Programme preview

First events of KUNSTFEST 2022 published - advance booking now open



Climate crisis, war in Europe - in spite of this, or perhaps because of it, the Kunstfest Weimar is looking forward with hope in its 2022 programme: »Yearning for Tomorrow« is the title of this year's edition from 24. August to 10. September.


Patron Anja Siegesmund

Artistic director Rolf C. Hemke presented a small programme preview in the foyer of the German National Theatre Weimar on Friday, 29. April: In a co-production with Schauspiel Frankfurt, the Austrian playwrighter Thomas Köck, who is in demand at all major theatres between Berlin and Munich, will premiere his latest work »Solastalgia«, directed by himself, at e-werk weimar on Wednesday, 07. September. The title refers to the pain a person experiences at the moment of realising that the space one inhabits, the place one loves, is under attack or about to disappear. At the press conference, Minister Anja Siegesmund symbolically presented Rolf Hemke a funding cheque for 29,000 euros. She was also pleased to once again be the patron of the most important festival of contemporary arts in eastern Germany. She said: »The KUNSTFEST always opens up new perspectives on topics of our time, asks questions and stimulates discussion. This year, »Solastalgia« focuses on the pain of losing one's homeland, including nature. To stand up for its protection is our task. I look forward to many inspiring evenings at KUNSTFEST 2022.«

Major world premieres in drama and opera

The second world premiere with a similar thematic reference is a co-production of the Kunstfest with the music theatre section of the DNT. The Weimar composer Jörn Arnecke is setting a libretto by the renowned Berlin author Falk Richter to music for the second time: »Welcome to Paradise Lost« is the title of this stirring piece of music theatre, which deals with climate change, the destruction of nature and the debate about how society should deal with it and will be premiered on Saturday, 03. September, in a production by the opera director Andrea Moses at the e-werk.

Dance highlights from South Africa

On Thursday, 25. August, a project of the KUNSTFEST 2020 is on the programme that can only be made up for now due to the pandemic-related travel restrictions: The South African star choreographer Gregory Maqoma will present the large dance theatre piece »CION« as a German premiere with his multi-member Vuyani Dance Company. Two days later, on Saturday 27. August, Maqoma's choreographic music theatre piece »Broken Chord« will also celebrate its German premiere as a co-production with the Kunstfest. Musically, this interrogation of European-South African colonial history is an encounter between a South African a cappella quartet and vocAlumni, the 16-member concert choir of the alumni of the Rutheneum Gera.

Four jazz stars in an exclusive formation

An exclusive and currently unique concert highlight for the KUNSTFEST is on Sunday, 28. August, the all-star concert by 4 Wheel Drive at the DNT. Under the slogan »Four top musicians, one exceptional band. Their common drive: jazz.« the Swedish trombonist and singer Nils Landgren, the pianist Michael Wollny, the bassist and cellist Lars Danielsson and drummer Wolfgang Haffner come together.

KUNSTFEST director Hemke summed up: »We hope for tomorrow: for new peace in Europe, for a carefree KUNSTFEST without pandemic-related restrictions. The KUNSTFEST programme will be as political, time-critical and interdisciplinary as our viewers: inside expect.«

Advance booking for the presented highlights starts now at or tel. 03643/755334.