Franco-German Cultural Event Arabesques Festival

This annual festival celebrates French and German art, culture, diplomacy and friendship.

Arabesques Franco-German Cultural Festival

Arabesques Franco-German Cultural Festival

Arabesques Franco-German cultural festival

The Arabesques cultural festival was launched in 2012 by Barbara Barberon-Zimmermann and Nicolas Thiébaud. In spirit, the festival begins annually on 22 January, marking the day in 1963 when Charles de Gaulle and Konrad Adenauer signed the Élysée Treaty on Franco-German friendship; however, in practice, events often take place throughout the year. Since its inception, Arabesques has pursued the fundamental values ​​of protecting democratic Europe while exploring other annually rotating topics of relevance.

With the help of music, film, chanson, dance, discussion panels and theatre, Arabesques aims to highlight how young people in particular deal with the challenges of our time. The festival seeks out new visions of diversity, openness and responsibility for the future of Europe as German and French artists take part in over 30 events over the course of five weeks each year.  

Upcoming Dates

Saturday, 18 November, Metropolis cinema, 5 p.m.
XX. International Festival of German Film Heritage
Die keusche Susanne (English title: Chaste Susanne) - Silent film comedy based on the operetta of the same name (1910) by Jean Gilbert. Accompanied by Marie-Luise Bolte on the piano.

Saturday, 9 December 2023, 7:30 p.m.
Sprechwerk, Klaus-Groth-Straße 23, 20535 Hamburg
Rencontre d'improvisation: Hambourg vs. Toulouse
You may already know their French-language improv shows, and now the France-Brötchen are back with a brand new format: the match. For their first improv match, they welcome Les Intermèdes! - a cheerful troupe of talented Toulouse residents who are in a terrible hurry to discover Hamburg. So the pink city lands in Hamburg for a top-class French-language improvisation match.

2024 dates TBA

You can find more information by visiting Arabesques online.