, lost presence by Mischa Kuball and theater evenings with the Grande Dame of European theater Viviane De Muynck. For the first time in the history of the KunstFestSpiele, the Graft of the Great Garden was navigated by boat, designed as an audio tour by the artist group YRD.Works. The festival center with its open tent in the fresh air offered artists, spectators and the KunstFestSpiele team optimal conditions to meet each other despite the pandemic situation and to enjoy the culinary delights of the freitagsküche. The festival campus Niedersachsen as an educational mission could also be carried out again with safety distances and masks and enable students from the subjects music, art and theater conversations and discussions with artists and scientists.

The realization of the 2021 program was made possible solely by the flexibility of the artists, the concession of Ronald Clark, the director of the Herrenhausen Gardens, and the organizational performance of the entire team around Intendant Ingo Metzmacher. Extensive rapid test offers for the audience, daily tests for the entire team and the artists and a detailed hygiene concept contributed to the safety of the festival. There was no corona case during the entire runtime.

Key visual

Graphic: Aoki & Matsumoto, Cover: Paula Codoñer



Arne Jacobsen Foyer, Galerie, Orangerie, Orangenparterre, Großer Garten, Meadow next to the viewing terrace, Overseas container, DHC-Halle, Graft

Download material

Programme book 2021

Programme outdoor 2021

Programme online 2021

Press kit 2021

Sponsors and partners 2021



Der Prozess II - RAF

Mobile theater installation for 4 people each
Thu 27.05. (premiere), Fri 28.05., Mon, 31.05., Tue 01.06., Wed 02.06., Thu 03.06. - each at 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm
Sat 29.05., Sun 30.05., Fri 04.06., Sat 05.06., Sun 06.06. - each at 1:30 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:30 pm, 7:30 pm und 9:30 pm
Container behind the Orangerie



Boat trip with audio guide
Thu 27.05. (premiere), Mon 31.05. - Sa 04.06. - each at 8:30 pm and 10:00 pm
Fri 28.05. - 8:30 pm, 10:00 pm and 11:00 pm
Sat 29.05., Sun 30.05., Sat 05.06. - each at 6:30 pm, 8:30 pm and 10:00 pm
Sun 06.06. - 04:30 am, 6:30 pm, 8:30 pm and 10:00 pm


lost artefacts, lost presence

Mischa Kuball
Video installation
Thu 27.05. - 06.06. - each at 9:30 pm
Arne Jacobsen Foyer


Liberté d'Action

Heiner Goebbels, David Bennent, Ensemble Modern
Scenic concert with texts by Henri Michaux
Thu 27.05. - 10:00 pm (premiere)
Fri 28.05. - 9:30 pm
Meadow next to the viewing terrace / Großer Garten



Georg Nigl, Ingo Metzmacher
Fri 28.05. - 7:30 pm
Fri 04.06. - 9:00 pm
Orangenpaterre/ Großer Garten, Galerie


DJ Set - Feinkost Lampe

DJ Wandkontakt, Lisa Morgenstern
DJ Set
Sat 29.05. - 7:00 pm (Wandkontakt)
Sat 29.05. - 9:00 pm (Morgenstern)


Molly Bloom

Viviane De Muynck, Jan Lauwers, Needcompany
Sun 30.05. - 7:30 pm
Orangenpaterre/ Großer Garten


Pierre-Laurent Aimard & Tamara Stefanovich

Werke von Birtwistle und Bartók
Mo 31.05. - 5:00 pm, 7:30 pm


Mal - Embriaguez Divina

Marlene Monteiro Freitas
Mon 31.05. - 9:30 pm
Meadow next to the viewing terrace/ Großer Garten

Patricia Kopatchinskaja & Reto Bieri

Mit Werken von Bach, Dick, Schulhoff and much more
Tue 01.06. - 9:30 pm
Meadow next to the viewing terrace/ Großer Garten
The Lichtenberg Figures - Reloaded

Eva Reiter, Ictus
Wed 02.06. - 7:30 pm


Kate McIntosh
Participative installation
Thu 03.06. - Sat 05.06. - each at 3:00 pm
Sun 06.06. - at 2:00 pm


