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Essen likes to party. Numerous festivals and events fill the annual calendar.

from 9th August to 23rd September 2018

Since its inception in 2002 the Ruhrtriennale has become an emblem of the changes in the Ruhr region. This festival, which follows three-year thematic cycles under changing artistic direction, stages music, theatre, literature and dance at industrial heritage sites. These include the colliery and coking plant at Zollverein and the winding engine hall of the Carl colliery.

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Essen Light Festival
From 26th October to 4th November 2018

Spectacular light art in various locations in the city center will be on display from 26th October to 4th November 2018 at the Essen Light Festival. Among other things, they can look forward to a video mapping at Essen Cathedral, which deals with the exit from the coal industry. Cooperation partner here is the RAG Foundation.

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(This information is only available in German.)

Essen Illumination Weeks
From 4th November 2018 to 6th January 2019

As the days get shorter and darker, it's not far to the Essener Lichtwochen. From 4th November 2018 to 6th January 2019, they will immerse Essen's inner city in festive and atmospheric light. Whether sparkling star arcs, trumpeting angels, radiant comets or oversized candlesticks - the visitors expect well-known and new illuminations

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(This information is only available in German.)

Essen International Christmas Market
From 16th November to 23rd December 2018

The Christmas market on the Kennedyplatz and surrounding pedestrian zones features some 250 stands and is one of the largest and most beautiful in Germany. Efforts to find original gifts or Christmas decorations will be disrupted by a stop at one of the numerous refreshment stands and speciality huts, in which culinary treats from all over the world are on offer.

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From 1st to 9th December 2018

For drivers and dreams - Things will heat up again in December! Experience pure automobile passion at Europe's largest and most important show for tuning, motor sport, series sports vehicles, classic cars and motorbikes. The ESSEN MOTOR SHOW and motor sport go together like tyres and rims: It is therefore the finale of an exciting season. We'll create a sensation: 1,600 trade journalists from all over the world will be reporting on trends and innovations of our more than 550 exhibitors. With the perfect mixture of show and information, we make the hearts of almost 360,000 visitors beat faster every year.

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Essen on Ice
From 18th January to 10th March 2019

From January to March, Esseners love to go ice skating. The Kennedyplatz in the centre of the city is converted into a 1000 square metres skating rink. And while the skaters are circling to music from the loudspeakers, there is a 70-metre tobogganing slope nearby. Those who prefer a more leisurely pace can try their hands at curling. And Alpine specialities are served up in the Schmankerl Hütte in rustic style.

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Saturday, 29th of June 2019

200 events in 50 locations. And all of them in one night. During “ExtraSchicht”, culture works overtime. Since 2001 former mines, slag heaps, gasometers and industrial sites have been turned for one June night each year into stages for dance, theatre, music and exhibitions. Shuttle buses run between the 50 sites, which are spread all over the Ruhr region. One of the venues in Essen is the Zollverein colliery.

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(This information is only available in German.)

From 3rd July to 7th July 2019

For five days in July along Germany’s longest gourmet mile in central Essen, visitors can look over the shoulders of top chefs at work – and then eat the results. There’s something on the menu for every taste and every budget. Be it a nibble or a main course, everything is freshly prepared, a real treat for the taste buds.

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(This information is only available in German.)

From 7th to 9th September 2019

The traditional open-air “Essen Original” festival, is one of the musical highlights of the year and can hardly be beaten for variety. Under the slogan “free and out of doors”, the three-day event in September has a musical range stretching from pop and jazz through hit songs to rock and comedy.

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(This information is only available in German.)

Further information and contact:

EMG - Essen Marketing GmbH
Tourist Information Office
Am Hauptbahnhof 2
D- 45127 Essen
Telephone: +49 201 19433 or +49 201 88 72333
Fax: +49 201 8872044

Opening times:
Monday to Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 1 pm