Festival centre

Thu 12.05. to Sun 29.05. — daily 11:00 am to 11:00 pm*
Opening Thu 12.05. — 10:00 pm

The word ‘festival’ implies ‘festivity’. Festivities are exceptions to the everyday routine, something special in the yearly round. Festivities can’t be had alone, only together. And they always have a culinary aspect.

For this the right meeting place is needed. In 2022 the KunstFestSpiele festival centre is located as always at the entrance to the Herrenhausen Gardens. We welcome you to our festival tent, and beside it on the lawn under the wonderful lime tree, before and after the events or whenever you feel like it.

With food and drink for body and soul, the tried and tested freitagsküche creates just the right atmosphere for discussing the performances, or simply for rest and relaxation – in fine weather on our deckchairs. We would particularly like to invite you to the pre-performance talks with Friederike Westerhaus – and to the post-performance discussions, in which the audience takes centre stage. If you have questions or feedback relating to the festival, the performances or installations, the KunstFestSpiele team and artists look forward to meeting you at the centre.

* except Sat 28.05. — 11:00 am to 6:00 pm



freitagsküche is more than a restaurant, café or bar. It’s a social meeting place that combines cooking, food and good conversation. Exactly what a festival needs.

The freitagsküche team, with more than 15 years’ experience in mixing art, cuisine and conversation, are once again our KunstFestSpiele festival centre hosts.

In a convivial atmosphere, with freshly prepared food and delicious drinks, you can get into the mood for a festival evening or discuss the performances and the issues they raise. freitagsküche ensures you’re well looked after in the right surroundings for animated conversation in this temporary salon. Art goes on living if you talk about it together.

freitagsküche has also planned two special culinary surprises after the performances of ANΩNYMO on 15.05 and Symphonia Harmoniæ Cælestium Revelationum on 27.05.*

A very warm welcome!

*The cuisine is included in the ticket price for Symphonia Harmoniæ Cælestium Revelationum. You can purchase tickets for 10 Euro in advance or on the night for food and drink after the performance of ANΩNYMO. These tickets may be booked separately from the performance itself.

Feinkost Lampe

Tickets 5 Euro per concert

The four concerts arranged this year for the KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen by the cellar club in Hanover-Linden are marked by rich vocals and unusual instrumentation. In their newly developed genre ‘electronic handmade loopjazz’, the duo Olicía delight in experimental vocal techniques and electronics: fragmented ‘electroid’ soul, playful polyglot global pop, the emotion of folk and the improvisation within fixed structures of jazz are the disparate elements of their direct and entrancing songs.

With cello, loopstation and her many-facetted voice, the Vienna-based cellist and singer Marie Spaemann alternates unconventionally between classic, soul and jazz on her solo debut Gap – from Bach’s 2nd Cello Suite to Hebrew folk song, from Arabic love poem to her own poetic incantations.

Maija Kauhanen, from Finland, is a composer and multi-instrumentalist who uses the rural musical traditions of Finland and Karelia as the main inspiration for her songs. With her virtuosic playing of the kantele and her expressive singing, she gives the time-honoured melodies a shimmering contemporary presence. Her concert on the Orangerie’s new studio stage will also be the release of her second solo album.

In the middle of the secluded green of the Great Garden, the two Austrians from Sinfonia de Carnaval invite you to listen to the alpine charm and esprit of their new album 'Sweeping Dragon' on KunstFestSpiele Tag. With trombone, accordion, percussion, cello, piano and voice, Alois Eberl and Anna Lang revel in an opulent mix of jazz, pop, rock and funk. With their ‘instrumental art pop’ the duo explore electronic worlds and a wide range of classical playing techniques. The evenings in the festival centre are rounded off by individual DJ sets.


Thu 12.05. — 10:00 pm
m.age.project (DJ-Set)
Festival centre

Sun 15.05. — 8:00 pm
Marie Spaemann
Orangerie Hinterbühne

Fri 20.05. — 9:00 pm
Orangerie Hinterbühne
Post-concert: Kay Le Fay (DJ-Set)
Festival centre

Sun 22.05. — 5:00 und 7:15 pm
Sinfonia de Carnaval
Great Garden / Rehearsal stage

Fri 27.05. — 9:00 pm
Maija Kauhanen
Orangerie Hinterbühne
Post-concert: wandkontakt (DJ-Set)
Festival centre

Sun 29.05. — 8:30 pm
Closing party
Herr Wieland (DJ-Set)
Festival centre



The festival centre is accessible at ground level, with a lawn serving as the underground. Toilets for people with disabilities are located at the cash desk of Schloss Herrenhausen. The venues for Art & Cuisine (Orangenparterre and the space between Orangerie and Galerie) are accessible without steps. See HCC Kuppelsaal and Städtische Galerie KUBUS for information on access the venues. See Accessibility for more information.



Currently no covid related restrictions are applied to our performances. However, we still recommend wearing an FFP2 mask indoors, following general hygiene rules and maintaining distance where possible.


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