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NORDEN - the nordic arts festival

Festival program 2022 complete - Day tickets now available

More than 400 artists from 10 European countries

Already today, the organizers of NORDEN - The Nordic Arts Festival announce the entire program. From August 25 to September 11, 2022, well over 300 individual events will take place on the Königswiesen in Schleswig. With more than 400 artists* from ten European countries, the festival presents itself more colorful, more diverse and above all significantly more international than ever before. This year, artists from the Netherlands will be guests at NORDEN for the first time. Six cultural stages and a total of 15 venues will host 53 concerts, 32 readings and 46 street art performances. The entire program will be complemented by eight DJ sets, an extensive film program, and numerous workshops.

Three weekends of culture
The first festival weekend starts with a real highlight: Die Sterne will play on Saturday, August 27 on the Schlei stage - a veteran of the Hamburg school. After a long break, Cäthe will present their new album Chill Out Punk on Saturday, September 03 at the Königswiesen. The band Husten around the producers Moses Schneider and Gisbert zu Knypshausen will play on the last festival weekend on Saturday, September 10. As part of the event series Nordliteratur, the authors Feridun Zaimolgu, Lucy Fricke, Stephan Orth and Susanne Matthiesen will be among the guests.NORDEN - The Nordic Arts Festival presents short film programs from all film festivals in Schleswig-Holstein in the cinema tent. Among others, the award-winning film Tove (Sunday, August 28) can be seen in the open air cinema, as well as Abenteuerland (Sunday, September 4).

NEW this year

With the Manege im Park, a new venue is being created that is open to festival visitors* as well as the public with free admission. More than 12 different international street theater shows will take place. In addition, an art market will be held at the canal on Saturday and Sunday of each of the three weekends. More than 20 artists will present their works in small booths. There will also be art workshops and exhibitions.

NORDEN sustainable and inclusive

This year, NORDEN - The Nordic Arts Festival complements its particularly sustainable design with an extensive offer for people with disabilities. There will be an inclusion team, sign language interpreters* will be used and likewise a mobile induction loop will be available for hearing impaired people. Almost the entire festival area will also be accessible for wheelchairs, barrier-free toilets are available.

Day tickets now available

Starting in May, day tickets will finally be available in the NORDEN online store - for families, individuals as well as reduced. In addition, festival passes and weekend tickets will continue to be available while stocks last. All ticket categories in the NORDEN Onlineshop are exclusively available in Print @ Home format.
In addition, a limited number of hardcover day tickets are available at the bookstore Liesegang in Schleswig. These day tickets can be used on any of the 12 festival days at will from August 25 to September 11, 2022. By popular request, we are also making a limited number of hardcover festival passes available at the Liesegang bookstore.

Nominated and won
The NORDEN Festival is the most sustainable festival in Germany!

For the tenth time the HELGA! Festival Award was presented for the tenth time and the NORDEN - The Nordic Arts Festival really cleaned up: The GRÜNSTE WIESE can now be found at the NORDEN in Schleswig.

In addition, on 8.9.23 at the NORDEN Festival, the Schleswig-Holstein Minister of Economic Affairs, Claus Ruhe Madsen, awarded us the "Sustainability Project" prize worth 1,000 euros.
Changes 3rd weekend
One year of festival planning and sometimes changes come in at short notice.
All changes for the upcoming days we summarize here and inform you about the current cultural program.

