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Theater, Singer & Songwriter, Performance

Weseler Werft

This year the Sommerwerft will take place every day of the week. From 23rd July to 8th August we have prepared a colorful cultural program of 17 days at the Weseler Werft, on the eastern bank of the Main river in Frankfurt. Whether Balkan beats or German ballads, cinema or workshops, tarte flambée or cocktail – there is something for everyone! In the early evening you can expect singers and songwriters, a little later a poetry or song slam and after the sunset a Night of Dance, a Queer Night as well as various outdoor theater performances, shows and much more. Bring your kids, parents and beloved ones and have a good time at the festival with us!
You are welcome at the Sommerwerft festival area:


Streaming program online and public viewing
This year we are still hindered by corona-related restrictions – such as having a limited number of visitors and limited space in front of the stages. In order to enable everyone to experience especially the big shows and productions, we have decided to stream a selection of performances this year as well. These streams can be viewed publicly in front of the unused stages as well as online.

Streaming times:
Wed. – Sat. 9:30 – 11 pm
Sun. 4 – 10 pm

Between Wednesday and Sunday, selected shows will be live streamed, such as Moby Dick by Freie Bühne Wendland, Frame Games by antagon e.V. or Exit Casablanca by NN Theater Köln. After dark, the cameras will stream online and show a pre-program and then the shows.

© Barbara Walzer
© Barbara Walzer


In 2021, there will be no theater tent; instead, all events will take place at the open-air stage.

The large theater tent has been an important performance space for the Sommerwerft program for years, offering a multifaceted and diverse program of theater, dance, performance and music.

While this year the performances will take place outdoors, our visitors can look forward to an international line-up ranging from large groups to outstanding individual artists, putting on humorous, spectacular and thought-provoking performances. On two evenings there will be creative song and poetry slams on the open-air stage. The open-air stage also has plenty to offer for dance enthusiasts. The Night of Dance is a popular dance and performance evening. A new event this year is Queer Night of Performance, which features local and international artists exploring LGBTQIA+ topics. The body, movement and voice of our colorful, poetic and political program invite the audience to a shared encounter of these social issues.

Come by:
to the POETRY SLAM on Tuesday, July 27
to the SONG SLAM on Sunday, 08 August
to the NIGHT OF DANCE on Monday, 26 July + Monday, 02 August

HOLIDOLORES Kollatino Roma, 22 luglio 2020


In 2021, the musical heart of Sommerwerft can be found at the open-air music stage.

Once again, we will have to forego the cozy atmosphere of the Bedouin tent due to corona restrictions. Instead, under the direction of the local music promoter Sepp’l Niemeyer, we have put together a top-class music program for you from a wide variety of musical styles. The newcomers and the old veterans of the regional and national music scene will inspire listeners of all ages. The lineup includes  Finnish tango, Balkan beats, Afro-Brazilian groove, folk-pop songwriting, polka and swing – this year’s program will have something for everyone! As in previous years, there is a poetic psychedelic headline performance each day.

Band: Embryo

Kids Stage – Theater for children

The Theaterhaus Ensemble (TH_E):
We have been making theatre for young audiences for more than 20 years. Our performances are easily accessible to all and at the same time challenging: complex stories in a complex world, imaginatively and transparently told. Our home is the Theaterhaus in Frankfurt, but during the pandemic we acquired a mobile open air stage that allows us to perform our plays outdoors. Immediately we had the idea to cooperate with our colleagues from Antagon and the Sommerwerft and to organize a big theater program for children on our stage.

The Kids Stage gives nine independent theatre groups from Hessen and the surrounding area the opportunity to present their plays to a young Sommerwerft audience. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday there is theatre for families with children at 4 and 6 pm.

We look forward to your visit!

© Barbara Walzer


Information concerning all workshops:
Comfortable clothing is recommended.We pay attention to spacing rules and have to count you. We ask you to respect this. Participation is on a donation basis and the workshops will take place if it does not rain.
You can register on the festival ground at the Infopoint,
or – if there are free places– participate spontaneously. Please be there a few minutes before the start. No previous experience required! All people are welcome.

