The most important world music festival in europe. The variety of the festival is simply overwhelming: Global pop from Spain and the vocal play of the Inuit, classical Iranian percussion and techno-trance from Turkey, Norwegian folk rock and German-Lebanese Ethno Jazz. For four days, there are about 300 performances by 150 bands and solo artists. It is one of the largest and most prestigious world music festivals in Europe. This range of concerts, workshops and talks attract up to 25,000 visitors a day.
In Rudolstadt, newcomers from all over the world stand alongside established names from the roots, folk and world music scene. Every year the festival showcases the music and dance style of one particular country. The musical richness and its contrasts make up the unique atmosphere of the festival. Add to this the summer scenery of the Thuringian town located directly on the Saale river, where the Heinepark lies with two main stages surrounded by greenery, the Heidecksburg castle sits high above the town providing concerts with panoramic views. Overall, more than 20 stages are spread over the entire town.