Karlsruhe | July 28th until September 9th 2018


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Look forward to the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE Karlsruhe 2018 with four new shows

Timetable of the 2018 SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE-shows

PREMIERE on July 28, 2018
22:00 until 0:30 Uhr

From sunday, July 29, 2018
22:00 Uhr until 23:30 Uhr

From friday, August 3, 2018
21:30 Uhr until 23:30 Uhr
(No Schlosslichtspiele on August 4, 2018 (KAMUNA)

From friday, August 17, 2018
21:00 Uhr until 23:30 Uhr

From friday, August 31, 2018
20:30 Uhr until 23:30


For anyone who can’t get enough of the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE Karlsruhe, they are also available in Cardboard: Just scan the QR code and enjoy the Maxin10sity shows from 2015, 2016, and 2017 in a 360-degree view. SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE to go. Cardboard is available at the Info Point of the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE.

The price is €5.


In 2018, you will again have opportunity to support the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE Karlsruhe for €5. Contribute to keeping the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE free of charge in the future. The limited edition “Wir-lassen- das-Schloss-leuchten-Bändchen” (“We-help-light-up-the-Schloss-wristband”) is available throughout the entire duration of the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE at the Info Point and at all concession stands.

A sparkling present – give the gift of the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE!

ZKM Karlsruhe has produced a large-format, richly illustrated brochure about the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE covering all projects from 2015, 2016, and 2017. The brochure contains impressive photo galleries of all shows presented thus far, descriptions of the individual works, biographies of the well-known artist groups, texts about the rapid development of projection mapping, and technical background information. An excellent gift for all SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE fans. The brochure is available at the Info Point of the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE Karlsruhe.

The price is €7.


Artists 2018



The Hungarian artist group Maxin10sity, who were celebrated by the audiences of the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE in Karlsruhe in 2015, 2016, and 2017, will present their new work I’MMORTAL [Immortal/I am mortal] this year. For the new show, Maxin10sity will cooperate with acrobats of the Recirquel Company from Budapest. The company will take on various roles, including the role of Asheem, a circus artist, who achieved immortality after a fall. Acrobatic elements from the contemporary circus repertoire and mapping complement each other to create a new visual genre.
Photo: Maxin10sity, l´MMORTAL, 2018

Maxin10sity on the Web:

Offizielle Webseite




Global Illumination

»The Object Of The Mind«

For the first time, the artist collective Global Illumination has created a show for the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE: The Object Of The Mind. In their show, Global Illumination recount the technological developments that have led to our interconnected information society. The show starts in the era of analogue machines and moves on to punch cards, 8-bit processors and PCs, and all the way to artificial neuronal networks. They tell the story of devices, machines, and codes, which initiated the digital transformation and opened a realm for people’s creative imagination. Global Illumination is a collective of visual artists and filmmakers, which creates short-films, animations, video-mappings, and AV performances. The collective vision of Global Illumination is to connect stunning, original visuals with enlightening messages.
Photo: Global Illumination, The Object Of The Mind, 2018

Global Illumination on the web:





László Zsolt Bordos, also known as Bordos ArtWorks, is an artist living in Budapest, Hungary. His early activities as a "Visual Jockey" for 3D animations, his participation in gigantic facade projections and his unusual video projections and 3D mapping projects make him a pioneer of the genre. He studied at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest, and at the MediaLab UIAH (University of Art and Design) in Helsinki. For his new show MEMORIES, the 3D artist creates an imaginary storage space where the artist's personal memories are stored. Using data visualizations, glitches and data mosh, Bordos links these real memories to his idea of how these memories are stored: "I imagine that the location for our memories is a fragile place. Some memories are lost forever because we forget. Glitches, for example, are a perfect way to visualize our forgotten memories, as the title suggests." With MEMORIES, László Zsolt Bordos succeeds in visualizing our memory artistically. Neuroscience promises: In the future, computer models will be able to completely reconstruct our memories.
Photo: László Zsolt Bordos, MEMORIES, 2018

BordosArtWorks on the web:

Offizielle Webseite




Jonas Denzel


Jonas Denzel is a Master student at the University of Mainz and media artist. In 2016 he received a Fulbright scholarship and studied film and media art in Philadelphia (USA). His films and installations have been shown in Europe and North America, among other places. He was involved in the show Velografie für Drais for the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE 2017. In 2018 Jonas Denzel transforms the castle into a body of sound. He develops his show hands-on for the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE: The hands were man's first tools. They knock, rub and clap on the castle facade until they finally encourage the audience to clap along and thus become part of the rousing rhythm through inviting gestures. The sound is created and visualized exclusively by elements of the castle such as windows, rain gutters and walls as well as body percussion. The castle itself even becomes an instrument, a piano played by hands. The sounds that can be heard were recorded at the castle: Jonas Denzel made the rain gutters, windows and walls sound.

