Tollwood Winter Festival

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Country and Region GermanyBavaria
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Munich, Bavaria, Germany
Festival Contact Information

Tollwood GmbH
Waisenhausstr. 20 (Nordflügel)
80637 München, Germany
Phone: +49 089-383 85 00
Fax: +49 089-38 38 50 20

Festival Description

More than 70 percent of all performances, which range from music, walk acts to environmental activities or kids entertainment, are non-ticketed and free. The Tollwood Winter Festival ends with the big New Years Eve Party.

Festival Dates November 26 - December 31, 2013
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Festival Story:

Tollwood is a privately run company for cultural events and environmental activities which runs a cultural tent festival in Munich twice a year. The festival compounds three different aspects: a cultural program with music, theatre, performances and arts, numerous activities promoting the environmental protection and creation of ecological awareness as well as the “market of ideas” with organic food and international handicraft. The formerly small, regional festival founded in 1988, today has developed into a famous cultural event that is known nationwide and visited by 1.5 million visitors each year. In summer it is held for about 25 days in June/July, in winter the festival starts just before the first Advent Sunday, offering a Christmas market through December 23 and cultural events up to New Year’s Eve.


Festival Events:

Programming 2013:
  • Festival Theme
    • As nature made them” — that’s the theme of the 2013 Tollwood Winter Festival starting on November 26 in Munich. Inspired by this year’s slogan, Tollwood and the Deutscher Tierschutzbund (German Animal Protective League) are launching a petition campaign aimed at amending the animal protective legislation. The petition demands an end to cruel conditions in storage systems, no mutilation of animals by forcing them to adapt to storage systems. The theme “as nature made them” is supported by innovative artwork: “The Bremen Town Musicians”, the physical sculpture “Café Bad Connection” by performance artist FLATZ and a deceptive self-idyll. Tollwood demands an end to cruel keeping conditions, no mutilation of animals by forcing them to adapt to storage systems - visitors can help with their petition-signature (online: Petition). At Tollwood’s Christmas market the rich supply of groceries from certified organic producers has been a proud tradition for many years, and – as usual – more than 70 percent of all performances, which range from music, walk-acts to environmental activities or kids entertainment, are non-ticketed and free. The Festival ends with the big New Year´s Eve Party.
  • International Productions
    • This winter three international productions are presenting “classical music differently”: The Isango Ensemble from South Africa introduces with marimbas and drums, a new version of Mozart’s classic opera “The Magic Flute – Impempe Yomlingo”. Actor and musician Dominique Horwitz starts a diabolic-musical journey - from the romantic opera “The Marksman”, over to rock, pop and jazz classics to the weird highlights from “The Black Rider”. And Cor de Teatre from Spain presents a German Premiere with “Operetta” and an a cappella interpretation of the most well-known opera arias – funny and full of joy.
  • World Salon
    • In the “World Salon” top experts from the scientific community, the public sector and the cultural world will concern themselves with those issues that world affairs have placed on our agenda. In this fascinating tent, with light projections varying according to theme, people from all over the world – the “leaders in their field” – come together on stage. The “World Salon” is a call to rethink. The focus is not only on becoming informed but on experiencing.


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Photo Slideshow credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Cirkus Cirkör, photo by Mattias Edwall (Nouveau Cirque-production)
      Motiv/bildtext: Louise Bjurholm, Wear it like a crown
Premiär 9 April 2010
    • Race Horse, photo by Heli Sorjonen (Nouveau Cirque-production)
    • The 7 Fingers, photo by Valérie Remise (Nouveau Cirque-production)
    • Four images of Tollwood venue at night, photos by ©Peter Moody-Meyer
    • TomTom, photo by Simon J Nicol (Nouveau Cirque-production)
  • Information and Ticket-Hotline 0049-89-38 38 50 24


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