Dortmund has been dubbed the “City of Cultural Festivals.” Indeed, there are many interesting and unique Dortmund events that will delight and interest its many visitors. At every time of the year, there are some new going-ons in Dortmund.
International Culture Days
The biannual Internationale Kulturtage Dortmund is an event that has been a tradition since 1957. With over 100 artistic and cultural presentations, this festival has become a national event. Some highlights include international dance, theater, literature, photography and music.
Another internationally-inclined Dortmund event is the Micro!Festival. This is a street fair that hosts different musicians from around the world, as well as some foreign theater performances. It has been growing in popularity for the last decade.
Extraschicht (Industrial Heritage Night)
A unique event on the Dortmund calendar is the Industrial Heritage Night a.k.a. Extraschicht. The coal mines and museums come together for a night of special events in this region known for its industrial past.
International Women’s Film Festival Dortmund
The Dortmund Film Festival is a new addition to its annual attractions. Featuring a wide variety of films, from shorts to feature lengths, documentaries to avant-garde, this biannual event (every second year, it moves to Cologne) is a must for any movie aficionado.
Dortmund Music Festival
This Dortmund Event is a much-awaited yearly occasion. The Dortmund Philharmonic is the prime partner for this music festival. You will be able to hear such offerings as classical concertos, musicals and mini-operas.
Rock in the Ruins
If you prefer a guitar to the piano, then the Rock in the Ruins festival (German: Rock in den Ruinen) is just for you. Live and loud rock music is performed in the Hohensyburg castle every year on April 30th.