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Japan Day Düsseldorf

25 May 2019 / Different venues

In May, Düsseldorf, the traditional stronghold of Japanese business in Europe, is expecting several hundreds of thousands of visitors from near and far. The festival is being prepared with intensive input from Düsseldorf’s Japanese community. The city is home to around 7,000 Japanese nationals. Before the day culminates in a magical fireworks display at night, Düsseldorf will be transformed for the day into “Japan on the Rhine”. Specialities such as sushi, sashimi or tempura will fortify visitors as delicious snacks. Athletic presentations, numerous information stands and hands-on experiences of Japanese culture along with a large area for Manga fans will make for a varied and diverse program. Further information

Düsseldorfer France Festival

5 - 7 July 2019 / Burgplatz, Rhine embankment promenade, Rathaus courtyard

You can look forward to an entire weekend of “Petit Paris on the Rhine” in the heart of the Altstadt (Old Town). With culinary treats and a colourful cultural and stage programme, Düsseldorf will be oozing French savoir vivre, and there will be attractive tourism offers too. This year the Frankreichfest once again expects to welcome around 100,000 visitors who will have a chance to enjoy the French way of life at over 100 stalls, and to cultivate and deepen the many different links shared by Germany and France. The organiser is Destination Düsseldorf, a business federation of around 150 companies from Düsseldorf and the surrounding region. Further information

ASPHALT festival - Summer festival of the arts

11 - 22 July 2019 / Different venues

The ASPHALT festival adds magic to forgotten and overlooked spaces of the city. It takes art and culture to places that are usually unknown or have another use.

An abandoned train tunnel, a former beauty salon or a backyard are setting the scene for extraordinary interventions of outstanding national and international artists and ensembles. ASPHALT lavishes a pulsating programme of theatre, dance, music, literature and art on Düsseldorf. In the midst of the city, in the midst of summer. Further information

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Open Source Festival

13 July 2019 / Galopprennbahn Grafenberg (racecourse)

A musically daring field of experimentation, an avant-garde interface for music, design and art – the one-day Düsseldorf Open Source Festival is idiosyncratic. It is, quite literally, an open source for every kind of popular culture. Far removed from the mainstream and commerce, it celebrates unexpected interactions, groundbreaking new discoveries, and the musically exceptional. Further information

New Fall Festival

10 - 13 October 2019 / Different venues

Based on the motto “special venues for special artists”, this festival presents stars and upcoming bands of the electro and indie scene on concert stages not normally open to this genre. Further information