Festival centre

Fri 12.05. – Sun 28.05. / 11:00 – 23:00*

Welcome to our festival centre, right at the entrance to the Herrenhausen Gardens. If the festival has a hub, then it’s here. Artists, audiences, visitors to the gardens, the KunstFestSpiele team, young and old meet here in a place that’s open to all. Or outside on the lawn under the wonderfully shady lime tree.

Food and drink from Frankfurt’s legendary freitagsküche create the right atmosphere for a short chat and a snack, an intensive discussion over a full meal – or just to relax and chill. The Orangerie, Galerie and Arne Jacobsen Foyer form the superb background for this unique setting.

The festival centre is open during the daytime and before and after the performances. It is the venue for almost all of NDR presenter Friederike Westerhaus’s talks with festival artists, the meeting place for the Festival Campus, and the canteen for the technical and artistic team. If you have questions or feedback about the festival, performances and installations, this is where you’ll always find a friendly ear.

We look forward to meeting you!

Mon. 15.05 and Mon. 22.05 until 8 p.m., Sat. 20.05 to 5 p.m.



freitagsküche is a meeting place and venue that combines cuisine, eating in company and good conversation. Just what a festival needs.

This year freitagsküche are our hosts once again in the KunstFestSpiele festival centre. Here you can get in the mood for the performances and installations in a pleasant atmosphere with freshly prepared food and hot or cold drinks, or round off an evening with a discussion about art and life. The menu is inspiring, individual and short, with ingredients of the highest quality.

Apart from their daily fare, freitagsküche extend an invitation to five unusual culinary evenings in the series Art & Cuisine*, inspired by KunstFestSpiele performances. The menus** were prompted by the themes of the pieces or the artists themselves. At these events you can share your experiences and associations after the show. The artists will join the company in the course of the evening.

A very warm welcome!

* Please remember to bring appropriate clothing for the not-so-warm spring nights after the performances.

** Every meal also has a vegan variation.



Art & Cuisine

Fri 12.05. / after O Sentimental Machine
Festival centre
Shared menu – beef Stroganoff mixed or unmixed; vodka, bacon, pickles, bread, etc.

Sun 14.05. / after Sons of Sissy
Festival centre
Inspired by a traditional country feast – a big Upper Austrian village meal with music and lots of pork.

Thu 18.05. / after Rolling Stone
Festival centre
The lambs of God – cooking between hot stones and heaven.

Fri 19.05. / after Verwandlung eines Wohnzimmers
Festival centre
Japanese-inspired – ramen and teppanyaki at the artistically decorated table.

Thu 25.05. / after Leonidas Kavakos
Greek mezedes and a hotpot on every table.

 16 Euros per event (plus charges, no discount available)


Access to the festival centre is barrier-free. It is accessible at ground level, the base is a wooden floor. Toilets for people with disabilities are located at the castle ticket office.
See Accessibility for more information.


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Production management Laura Becker