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During documenta, Kassel is brimming with small and large, well-marketed and secret events in venues all over town. Drop by the tourism office for the latest information. Here's our small selection of events this summer. See below for venue codes.
Bergpark Wasserspiele water features
Wed, Sun & public holidays; 1 July, 5 Aug, 2 Sept
Enjoy the magnificent water features of the Bergpark as the water streams through between 14:00-16:00. On the first Sat of each month there's an additional lit-up show at 21:45 (2 Sept at 20:45) with festivities beforehand at Wilhelmshöhe castle. See also www.beleuchtete-wasserspiele.de.
The Orangerie restaurant has free live music every day of the documenta festival. The Kulturzelt on the riverbank has German and international acts every Wed-Sat from 30 June to 19 August.
13 June, 19:30
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox (USA)
Vintage versions of modern pop songs.
19 June, 20:00
Conductor Patrik Ringborg, Gustav Mahler's 3rd symphony
Ulrike Schneider, alto.
20 July, 19:30
Valerie June (USA)
Soulful folk, blues and gospel songs by a new rising star; her latest album The Order of Time gets rave reviews.
2 August, 19:30
Alternative country sung with Kurt Wagners unmistakable voice.
16 August, 19:30
Manchester's hottest young band: jazz meets electronic dance music.
17 Sept, 20:00
Conductor: Anja Bihlmaier, solists: Staatsorchester Kassel horn section.
Works by Jörg Widmann, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Arnold Schönberg.
3,10,15,18,28 June, 15 Sept; 19:30
Sophocles' tragedy Antigone was converted into an opera by Tommaso Traetta in 1772. In Italian with German surtitles.
30 Aug, 9,16,21,24,29 Sept; 19:00
Opera by Umberto Giordano, musical director Francesco Angelico.
10 June - 17 September
The world's best contemporary art exhibition is back in Kassel with artworks by over 100 artists in dozens of locations.
Until 17 September
Caricatura 7 – System Error
Works by 50 of the best cartoonists surveying our insane modern times.
Until 8 October
Herkules 300 – Rebirth of a hero
A special exhibition about the 300-year-old statue of Hercules, presenting the original Greek myth, the historical statue designs that were based on an ancient statue discovered in Rome, drawings and photographs as well as contemporary views of the demigod superhero.
Herkules 300 years birthday weekend
The city's crowning glory, the statue of Hercules at the top of the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, was inaugurated 300 years ago. To celebrate our demigod's auspicious birthday, visit the park for a weekend of free admission to all Bergpark attractions, special events and tours and of course the chance to see the Wasserkunst cascades and fountains spilling into action, wonderfully lit up at night.
Frühlingsfest Spring Festival
Music, food, culture and family fun; performances by among others Neonschwarz, Anonimi, Mykket Morton (Fri) and RasgaRasga, Rue Royale, Sebastian Sturm & Exile Airline (Sat). Admission free, Sat evening €5.
Classic car rally and show in the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe.
Volksfest festival around the river Fulda, with boat races, waterskiing shows, live music, fairground attractions, fireworks, food and drinks. More information: www.zissel.de.
Fulda riverbanks and Auedamm
29 Sept - 1 Oct
Market- and culture festival
Large city-centre festival with market stands, street food and shopping till midnight on Friday. More information: www.marktfestival-kassel.de.
BP – Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe, tel. +49 561 31 68 07 81, www.museum-kassel.de.
CA – Caricatura Museum, Rainer-Dierichs-Platz 1, KulturBahnhof, tel. +49 561 77 64 99, www.caricatura.de.
KP – Kongress Palais Kassel Stadthalle, Holger-Börner-Platz 1.
KS - Kulturzentrum Schlachthof, Mombachstr. 10, tel. +49 561 98 35 00, www.schlachthof-kassel.de.
KZ – KulturZelt Kassel, Auedamm, tel. +49 561 78 80 60, www.kulturzelt-kassel.de.
ST – Staatstheater Kassel, Friedrichsplatz 15, tel. +49 561 109 40, www.staatstheater-kassel.de.
SW – Museum Schloss Wilhelmshöhe, tel. +49 561 31 68 00, www.museum-kassel.de.