Calling all culture vultures …
Hannover’s State Opera House and Playhouse (Schauspielhaus) occupy leading positions in international league tables. Their repertoires include both new interpretations of established classics and the world premieres of new works. The Opera House Ball is a social event par excellence, celebrated under a new thematic motto every year. The Cupola Hall of Hannover Congress Centrum (HCC), which is Germany’s biggest concert hall, regularly serves as the venue for appearance by leading stars of classical music. A further major draw for visitors is the “TANZtheater INTERNATIONAL” dance drama festival, at which top-ranking dance companies appear year after year. And the numerous independent theatres, which attract loyal audiences with their high standards of performance, add colour and diversity to the cultural scene. The “Theatre Night” is an annual opportunity to make an eventful tour of over 20 theatrical venues in the city.
The GOP Varieté, a variety theatre that has achieved a world-wide reputation, serves up artistry, comedy and magic, garnished with music and cabaret. MIMUSE, the biggest festival of cabaret and small-scale performance in northern Germany, takes place in Langenhagen twice a year, in the spring and the autumn. Lovers of musicals are delighted by the shows put on at the Theater am Aegi or in the baroque Garden Theatre in Herrenhausen Gardens. Highlight events of incredible diversity take place throughout the entire region, some of them in the most unexpected venues. The Garbsen Blues Matinee, for example, is a high-calibre attraction and a place of rendezvous for lovers of soul, blues and rock.
Hannover Region’s “Summer of the Arts” is a series of events organised jointly by more than 30 institutions, and offers both small, intimate concerts and performances by great names of the international music scene. These take place in the charming settings provided by abbeys, churches, country houses, palaces, gardens and barns.