Festival tent

Fri 25.09. til Sun 11.10. – daily 12:00 - 23:00

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, 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.

At the talks in the festival tent the music journalist Friederike Westerhaus 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 andDJ sets, 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 set the atmosphere.      

Atmosphäre 2018
Thu 24.09. – 21:00
Opening party
m.age.project - globelectronica (DJ Set)
John Metcalfe
Wed 30.09. – 21:00 / warum up from 19:00
Kay Le Fay (DJ Set)
John Metcalfe
Hans Unstern
Sat 03.10. – 21:00 / warum up from 19:00
wandkontakt (DJ Set)
Hans Unstern 
Hayden Thorpe neu
Sun 04.10. – 19:30 / warum up from 19:00
Herr Wieland (DJ-Set)
Hayden Thorpe
The OhOhOhs

Wed 07.10. – 21:00 / warum up 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’ set the conversation flowing about what the diners have just experienced in the performance.

This year, the evenings will focus on the menus suggested by the artists which will be commented on and presented by the chef and the dramaturge and can then be enjoyed in a cosy atmosphere. 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

Sat 26.09. – Tischgespräche 1 for Second Self: Beethoven Resurrection

Tue 06.10. – Tischgespräche 2 for L`Ailleurs de l`autre

Fri 09.10. – Tischgespräche 3 for Spiel | Wry smile dry sob



with Friederike Westerhaus and others

We are pleased to welcome music journalist Friedrike Westerhaus to us again this year. In the course of the KunstFestSpiele, Westerhaus 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

Wed 23.09. - 21:30 (at Orangenpaterre or Galerie, depending on the weather)
Talk with Robert Henke - by dramaturge Beate Schüler (in German)

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

Sun 27.09. - 20:30
Talk with Ingo Metzmacher (in German)

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

Tue 06.10. - 18:00
Talk with Aliénor Dauchez (in German)

Wed 07.10. - 18:30
Talk with Manfred Trojahn (in German)

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

Sun 11.10. - 16:30
Talk with Johannes Fischer (in German)



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