Information for the graffiti workshops:
Registration required at: workshopgraffiti@gmx.de
Please be there 15 minutes before the start.
If you have any questions, please contact: 0151 72 74 94 98

The graffiti workshops will take place on Tuesday, 27.07.21, Wednesday 28.07.21 and Thursday 29.07.21, each from 5-8 pm.

Information regarding the children’s workshops:
Registration required: lauraschmidt132@gmail.com
Children will need to be supervised, we are not responsible for the supervision of the children.

Every weekend at 3pm and 4:45pm.

© Nadine Gerhart


Flea market with groove. Experience the oriental flair of a bazaar right on the banks of the Main, haggling and bargaining welcome!
Each Sunday some really unique things are gathered from basements, storage and closets for you to browse and buy. A social event for the whole family, framed by children’s theater, performances, drinks and music.

SUN. 25.7. / SUN. 1.8. / SUN. 8.8.

Sommerwerft 2017 - Ambiente


For many years, the silent cinema has enriched the festival program of the Sommerwerft. Within the framework of a headphone cinema, festival visitors can watch a selected program under the open sky on six days.

Until 2018, protagon e.V. took care of the programming of the headphone cinema itself. In 2019, Pupille e.V.– Kino in der Uni took over the planning and design of the cinema at the Sommerwerft as a cooperation partner. In 2020, unfortunately, no cinema could be offered due to the pandemic. We are therefore even more pleased to announce that this year cinema screenings can again take place under the open sky. This year’s program offers a colorful selection for everyone. You can look forward to four German documentaries, a Georgian feature film and a Chilean dance film.

Among others, the following films await you:
Kinshasa Symphony – on Sunday, July 25
When we danced – on Monday, 26 July
Ema – on Monday, August 02

Films start at 9:30 pm each night.

Film: Ema

What else is there …


Each year, the main program is enriched by a series of complementary program items that occupy the entire festival site. A FREE CULTURE SPACE is created on the entire festival site – for everything that happens site-specific, stand-up or spontaneously as performances, as well as spontaneous interventions and various actions. Mostly between 7 and 11 pm, for the exact times it is best to inform yourself at the info point, take a look at the program booklet or just let yourself be surprised.

© Edith van den Elzen

Porto Brasil

is the hotspot for Brazilian art and culture at the Sommerwerft. For 5 years, the ships bar has been a cultural place where Brazilian delicacies and drinks are prepared and sold. At the same time, various cultural acts organized by Brazilian artists await you here: Dance and theater pieces, performances, music, films, workshops and much more.

This project is the result of a collaboration between União Instável Creaciones, Escuna Criativa e.V. and antagon theaterAKTion
and since 2010 it has been increasingly supporting Brazilian artists and groups.

Stefan Chytrek


At the yellow info tent you will always find the latest information about the projects, artists, partners and sponsors of the Sommerwerft. Here you can also buy shirts of the Sommerwerft as well as CDs of artists from the current program. Come and talk to us and tell us what you think about Sommerwerft and culture in public spaces.


Sustainability, organic, CO2 footprint or (as far as possible) no chemistry is of course a topic. For the good of the environment and for the benefit of all guests and residents, the Nowato toilets (NoWaterToilet) are again located at various places on the grounds. The forest-scented compost toilets are complemented by mobile washbasins made of solid wood from larch or douglas fir.

Barbara Walzer

GRAFFITI ART – 2018 AND 2019

After the Naxos Hallen under the direction of Stefan Mohr in 2018 already transformed most of the necessary fences on the summer wharf into a gallery space, we are pleased this year now for the third time to present new artworks by artists around the NAXOS Atelier. In cooperation with protagon e. V., the artists of Naxos Hallen will paint large-format graffiti pictures (1.6×3.3m), which will be exhibited at the Sommerwerft. The themes revolve around current political issues, social change and of course, theater, dance and performance.

Sharing graffiti and theater in public space:
Art that does not require passing through the academic and institutionalized processes of elite formation. Art that everyone is allowed to do and art that is for everyone. We are pleased to present this special collaboration between visual and performing liberal arts at the Sommerwerft!

© Barbara Walzer