Talks / Specials / Podcast

Friederike Westerhaus in conversation with…

Let’s talk about art. We want to facilitate communication between the audience and artists, and the audience and the festival team.

Have you seen a performance or a concert and would like to learn more about it or get to know the performers differently? NDR presenter Friederike Westerhaus invites artists to talk to her about their work in Friederike Westerhaus in Conversation with…


Sat 18.05 / after Encantado
... two dancers of the Companhia de Danças 
DHC-Halle (free admission, in English)

Mon 20.05 / 4.15 p.m. on MASS
... Ingo Metzmacher
Festival centre (free admission, in German)

Thu 23.05 / after The Making of Berlin
... Yves Degryse
Orangerie (free admission, in English)

... Marta Górnicka
DHC-Halle (free admission, in English)

Wed 29.05 / after The answer is land
... members of the Elle Sofe Company
DHC-Halle (free admission, in English)

Fri 31.05 / after The Köln Concert
... Trajal Harrell
DHC-Halle (free admission, in English)




Introduction to Rhapsody in Yellow: A Ping Pong Piano Battle
with Ming Wong, Henry Hao-An Cheng and Ingo Metzmacher
Fri 17.05 / 6.45 p.m.
Foyer Schauspielhaus (admission with ticket, in English)

Opening & talk to Nzuko – The Gathering
with Emeka Ogboh and Beate Schüler

Sat 18.05 / 5.30 p.m.
Arne Jacobsen Foyer (free admission, in English)

Von außen gesehen (Seen from outside)
Panel discussion in cooperation with Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung
Thu 23.05 / 6 p.m.
Terrace at Gartensaal / Neues Rathaus (free admission, in German)

Introduction to MASS: A Thetare Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers
with Ingo Metzmacher
Sun 26.05 / 10.15 a.m.
HCC Kuppelsaal (admission with ticket, in German)




Listen now: podcast “Des Pudels Kern” with Julian Hetzel and Nikita Dhawan

Julian Hetzel (director of the KunstFestSpiele production SPAfrica with performer Ntando Cele) and Prof. Dr. Nikita Dhawan (postcolonial theorist and professor at TU Dresden) met Elisa Erkelenz and David-Maria Gramse of Des Pudels Kern in April at the Hanover Linden bar WeinZeit for an entertaining and provocative conversation about the ambivalences of the global art world and empathy and trauma as the new gold.

Now, you can listen to the conversation on “empathy” (held in German) on all relevant audio streaming channels.



Watch SPAfrica, the theatre performance referred to in the podcast, live at KunstFestSpiele on Tue 28.05 in the Orangerie Herrenhausen.


In die Gärten mit...

Every year the KunstFestSpiele invite outstanding artists to Hanover. With our podcast we would like to give our audience the opportunity to hear about what these practitioners are currently working on, what concerns them personally and how they perceive the Herrenhäuser Gardens. The radio journalist Juliane Reil meets selected artists before and during the KunstFestSpiele and joins them in conversation in the gardens. They can choose whether to walk in the Großer Garten, the Berggarten or the public Georgengarten. The gardens, we frequently observe, and Leibniz already knew, are wonderful places for intense conversation and discussion. Try it for yourself.

The conversations from the past two festivals can still be heard on Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts or Spotify under ‘KunstFestSpiele’.

We wish you good listening.




Unfortunately, access to the Arne Jacobsen Foyer is not barrier-free. The location of the live-podcast, WeinZeit, is accessible via a low staircase. See DHC-Halle, Galerie, OrangerieHCC Kuppelsaal, Schauspielhaus, Terrace at Gartensaal and festival centre for information on access the venues. See Accessibility for more information.