Countdown to Hamburg's "Summer of Culture" underway

Hundreds of events to boost culture and tourism
12 July 2021

Hamburg is gearing up to host a "Summer of Culture" featuring hundreds of events all over the city from July 15-August 16, 2021Highlights were presented during a press conference Thursday (July 8) in a venue with plush armchairs on the beach reminiscent of carefree summers. Click here to book tickets. 

Funds for organisers 

Events will launch at 6 pm on July 15, 2021 with the opening of the Spielbudenplatz in St. Pauli. Around 700 events will be held in 39 suburbs. The itinerary includes festivals lasting several days, exhibitions as well as film screenings in e.g., an open-air bicycle cinema for children and youths, performance art and readings near Lake Alster. Other  venues include town halls, public squares, church gardens, parks, steamboats on Lake Alster, pontoons on the Fleet to shop windows.

The cultural revival comes after months of pandemic-induced restrictions, which dealt a severe blow to the sector. Under the theme of "Play it Loud", over 100 organisers and cultural institutions are to receive subsidies for their businesses. An independent jury had selected over 100 out of 220 multifaceted ideas for funding.  "Life is meaningless without culture. The 'Summer of Culture' will bring sensuous and meaningful experiences back to the city," said Dr. Carsten Brosda, Senator for Culture and Media.

Corona-compliant events

The low seven-day incidence of coronavirus and the ongoing vaccination campaign have paved the way for what is likely to be a cultural frenzy. The regulations now in place should ensure safe cultural events most of which will be held outdoors. "The 'Hamburg Summer of Culture' brings a bit of lightness and carefree spirit back to the city. The intinerary is rich in contrasts and will plunge our city into a very special atmosphere making for inimitable experiences," said Michael Otremba, Managing Director of Hamburg Tourismus GmbH.