Unfortunately, the WORKSHOP SONGWRITING, DANCE AND ACHTSAMKEIT in the mobile hay wagon has to be cancelled for the whole weekend. Also the SCHNITZ MOBIL is unfortunately not on the Königswiesen.
On Thursday, September 07, the lecture by ECMI FLENSBURG at 7:45 p.m. in the Atrium will be replaced by MARE BALTIKUM: Our World. The Baltic States.
Presale 2024
NORDEN - The Nordic Arts Festival 2024 ⎜29. AUG - 15. SEP 2024
On Wednesday, September 06, 2023, the presale for the NORDEN - The Nordic Arts Festival 2024 starts and the best is: The prices are the same as in 2023!
The coveted Early Bird festival passes are available from Wednesday, 06 September from 8.00 a.m. exclusively at the bookstore Liesegang, Stadtweg 22 in Schleswig. There will be a one-time sale of 1,000 limited Early Bird Festival Passes in hardcover format for 79,- EURO, reduced 69,- EURO.
Changes 2nd festival weekend
One year of festival planning and sometimes changes come in at short notice.
We summarize all changes for the upcoming days here and inform you about the current cultural program.

Minister for Economy, Transport, Labor, Technology and Tourism of Schleswig-Holstein, CLAUS RUHE MADSEN, has to cancel his appearance at the NORDEN Festival as part of the Nordic Talking series for Thursday, August 31, at short notice. Instead moderator STEFAN RYCHLAK speaks with SPD parliamentary group leader and opposition leader THOMAS LOSSE-MÜLLER at 19.30 o'clock in the Atrium.
For the conversation with Claus Ruhe Madsen we have set a new date: Friday, 08 September at 17.30.
Climbing experience? We are looking for you!
We are looking for a person with climbing experience and ideally also a climbing license for the second and third festival weekend on Saturday and Sunday (02 September and 03 September, 09 September and 10 September)!
You want to support us and secure visitors, mainly children, climbing in the treetops of the Königswiesen? A climbing route is already in place, materials are also available. We provide accommodation and food on site, the activity is of course appropriately remunerated. Contact us at
Unfortunately, the performance of DENIZ & OVE on Sunday, August 27, at the NORDEN Festival has to be cancelled due to illness. Instead, the NORDEN SLAM will take place at 3.30 pm on the Schleibühne, KARWENDEL FEAT. SAMANTHA WRIGHT will play at 2:45 p.m. on the Garden Stage.
Changes 1st festival weekend
One year of festival planning and sometimes changes come in at short notice.
We summarize all changes for the upcoming days here and inform you about the current cultural program.
Unfortunately, the reading by RAUL KRAUTHAUSEN on Saturday, August 26, has to be cancelled. Instead DENNIS GASTMANN will read from his novel Dalee. Due to the uncertain weather situation, it is also possible that the performances in the Manege im Park will have to be cancelled at short notice or moved to another venue. We will inform about this in time on the festival site and also on social media.
Opening NORDEN Festival 2023
It's starting again! The NORDEN is celebrated on the Königswiesen in Schleswig! Twelve days of music and literature, street theater, film and lots of action for children, plus a variety of gastronomy in a great setting await the visitors. Even the little bit of rain could not harm the guests at the NORDEN Festival and so the place in front of the Schleibühne filled up until finally Schleswig-Holstein's Minister of the Interior DR. SABINE SÜTTERLIN-WAACK together with Schleswig's mayor, STEPHAN DOSE, and the festival founders MANFRED PAKUSIUS AND MARNO HAPP opened the fifth NORDEN Festival. Musically, the NORDEN was opened by the Schleswig CHORCOLORES, as in previous years.
German Sign Language at NORDEN
The NORDEN Festival should be accessible for all people and so our team is gradually working on the implementation of barrier-free measures on the Königswiesen. Especially for hearing impaired and deaf people we have created an extended offer in 2023. All events in the Kulturzelt will be accompanied in German Sign Language on Fridays and Saturdays. In addition, there is a mobile induction loop for hearing-impaired people in the Culture Tent, Atrium and Cinema.
All information about accessibility at the NORDEN can be found at:

Festival app finished!
Download now and get all news about the NORDEN Festival 2023 directly on your smartphone!

For the perfect festival preparation we have finally updated the festival app for you. In the app Festivalcamp from our partner HÖME you can view the entire cultural program as well as further information about the NORDEN Festival. Create your personal timetable and mark your favorites, create your own festival camp with friends and plan your visit.
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