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Kieler Woche is also a unique event on dry land: every year, in the last week of June, more than three million people from 70 countries visit the biggest summer festival in northern Europe.
Over ten days, Kiel puts its best foot forward with a unique mix of cultural, musical, political and social highlights.
Kieler Woche 18 — 26 June 2011
Kieler Woche is never only about watersports: an established part of the programme every year involves competitions and encounters in more than 30 sports, including cycling, golf, basketball, bowling, canoe polo, handball, hockey, rugby, roller-skating, chess and the schoolkids’ road race.
And what else is there? An endless forest of yacht masts on the banks of the firth, over one hundred windjammers and traditional sailing boats moored on the quayside and the fascination of tall ships in the windjammer parade, with more than 100 ships taking part and a lot more.
A very special event is the Kieler Woche opening ceremony which takes place in the Town Hall Square on Saturday. During the traditional Holstenbummel that follows, the whole city centre becomes one giant party zone, and remains so for the days that follow. With lots of music, international specialities and mini cabaret, there’s something for everyone.
The Kieler Woche stages will already be in full swing on the eve of the opening; for ten days, Germany’s longest open-air festival will be presenting a programme that just couldn’t be more multifaceted, with folk, pop, rock and classical music on offer.
A special atmosphere and special guests are guaranteed each year for the “Gewaltig leise” (immensely quiet) series of concerts on the Krusenkoppel open-air stage. Next door, kids will be tinkering, hammering, bolting and rampaging on the adjacent Spiellinie (kid´s playground and festival area), Germany’s biggest cultural children’s attraction. In addition, specialities, music and cabaret performances from all over the world will be on offer at the International Market in front of the Town Hall.
Walk acts, comedians, clowns, magicians, acrobats and pantomimes – they will all be on the streets for the entire Kieler Woche. Kiel’s museums and galleries will also be pulling in the crowds with special exhibitions, while the city’s classical performance venues will present an exclusive programme of operas, plays and ballet. A further highlight will be the classical open-air concert with the Kiel Philharmonic Orchestra.
Another top aspect of Kieler Woche: institutes, associations and clubs will be inviting visitors to attend presentations and discussions on current affairs. A traditional guest at these events is the Diplomatic Corps. Additionally, delegates from Kiel’s twin cities will be meeting for an international city forum, while the Kiel Institute for World Economy will also be awarding its Global Economy Prize,
as it does every year in Kieler Woche. Rounding off the multifaceted programme will be the exciting popular scientific presentations on oceanography held in the aquarium, or those on economy held in the Kiel Institute for World Economics.