Festival tent

With its unique atmosphere, our festival tent is based again between the Ehrenhof and the Orangerie for the duration of the KunstFestSpiele. As a place for meetings and conversations, eating and relaxing, partying and dancing, the festival tent is as lively and varied as the KunstFestSpiele as a whole.

freitagsküche, from Frankfurt, provide a culinary and artistic backdrop for all participants and visitors to the festival and gardens: during the day as a café and canteen, in the evening as a bar and restaurant. Artists and audience can meet here in a relaxed atmosphere or take a look inside the kitchen.  

At the talks in the festival tent the American cultural expert and music journalist Matthew Gurewitsch dialogues with our director Ingo Metzmacher and festival artists about what makes their work special.

As in previous years, Feinkost Lampe, experts for spatial sound from Hannover-Linden, are curating the club programme. With its concerts, DJ sets and premiere parties, the tent is once again the central meeting place during the KunstFestSpiele.


Feinkost Lampe concerts in the festival tent

The musical delicacies in the festival tent range from post-classic to house, from pianistic pop to wordless agitprop. Each of the four evenings has a colour spectrum all its own, together with a matching spatial-sound set from the Feinkost Lampe DJs.

The New Zealand composer, violist, producer and arranger John Metacalfe makes the start on 30.09. and will blur the boundaries between electronic and classical music to create an exciting organic flow of beauty.

With a new build harp and his freshly pressed third album ‘DIVEN’ in his luggage, sound-art bard Hans Unstern bewitches on 03.10. with his mixture of gentle eccentricity and ungentle sassiness and pathos, golden wire and laugh-line feather boa and prima-donna poetry. Then, on 04.10., Wild Beasts singer Hayden Thorpe takes to the piano to interpret the songs from his haunting solo debut Diviner in his distinctive falsetto. On 07.10. there’s concertante club music from the OhOhOhs – a classical pianist with love of melody and repetition, and a percussionist at home in Afro-Cuban downbeats and funk. Try not to dance!

And to begin and end the festival there are sublime grooves from the turntables to fill the festival tent with ecstatic vibes and set the audience in motion.      

Atmosphäre 2018
Fri 25.09. – 21:00
Opening party
m.age.project - globelectronica (DJ Set)
John Metcalfe
Wed 30.09. – from 19:00
Kay Le Fay (DJ Set)
John Metcalfe
Hans Unstern
Sat 03.10. – from 19:00
wandkontakt (DJ Set)
Hans Unstern 
Hayden Thorpe neu
Sun 04.10. – from 20:30
Herr Wieland (DJ-Set)
Hayden Thorpe
The OhOhOhs

Wed 07.10. – from 19:00
Stoff (DJ Set)
The OhOhOhs
Sun 11.10. – 21:00
Festival closing
Luv Eclectic grooves, soul and modern noises (DJ Set)




Tickets Tischgespräche
 18 Euro (1 meal including 1 drink)

Bar will stay open during the Tischgespräche

For freitagsküche, eating is a social event that combines cuisine with art and simultaneously promotes dialogue.

freitagsküche serve freshly prepared food every day in the festival tent, and at the ‘table talks’ they create an opportunity for audience and artists to meet in a relaxed atmosphere.

On these evenings the chefs interpret the wishes of the artists gastronomically. When the dishes are placed on the table, sharing out the risotto, roast beef or couscous sets the conversation flowing about what the diners have just experienced in the performance. And even if you haven’t seen the show, you’re still very welcome to just come and spend an enjoyable evening.

Since its foundation in 2004 in Frankfurt am Main, freitagsküche has successfully applied this principle. The connection between art and cooking has a particular tradition in Frankfurt, and goes back to the Städelschule restaurant introduced by Prof. Peter Kubelka.

Dates Tischgespräche

Fri 25.09. – Tischgespräche 1 for MONUMENT 0.7: M/OTHERS

Sat 26.09. – Tischgespräche 2 for Second Self: Beethoven Resurrection

Fri 02.10. – Tischgespräche 3 for Until the Last of Our Labours is Done

Tue 06.10. – Tischgespräche 4 for L`Ailleurs de l`autre

Fri 09.10. – Tischgespräche 5 for Spiel | Wry smile dry sob



with Matthew Gurewitsch
 Talks with Matthew Gurewitsch

As a place for discussions and encounters, for relaxing and eating, for partying and dancing, the festival tent is as diverse and lively as the KunstFestSpiele itself.

After last year's success, we are pleased to welcome the American music journalist Matthew Gurewitsch to us again this year. In the course of the KunstFestSpiele, Gurewitsch will speak to our director Ingo Metzmacher and artists of the festival and discuss the peculiarities of their art with them in his talk series.

Dates Talk

Sat 26.09. - 18:00
Talk Michel van der Aa / Matthew Gurewitsch (in English)

Sun 27.09. - 21:00
Talk Ingo Metzmacher / Matthew Gurewitsch (in German)

Tue 29.09. - 18:00
Talk Erwan Kerawec / Matthew Gurewitsch (in English)

Thu 01.10. - 18:00
Talk Jean-Frédéric Neuburger, Jean-François Heisser / Matthew Gurewitsch (in English)

Tue 06.10. - 18:00
Talk Aliénor Dauchez / Matthew Gurewitsch (in English)

Wed 07.10. - 18:00
Talk Manfred Trojahn / Matthew Gurewitsch (in German)

Sat 10.10. - 18:00
Talk Rugilė Barzdžiukaitė und Lina Lapelytė / Matthew Gurewitsch (in English)

Sun 11.10. - 16:30
Talk Johannes Fischer / Matthew Gurewitsch (in German)



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