Schild: documenta-Stadt Kassel


Kassel is looking forward to dOCUMENTA (13) and a lively city-wide cultural programme and to meeting hundreds of thousands of visitors from all over the world.
We hope you enjoy your cultural voyage of discovery through Kassel.


Curtain up: on 9th June, dOCUMENTA (13) will begin - the most important art exhibition in the world. For one hundred days, more than 150 artists from 55 countries and participants from throughout the world will come together and present a variety of artistic practices. The exhibition venues are distributed across the whole of Kassel. Traditional venues are to be used, as well as cinemas and festival halls from the 1950s. The central point of dOCUMENTA (13) is the Karlsaue, as well as the Fridericianum.

Event highlights

Under the slogan "Culture Everywhere", the city of Kassel is presenting the "city programme in the documenta year - KASSELCULTURE2012" with over one thousand 1,000 cultural projects and events from different fields and areas.

Kassel dream summer

Kultursommer Nordhessen entices visitors with magical events and the state theatre presents "The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets" by Tom Waits. Whilst the Brothers Grimm Festival is revamping a classic with the fairytale musical "Rapunzel", the culture tent that has long since become a cult object is ensuring a hot summer with old and new stage discoveries from all over the world...

Illuminated waterworks

For centuries, people have been drawn to Kassel from the whole of Europe, and now from the whole world, for a unique spectacle. That it is even possible to control such large quantities of water without using pumps is almost a miracle, and this is impressively displayed by hundreds of spotlights. Enjoy the fantastic guided tours in the middle of the largest mountain park in Europe.

Lively cultural programme 2013

GRIMM 2013

An extensive cultural programme of events has been developed in view of several anniversaries relating to the life and works of the Brothers Grimm. The key event in the anniversary year Grimm 2013 is the state exhibition from 27th April to 8th September 2013 in the documenta Hall in Kassel.

Kassel's 1,100th anniversary

On 18th February 913, Kassel was mentioned in the documents for the first time, known at the time as Chassella or Chassalla. Celebrate with Kassel in 2013.

Hessentag 2013

The Hessentag has developed into the largest state festival of its kind in Germany. Around 1,000 individual events that attract more than one million visitors during the ten days of the festival in June 2013 are the best testimony to its popularity.

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