Enjoy Jazz 2014

Stefano Bollani - Foto Schindelbeck

The well know international Jazz Festival “Enjoy Jazz” will start on October, 2nd and lasts to November, 15th 2014. More than 60 concerts and some additional events will take place in several venues throughout the Rhine-Nekckar region around Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludigshafen. Some highlights are Jan Garbarek and The Hilliard Ensemble, Bassist Sebastian Gramss, Drummer legend Mani Neumeier, the Branford Marsalis Quartet, Polar Baer, Stefano Bollani Solo, Rebekka Bakken & hr Big Band with their Tom Waits programme, Youn Sun Nah & Ulf Wakenius,  and many more. There will be an “Enjoy Jazz Encore” concert, on December, 1st, with Gregory Porter and a special guest.

| wwww.enjoyjazz.de

Heidelberg’s wild 1970ies – Exhibition at Kurpfaelzisches Museum

Awakening of a city – Heidelberg’s wild era of the 1970ies
Exhibition May 16 to September 21, 2014

Heidelbergs wilder 70er - Exhibition at Kurpfälzisches MuseumIt was a time of worldwide fundamental political changes, numerous technical innovations (data processing…), and at the same time the radicalization of political groups which led into the late 1970ies forms of extremism.

In Heidelberg it was the time after the peak of the student’s protests and a load of new concepts emerged. The anti-nuclear movement , women’s movement , „Spontis“, Communist-groups , men’s groups and residential communities – the 1970s were the decade, that Heidelberg has changed the most, with exceptional after-effects until today. Sexual revolution, a counter-public , international solidarity , self-managed alternative projects and exuberant creativity are the buzzwords of this time

In parallel, the city administration decided to fundamentally change the old town through restoration measures and to create the Emmertsgrund as a new district. And it also was a time of architectural blunders, which show their visual impact to the day.

At the „Kurpfäzisches Museum“ this time is presented with “finds” from the 70s, paintings, prints, film posters and installations, completed with interviews with witnesses , to document this fascinating piece of Heidelberg’s younger history.

Kurpfälzisches Museum der Stadt Heidelberg
Hauptstraße 97
69117 Heidelberg


Heidelberg Castle Illumination and fireworks

Heidelberg Schlossbeleuchtung - Castle Illumination - Foto: Heidelberg-bilder.de

The spectacular castle illuminations with fireworks attract not only thousands of local visitors, but enthusiastic viewers from all over the world in June, July and September each year. On sunny days, the northern riverside of the Neckar fills up with people, equipped with blankets and picnic supplies. They enjoy the afternoon and wait for the illumination. The nocturnal entertainment starts about 22 p.m.

Besides the location on the riverside, you could  walk up the “Philosopher’s Walk” on the hill opposite the castle, or enjoy the spectacle from the old town or the castle itself. The local Rhein-Neckar-Fahrgastschifffahrt, with its ships, stay on the Neckar throughout the event and combine the airy colours with their reflections in the river.

The fireworks has a 400 year old tradition, as the first one was held by the Elector-Palatinate, Friedrich V, who brought his bride Elisabeth Stuart in 1613 to Heidelberg and gave her a welcome with a glorious fireworks.


The 2014 schedule:

June, 07th, 2014

July, 12th, 2014

September 06th, 2014



Finkenbach Festival – Krautrock de Luxe in August

Finkenbach Festival 2014 - Flyer

Have you ever heard of “Krautrock“? It’s a specific German kind of rock music, which originated in the late 1960ies. The term was attributed to the music of this time by the English-speaking world but it was “adopted” in Germany, too. The term reflected the reception of the music at the time and was not a reference to any one particular scene, style, or movement – many krautrock artists were not familiar with one another.

One mastermind of Krautrock is the drummer Mani Neumeier, head of “Guru Guru” an organiser of the famous event Finkenbach Festival”, since the early 1970ies. This year the festival will take place on two days, 15th and 16th, August 2014. A special highlight, besides the madatory performance of “Guru Guru” will be the last concert of “Kraan”, which is one of the most praised Krautrock band.

Over the two days all around the festival stage, a huge free camping site is offered, some of the fans arrive days before the festival and begin to celebrate their festival of peace & love and great music. The location of the festival is 35 km from Heidelberg, up the river Neckar and some km in a side valley. Beautiful location with authentic Odenwald-feeling in the nature.



Freitag, ab 19:00 Uhr (Einlass 17:00 Uhr):
Faust – 19:00 Uhr
The Brew (UK) – 21:00 Uhr
Kraan – 23:00 Uhr
Bröselmaschine – 01:00 Uhr

Samstag, ab 15:00 Uhr (Einlass 13.00 Uhr):
Embryo – 15:00 Uhr
Marblewood (CH) – 17:00 Uhr
The Quireboys – 19:00 Uhr
Guru Guru – 21:00 Uhr
The Pretty Things – 23:00 Uhr
Simeon Soul Chargers – 01:00 Uhr


Heidelberg - Finkenbach - Route