2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of Durham's twinning with the German university city of Tübingen. Throughout 2019, guests from Tübingen will take part in a series of festivals and special events while representatives from Durham will travel to Tübingen to take part in the celebrations there.
Events and activities
The programme of special events and activities runs throughout 2019. Information will be added to this page as details are finalised and could be subject to change so please keep checking back for up to date information.
10 May - 23 June 2019
Gala Gallery, Durham
An exhibition of work by talented Tübingen artist Steffen Sixt.
Europa Kick 4 Nations' Challenge
30 May - 2 June 2019
Durham Johnston boys' football team take part in the Europa Kick 4 Nations' Challenge in Tübingen
Night of German Kultur
13 June 2019
Gala Theatre, Clayport Library and Millennium Place, Durham
The highlight of Durham's celebrations will be a day and night of German culture in and around Millennium Square in Durham City featuring a range of activities and events for all the family. Including live music performances, a German language film screening and German storytelling.
|11.00am, 1.30pm and 6.15pm|
Come and enjoy a well loved children's story read in German. No need to book.
|5.30pm||Martina Schwarz and schoolchildren from County Durham perform songs in German||On stage in Millennium Place||Free|
|6.00pm||Film. From German director and writer Maren Ade, Toni Erdman is a comedy drama about a practical joking father who tries to reconnect with his hard working daughter by creating an outrageous alter ego and posing as her CEO's life coach. Shown in German. Tickets will be on sale soon via Gala Theatre and Cinema||Gala Theatre, screen 2||£2|
|6.30pm||NASUWT Riverside Band perform German inspired brass music||On stage in Millennium Place||Free|
|7.15pm||The Tübinger Saxophon Ensemble led by Harry D Bath perform a selection of well known classics||On stage in Millennium Place||Free|
|8.15pm||Local folk group Skerne take to the stage||On stage in Millennium Place||Free|
19 June 2019
Ushaw College, Durham. 7.00pm
The college will host a concert by Tübingen Musikschule. The programme will include Bizet's Symphony in C and selection of works by Delius
Tickets: £3 (£2 concessions)
Book via Ushaw.org. Tickets will be on sale soon.
Cricket Masterclasses and Citizens' Breakfast
7 July 2019
Parkside Academy pupils will be running masterclasses in cricket at the Geschwister Scholl Schule in Tübingen and challenging their German partners to a special game in the park.
The annual Citizens' Breakfast in Tübingen will feature performances by members of the County Durham Big Band and a screening of the film Billy Elliot.
Tübingen Book Festival
5-8 July 2019
North East writers will read at Tübingen Book Festival and County Durham Big Band will be performing.
12 - 14 July 2019
Local County Durham folk group Skerne will perform at Tübingen Stadtfest and 18 County Durham brewers will present their beer for sale here at the city festival.
18 July 2019
Town Hall, Durham
Look out for Tübingen's own Louisiana Funkybutts when they perform at BRASS: Durham International Festival in Durham. BRASS turns Durham's historic Town Hall into a lively Bierhalle for an evening of German food, beer and, of course, brass. Festival favourites Oompah Brass, described by Chris Evans as 'Legends in Lederhosen' will be joined by Louisiana Funkybutts to celebrate 50 years of partnership between the two cities.
Dagmar Leupold at Durham Book Festival
5 - 13 October 2019
Director of the Studio Literature and Theater of the University of Tübingen, Dagmar Leupold will join writers' panel discussion at Durham Book Festival.
In partnership with
- Europe Direct Durham
- Goethe Institute