With more than 190 concerts and over 90,000 visitors each year, the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern are amongst Germany’s largest classical music festivals. International orchestras, stars of the classical music scene and talented up-and-coming musicians from all over the world perform in castles, stately homes, country manors, churches, barns and factory halls or in the open air. The music, the incomparable lakes and seaside landscapes of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and the extraordinary venues make our concerts a truly special experience. The Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern comprise three seasons: Festspielfrühling Rügen, Festspielsommer and Festspielwinter.
Festspielfrühling Rügen is the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern’s spring festival, which takes place over 10 days in March each year. Our visitors are invited to discover and rediscover musical treasures in intimate concerts with exceptional artists. Prize-winners from the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern take over the artistic direction of the Festspielfrühling to create tailor-made programmes for the island concerts together with their friends and colleagues.
In 2022, violinist Daniel Hope will be Artistic Director.
Over three months from mid-June to mid-September, the Festspielsommerbrings music to the most beautiful locations in the region, be it old country manors or stately homes, barns or factory halls, churches or out in the open the air. Promising up-and-coming musicians perform alongside established stars of the classical music scene and international orchestras. Our annual Prize-winner in Residence shapes the summer season with up to 20 concerts while special series such as »Landpartie« (Music in the Countryside), »Junge Elite« (Young Elites), »Unerhörte Orte« (Unheard Places), »360° ...« and our children’s and family programme »Mäck & Pomm« create special focus points and have become audience favourites.
Uniquely this year, the Festspielfrühling Rügen will become the Festspielherbst Rügen 2021. Almost all of the originally planned events can take place in the same or similar design. Under the artistic direction of the Armida Quartett, musicians such as Kit Armstrong, Eckart Runge, Nils Landgren, the Heath Quartet and others will be guests on the island of Rügen from October 15th to 24th, 2021. The internationally acclaimed actress Martina Gedeck could also be won for an event at short notice. Together with the pianist Sebastian Knauer, she will present a scenic-musical reading on George Gershwin.
Even in the dark season the Festspiele Mecklenburg-Vorpommern bring with the Festspielwinter music to the north-east. For years, the classical music festival has been bringing Christmas spirit to Ulrichshusen, Stolpe an der Peene, Schwiessel and Neubrandenburg on the Advent weekends. The New Year is traditionally welcomes on the first weekend in January with two New Year’s concerts at Ulrichshusen.