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Festivals in Göttingen


  • Göttingen Wanderlust Festival (Fernweh Festival)
    Videos, slides and travel presentations take viewers on trips around the world for one or two hours. Every year in late January, the Wanderlust Festival gives visitors a taste of their next vacation adventure in the rooms of the main lecture hall building (ZHG).

  • February

  • Göttingen Puppet Theatre
    Hand puppets, marionettes or even the classic art of shadow play: Puppet theatre has many facets. Puppeteers from around the world show off their latest performances for two weeks every February.

  • March

  • St. Patrick's Day
    Göttingen goes green: On 17 March each year, the Irish national holiday is celebrated with a parade through the city.


  • International Easter Improv Festival in Göttingen
    Improvisational dance, theatre, music and painting: Participation is encouraged.

  • May

  • Göttingen International Ethnographic Film Festival
    This festival gives visitors an insight into the current documentary cinema. New films, videos and interactive media provide a glimpse into foreign worlds, or even into the world just outside your front door.

  • International Handel Festival in Göttingen
    Top-class music festival that takes place every year, dedicated to the baroque composer George Frideric Handel. The highlight of the festival is an operatic performance.

  • June

  • DIES Academicus
    Traditional university sports day, on which students and employees measure their strength and skill. Tournaments are complemented by dance performances, games and hands-on activities; in the evening, the big party begins.
    DIES Academicus

  • Göttingen Jewish Culture Days
    Every year in summer, the Jewish House of Learning (not-for-profit association) in Göttingen invites visitors to get an impression of Jewish culture, religion, music and dance.

  • Göttingen Cultural Summer
    Umbrella term for the Göttingen summer highlights:
  • Göttingen Culture Night
    Dancing and Music in the city.
    Nacht der Kultur

  • Open Air Kino im Freibad Brauweg
    Outdoor cinema: Recent and classic film under the stars – free swimming included

  • July

  • Unicante Summer Night Concerts
    The choir of the Studentenwerk with a broad repertoire. Don't forget to buy a ticket in advance.
    Unicante aktuell

  • August
  • Open Air Festival at the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Park (KWP)
    Outdoor music festival in the woods.

  • September

  • Göttinger Gänseliesel Festival
    This festival is meant to celebrate and honour the Göttingen "Gänseliesel", or Goose Girl, the landmark of the city of Göttingen. On this Sunday, city shops are open and invite you to pop in and take a look around.

  • NDR2 Soundcheck Festival
    National and international newcomers present their songs. This festival takes place over several days.

  • October

  • Göttingen Literary Autumn
    Authors from around the world read from their latest works during this two-week festival; the reading locations are spread throughout the city.

  • LGBT Culture Days
    Four weeks of lectures, workshops, music and parties every autumn provide visitors with a colourful insight into the queer life in Göttingen.


  • Göttingen European Film Festival
    For two weeks, current film productions from all over Europe can be seen at the repertory cinema Lumiere in Göttingen. Every day, the festival focuses on a different country; the films are shown in their original language with subtitles.

  • Göttingen Jazz Festival
    For two days, musicians from around the world present their latest jazz creations.

  • December

  • Göttingen Indian Culture Days
    Dance performances, workshops, films and much more offer visitors an insight into the culture of the largest subcontinent in the world.