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Dear Festival Fans,
'The Rudolstadt Festival box office is now open! All types of tickets for the 2019 festival and also the 2018 sampler are on sale – and don’t forget they’d make ideal Christmas presents!
Four-day tickets from €96
Four-day tickets for the Rudolstadt Festival excluding accommodation are priced at €96 while tickets including access to the campsite or caravan park start at €120. One new addition is a four-day ticket for the open-air swimming pool (‘Freibad’). We also have one-day town centre tickets costing €8.
Sadly, we’ve had to increase the ticket prices. We’ve managed to keep them stable for a few years now, but in 2019 there are several reasons why price rises are unavoidable. Hiring sound and lighting equipment as well as temporary stages is now much more expensive, the minimum wage has gone up, and we also need to work on the infrastructure in order to better supply you with power and water, etc. The bottlenecks won’t disappear overnight, but we’ll be working to improve things step by step over the years to come.
Concessions for youngsters aged 7–16 (a discount of at least 50% on all tickets) naturally still apply. And as usual, residents of the Saalfeld-Rudolstadt district can buy a four-day ticket excluding accommodation for half price.
Where can I get tickets?
The entire range of tickets is available in the online shop. They can also be obtained by completing and returning the order form enclosed with flyers for the Rudolstadt Festival from April 2019. Four-day tickets excluding accommodation are available from local ticket outlets, too, including the tourist information centres in Rudolstadt, Saalfeld and Bad Blankenburg as well as branches of the Kreissparkasse savings bank.
But don’t hang about! Like last year, ticket prices will go up nearer the time. Prices for any tickets still unsold after 11 June 2019 start at €144. Ticket presales (if there are any left!) will end on 22 June. And during the festival, only one-day town centre tickets will be available.
When ordering tickets, please check which type you need, and don’t forget that an additional fee is charged for cars and caravans.
By the way, exactly what artists you’re paying to see will shortly be revealed in the news section on our website and on Facebook.
Just in time for Christmas, we’ve got something in store to help you relive last summer – the 2018 Rudolstadt Festival compilation! This selection of live recordings comprising two CDs, a DVD and a lovingly designed booklet is an emotional journey through the profusion of concerts in 2018 taking in diverse facets of roots, folk and world music.
CD 1 features legends like Graham Nash and Steve Earle, Ale Möller from Sweden, Bavarian stars Pam Pam Ida, and expressive voices such as that of Elida Almeida, a young singer from Cape Verde.
CD 2 provides an overview of the diverse music scene in Estonia, which in 2018 was the Rudolstadt Festival’s special guest country. Star folkies Curly Strings can be heard alongside the crazy sounds of Puuluup, while Mari Kalkun’s indigenously influenced compositions contrast with Maarja Nuut’s soundscapes.
By public demand: Work Song Special captured on DVD
In response to many requests received from Rudolstadt fans, we’ve decided to include two projects of the 2018 Festival Special devoted to Work Songs on the DVD.
As a reference to Woody Guthrie ‘This Land is Your Land’ was the title of a concert at Heidecksburg Palace. It celebrated traditional and contemporary work songs with artists from six different countries. They created a “magical moment” as Matthias Zwarg wrote in regional newspaper Freie Presse: “It’s as if the whole world was lying in each other’s arms.”
The audience was also mesmerized by the Songposium on Work Songs, which was presented as a brachial-romantic burial with musical and theatrical elements, film quotes, and an academic appraisal. This, too, can be enjoyed again on the DVD.
RUTH award-winners and an incredible scent of the world
Additional atmospheric images are provided by two features which have now become almost traditional on our commemorative CD. The festival review ‘Ein irrer Hauch von Welt’ (‘An Incredible Scent of the World’) produced by regional broadcaster MDR condenses four days into 60 minutes. And Gisbert zu Knyphausen, Cymin Samawatie and Maria Dafka & Dine Doneff can all be seen and heard in footage of the RUTH World Music Prize winners’ concert.
The sampler made up of two CDs, a DVD and a detailed booklet costs €22 when ordered online, and is also available for just €20 from the tourist information centre in Rudolstadt.
Finally, the whole Rudolstadt Festival team would like to wish you a peaceful Advent, a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!