100 Cymbals / But what about the noise of crumpling paper

Ryoji Ikeda, John Cage, Les Percussions de Strasbourg
Thu 03.06. and Fri 04.06. - each at 7:30 pm


The Mountain

Agrupación Señor Serrano
Theater, live video, performance
Sat 05.06. - 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm


Farm Fatale

Philippe Quesne
Sun 06.06. - 7:30 pm
Meadow next to the viewing terrace/ Großer Garten


DJ Herr Wieland und Hania Rani & Dobrawa Czocher

Feinkost Lampe Concert
Sun 06.06. - 7:00 pm (Her Wieland)
Sun 06.06. - 9:00 pm (Hania Rani & Dobrawa Czocher)


Were cancelled due to the pandemic:


landscape and bodies: Water and Coltan

Daniel Kötter, Anna Ptak, Elisa Limberg
Theater, parcours


landscape and bodies: Gold and Coal

Daniel Kötter, Sarah Israel, Elisa Limberg
Theater, parcours


Big Bears Cry Too

Miet Warlop


MONUMENT 0.6: HETEROCHRONIE / Palermo 1599 - 1920

Eszter Salamon


Online program 2021

The Sea Between My Soul

Raed Yassin
Rock musical, theater, audio visual installation
Thu 13.05. - 8:00 pm


Florian Weber & Ensemble Modern

Fri 14.05. - 8:00 pm
online (live from Frankfurt am Main)


Opus Infinity

Shiva Feshareki, Ensemble Modern
Sat 15.05. - 8:00 pm


Des Canyons aux Étoiles

Olivier Messiaen, NDR Radiophilharmonie, Ingo Metzmacher
Sun 16.05. - 11:00 am
online – live from the Großer Sendesaal of the NDR


Derya's Songbook

Derya Yıldırım, Ensemble Resonanz
Concert, stream
Sun 16.05. - 8:00 pm
online - live from the Galerie in Herrenhausen


Niklas Paschburg

Feinkost Lampe Concert
Sun 16.05. - 9:00 pm



with Friederike Westerhaus
Talk a.o. with Viviane De Muynck and Heiner Goebbels and much more
Thu 13.05., Sat 22.05., Thu 27.05., Sat 30.05., Mon 31.05., Tue 01.06., Wed 02.06., Fri 04.06.


Until the Last of Our Labour's is Done

Vlatka Horvat
Fri 21.05. - 8:00 (premiere)


Van Eyck Diagrams

Music theater
Sat 22.05. - 8:00 pm


Chapelier Fou

Feinkost Lampe Concert
Sat 22.05. - 9:00 pm


Before Falling Seek the Assistance of Your Cane

Rabih Mroué
Lecture performance
Sun 23.05. - 8:00 pm
online - live from Berlin


Team 2021

Ingo Metzmacher

Assistance to the Intendance                                                                        
Mascha Schmid

Stephan Buchberger (management), Beate Schüler

Artistic Operations Directorate                                                                
Marlies Leibitzki

Lena Breitfuß (management), Anton Fuchs, Sandra Hoffmann, Vivien Hohnholz, Jonathan Kirn, Lina Mayer, Myriam Pechan, Isabel Reichert,  Sarah Reichert, Corinna Tetzel, Kristin Wolter, Victor Zapata, Lara Hamborg (FSJ Kultur)

Artistic Operations Office                                                                     
Julia von Knebel

Willi Brune (management), Wiglev von Wedel

Press, Marketing and Online                             
Hendrik von Boxberg, Vera Fleischer, Derya Irrgang

Sponsoring, Fundraising                                                                             
Simone Anna Blumenthal

Curator KunstFestSpiele Campus and Symposium                          
Philipp Schulte, Antonia Rohwetter

Support Festival Team                                                                      
Isabella Guzy, Ceven Jänisch

Peter Müller KulturManagement

Aoki & Matsumoto

Stephan Buchberger, Beate Schüler, Vera Fleischer, Marlies Leibitzki, Mascha Schmid, Hendrik von Boxberg

Michael Turnbull

Directorate Herrenhäuser Gärten                                                               
Ronald Clark

We would like to thank Ronald Clark, Director of the Herrenhausen Gardens, and all the other employees of the Herrenhausen Gardens for their excellent cooperation.