Talks / Specials / Podcast

Friederike Westerhaus in Concersation with…

Let’s talk about art. We want to facilitate communication between audience and artists, and amongst the audience. We invite you to discuss what you have seen, heard and experienced. If you have been to a concert or performance and would like to learn more about it or get to know the performers differently, NDR presenter Friederike Westerhaus invites artists to an informal talk to discuss their work in Friederike Westerhaus in Conversation with …

Thu 18.05 / after BITBYBIT
... Kasper Vandenberghe
Festival centre (free admission, in English)

Thu 18.05 / ca. 7.15 p.m. after This joy
... Tino Sehgal
Festival centre (free admission, in German)

Sat 20.05 / after Metamorphosis of a Living Room
... Toshiki Okada and Dai Fujikura
DHC-Halle (free admission, in German)

Sun 21.05 / 2 p.m.
... with dramaturge Rainer Hofmann, members of the  Babylon ORCHESTRA and Yvan Clédat (Poufs aux sentiments)
Festival centre (free admission, partially in English)

Tue 23.05 / after Common Ground
... Anouk van Dijk
Orangerie (free admission, in English)

Fri 26.05 / after All right. Good Night.
... Helgard Haug
DHC Halle (free admission, in German)

Sat 27.05 / 9 p.m.
... Bia Ferreira
Galerie (admission only with ticket for the performance, in English)



Thu 11.05 / 6.30 p.m.
Schauspielhaus foyer (admission with ticket for the performance)

Director Thom Luz and dramaturge Kaatje de Geest (NTGent) introduce Maison Maeterlinck / Theater Immobiel.

Artist Talk
Sat 13.05 / 8.30 p.m.
Festival centre (free admission, in English)

Festival director Ingo Metzmacher and dramaturge Beate Schüler talk to Barbara Hannigan and Justine Emard.

Sun 21.05 / 10.15 a.m.
HCC Kuppelsaal (admission with ticket for the performance)

Ingo Metzmacher, director of the KunstFestSpiele, introduces Mahler’s 8th Symphony and describes preparations for the concert in Hanover.


Production management Laura Becker



Podcast with audience

Des Pudels Kern with Charly Hübner and Ingo Metzmacher

Des Pudels Kern is a series of talks on classical music, pop, philosophy, art and science.

We suck off the fat, listen back and into the future. What does Mozart's Figaro tell us about the abuse of power, what do martial arts and bowing have in common and what do we learn about romanticism for life in a climate catastrophe? Der Pudel offers the listener direct access to music and what it has to say: about the beauty of the world and the crises of our time.

From May, the podcast will be available at

Moderation and concept Elisa Erkelenz, David-Maria Gramse




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.




The festival centre is accessible at ground level, the base is a wooden floor. Toilets for people with disabilities are located at the cash desk of Schloss Herrenhausen.

See DHC-Halle, Galerie, OrangerieHCC Kuppelsaal and Schauspielhaus for information on access the venues. See Accessibility for more information.