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Festivals in Mannheim: from April onwards

Surprising, exciting and unique: Mannheim is an urban cultural hotspot with an extensive festival programme that ranges from electronic music to rock, theatre and film.

Techno in Mannheim

Please note: In 2020 the Time Warp will unfortunately not take place due to the corona pandemic.

Every year, people from all around the world gather in Mannheim to celebrate together. Mannheim is a UNESCO City of Music. As such, music is a recurring theme in the city, from the Musikpark to the Pop Academy, from the SAP Arena to the clubs downtown, as well as on the Maimarkt showground. Here, they ring in the festival season — with 130 beats per minute.

Since 1994, the Time Warp festival attracts over 15,000 visitors from all over Europe every year. If you're looking for love, peace, and techno all summer long look no further than Hafen 49. The shores of the Mannheim harbour basin reverberate with Ibiza flair as ravers gather to dance into the sunset. 

If one day at Hafen 49 is not enough, then the Hafenfestival is for you. The techno festival lasts for 2 days and 3 nights and features over 40 DJs.

Zeltfestival Rhein-Neckar & Maifeld Derby

Fans of hard-driving rock head to the Mannheim Maimarkt showground. Here, the Zeltfestival Rhein-Neckar takes place from 29 May to 21 June. Top acts include Cypress Hill and Status Quo. Fans of full-on live music should put a big mark next to the Maimarkt showground, because this is also the venue for Mannheim’s legendary Maifeld Derby festival.

From June 15 to 17, newcomers and established acts from the worlds of indie, mellow pop, alternative and folk will be performing at the Maifeld Derby. Even local Mannheimers often prefer crawling into a tent at night instead of going home. Rightly so, because the Maifeld Derby has become one of the top festivals in Germany.

Enjoy Jazz

As the nights get longer again, we once again welcome Enjoy Jazz: an international festival dedicated to exploring the world of jazz and beyond. Since its foundation, it has matured into one of the world’s most prestigious jazz festivals. Festival director Rainer Kern tirelessly works to book acts who are actively exploring and pushing the boundaries of the genre. The result is perhaps the most multifaceted concert series in the region.

And every time you think you have seen and heard everything with Ornette Coleman, Herbie Hancock, Brad Mehldau and all the other Enjoy Jazz regulars, you find yourself being surprised by newcomers and discoveries alike. This year, the festival runs from 2 October to 14 November 2020.

International Filmfestival Mannheim-Heidelberg

The International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg has been providing surprises for almost seven decades. The world’s seventh oldest film festival is a magnet for cineastes and attracts around 60,000 visitors to Mannheim each year. Major careers have been launched here, including those of Jim Jarmusch and Wim Wenders. 

From 12 to 22 November 2020, dozens of art house world premieres will be shown again this year. As for all other festivals, the rule here is to get tickets early. Demand can quickly outstrip supply in the celebrated festival city of Mannheim.


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Experience nightlife and urban culture in a whole new light – in the most literal sense of the word. The Mannheim Lichtmeile (“Light mile”) festival has developed into a major highlight for cosmopolitan culture fans.

In the eclectic and multicultural neighbourhood of Neckarstadt-West, the beautiful old 19th century Wilhelminian-style houses are bathed in colourful light for three nights in November. They provide the atmospheric setting for a varied programme of events in unusual locations exploring music, art and literature. Bands from the Mannheim music scene play live, authors give readings, artists’ studios are open until late into the night and a cultural programme with plenty of surprises is also on offer for kids.