A cauldron of colours
Dancing, music, art and poetry deep into the night: In September each year, the Ulm and Neu-Ulm scene heralds the arrival of a new season with the night of culture.
With some 120 events at both established and unconventional cultural sites, it ranks as one of the most popular attractions in the cultural year of the two-state city. Virtually all of the established cultural venues are involved in the night of culture, the Theater Ulm as well as the kunsthalle weishaupt, the Volkshochschule and the numerous clubs, Museum Ulm, the Kunstverein or the Roxy. Artists open up their studios, cafés and pubs present literature or music, associations introduce themselves and their highlights.
But performances also take place in less well-known or simply unexpected places, with well-known ones breaking new ground. Jazz in the minster, world music in the tram, an open-air gallery on the street, plus performance snippets, mini shows or a heavy metal band in the main hall. Or a poem recitation, read by a lyricist on horseback at Münsterplatz. And of course the various places are integrated too. Sometimes booming loud, sometimes very concentrated and at times serious, while at other times colourful and frivolous. Just like in real cultural life, only this night packs everything into a few hours.
This makes it hard for visitors to see the wood for the trees. Pros first create a wish list and then make a plan, and if it doesn´t work out because they meet or get to know too many people there: Never mind! The next location is only a stone´s throw away. And what about those who cannot find anything that takes their fancy from this wide range? They wouldn´t know culture if it stared them in the face!