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 27 - December 31, 2012
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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:

Festival programming 2012:
  • One festival, three focuses
    • “Upstream” — is the theme of the 2012 Tollwood Winter Festival taking place in the heart of Munich. Four Nouveau Cirque productions, the “World Salon” with ecological and social issues and energy transition in Germany – these are the highlights of the Festival. 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 Years Eve Party. “Upstream” is the theme in an impressive spherical tent called “E-Werk”. Here visitors will find out about the “energy transition” planned in Germany. How much does energy really cost? Where does renewable energy come from? The “E-Werk” at Tollwood shows ways to a future with sunlight, wind and co. 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. “4 circuses + 4 cultures”: Czech Republic, Morocco, Colombia and Vietnam – these are the countries where four high-class Nouveau Cirque productions come from. They all reflect their different cultures by using different artistic ways to fascinate their audience in their very special arts. Visitors can combine their theatre visit with a four-course bio Christmas dinner


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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)
  • Olympiapark Süd
    Munich, Germany
  • Information and Ticket-Hotline 0049-89-38 38 50 24


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