Jonas Denzel on the web:

Offizielle Webseite




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With its 170 meters of projection surface, the castle of Karlsruhe is perhaps the largest, but definitely the most beautiful screen in Germany. 24 high performance projectors make the castle shine in a different splendor every night – available for everyone free of charge, in the center of Karlsruhe. Already during the first year of the “Schlosslichtspiele”, the “Schlossplatz” – the actual heart of Karlsruhe – was rediscovered by the people of Karlsruhe and enjoyed great popularity among all ages and income groups every night. Over the course of the summer, the “Schlossplatz” became the meeting point for everyone in Karlsruhe as well as tourists. It is a success story that continues in 2017.

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Events at the castle

11th August, 2018

Grand final as part of the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE

A number of bands from across the region have been competing for the radio station “die neue welle” (the new wave)'s music award, known as “die Goldene Gitarre” (“The Golden Guitar”). On August 11, the final will be taking place as part of Karlsruhe's “Schlosslichtspiele” (“Palace Light Show”). The award is split into two categories: One category for cover bands (non-original songs), and another category for bands playing their own material. With each category comes a 5,000 Euro prize for the winner! In addition, the winners will be given extensive coverage on the radio, and there will also be the possibility of them getting paid to perform at some of die neue welle's events. Furthermore, die neue welle will provide ample coverage to promote both bands' concerts over one year.

All applications for the competition will be assessed by an expert jury that consists of: die neue welle staff, independent musicians from the region, and professionals from the music industry. Out of all of these applications, the jury will pick 10 bands (5 bands for each category). From these 10 bands, a total of 6 finalists will then be chosen (i.e three bands for each category) via a public poll, which will be posted on die-neue-welle.de. Voting starts at midnight on 16.07.18 and ends at 23:59 on 29.07.2018. It is here that each finalist can showcase their music to the public, with every band being limited to no more than 20 minutes. A jury of experts also in attendance will evaluate the performances according to musicality, performance and overall impression. The winners of the two categories will be announced right after the third and final band of each respective category has finished their performance.

SWR weekend in front of Karlsruhe Palace
FRI | to SUN |
24th - 26th August

Grand stage in front of Karlsruhe Palace:

The SWR weekend, which runs from the 24th to the 26th August, is sure to be yet another highlight in Karlsruhe's summer festival calendar, with live music that caters to all tastes. Groovy jazz, the hits of the last 40 years, and mood music with the “King of Mallorca” – and all free of charge!

The event gets underway with the “Karlsruher Jazz Night Vol. 2”. Right on its 30th birthday, the Up To Date Big Band will be playing an anniversary concert that is sure to be an extraordinary experience for everyone. Accompanying them on stage will be the pop singer Teddy Schmacht, the well-known pop and jazz singer Fola Dada, and the jazz trumpeter Thomas Siffling.

On Saturday evening, the SWR1 Band will be playing, which promises to be a performance of pure atmospheric bliss. The passionate musicians, who hail from the offices of the SWR1 radio station, take songs from the channel's playlists and bring them to life, playing the greatest hits of the last 40 years with at least as much heart and emotion as the originals.

The SWR weekend is being seen out by the “SWR4 Sommernächte” (SWR4 Summer Nights), which will ensure the weekend ends with a real bang: Jürgen Drews, the self-proclaimed “King of Mallorca”, and the Swiss folk musicians Fääschtbänkler will create a fantastic atmosphere while transforming the palace square into a huge party zone. They will receive great support on the decks from SWR4 DJ Johannes Stier.

Following the concerts, the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE will enchant the audience with breathtaking video projections, beamed across the largest screen in Germany – the 170-metre-long facade of Karlsruhe's Baroque Palace.

The show starts at 18:00 each day, admission is free.

SWR Summer Tour
SAT – 25 August

The SWR Summer Tour – at a different location every Saturday

Every Saturday during the summer holidays, the mobile news studio of Südwestrundfunk relocates to a different location in Germany. The SWR mobile unit will be on site all day with live broadcasting on television from 7:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

In addition to Lörrach (18 August), Heilbronn (1 September), and Stuttgart (8 September), SWR's summer tour will also be broadcasting from Karlsruhe during the famous SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE.

Presented by Michael Matting

3rd Foodtruck Convention Karlsruhe
FR | until SU |
2018, September 7 - September 9

Returning to its spot around the Karl-Friedrich Monument once again in 2018

The 3rd Foodtruck Convention, taking place on Karlsruhe's palace square, combines treats for the eye with culinary highlights to nourish both body and soul. From 7th to 9th September 2018 – the last weekend of the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE -, the food truck cooks will be serving the finest street food on wheels against the breathtaking backdrop of Karlsruhe Palace.

The incredibly diverse range of food trucks will take you on a wonderfully varied journey of delights – from vegan to vegetarian, right through to meat specialities straight from the smoker. The food truck cooks create the tastiest of street food in the smallest of spaces: whether it be burgers of all kinds or the classic “art food” variety of Maultaschen; there is something here to please all those of you out there who like trying new things. The event will begin at 11am on all three days, meaning things will be up and running in time for you to turn your afternoon break into an adventure for your taste buds. Then, in the evening, gourmet street food and a visit to the SCHLOSSLICHTSPIELE can be easily combined: The food trucks will be catering to hungry visitors until 11pm. Admission is free!

The Foodtruck Convention Karlsruhe on social media:

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Impressions of Schlosslichtspiele 2018

Photos: Uli Deck



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