Theatre, Music, Museums
In Bamberg, there's something for every cultural taste. The city's various theatres offer a widely varying programme throughout the year. The ETA-Hoffmann-Theatre's Calderon Festival and Poetry Slam events, held in the city's Old Court each summer, are particular highlights.
On the musical side, the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra offers special student concerts twice a year, and in August the pedestrian area is home to the many German and international musicians performing in various genres at the swinging Jazz & Blues Festival. Additionally, Bamberg's Arena and Live-Club are venues which regularly host concerts in all genres.
The university itself also contributes to the city and region's cultural life with numerous literary events, readings, exhibits and concert series which are open to the public.
A particular highlight is the Bamberg Zaubert International Streetlife Festival. Magicians, acrobats and street performers of all kinds make the streets and squares of Bamberg their stage and attract over 150,000 spectators. The festival takes place each July.
A city which is dedicated to bringing together the present and its 1000-year history is of course predestined to be the home of a lively museum and gallery scene. So it's no surprise that Bamberg has so many interesting, first-class museums.
Bamberg is also a city with a lot to offer cinema fans. The Lichtspiel and Odeon cinemas have earned countless prizes for their high-quality programmes which, in addition to mainstream films, specialize in art-house productions. These two cinemas are also home to Bamberg's short film festival, the Bamberger Kurzfilmtage, which takes place each winter.
Aside from the two independent cinemas, Bamberg also an eight-screen multiplex, the CineStar, located near the main railway station on the top floor of the Atrium shopping centre.