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Tübingen 50


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.

Photographic exhibition

10 May - 23 June 2019

Gala Gallery, Durham

An exhibition of work by talented Tübingen artist Steffen Sixt. 

Free entry

Europa Kick 4 Nations' Challenge

30 May - 2 June 2019

Tübingen

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.

TimeEventLocationPrice
11.00am, 1.30pm and 6.15pm

Storytelling 

Come and enjoy a well loved children's story read in German. No need to book.

Clayport LibraryFree
5.30pm              Martina Schwarz and schoolchildren from County Durham perform songs in GermanOn stage in Millennium PlaceFree
6.00pmFilm. 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 musicOn stage in Millennium PlaceFree
7.15pm             The Tübinger Saxophon Ensemble led by Harry D Bath perform a selection of well known classicsOn stage in Millennium PlaceFree
8.15pm              Local folk group Skerne take to the stageOn stage in Millennium PlaceFree

Tübingen Musikschule

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

Tübingen

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

Tübingen

North East writers will read at Tübingen Book Festival and County Durham Big Band will be performing.

Tübingen Stadfest

12 - 14 July 2019

Tübingen

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.

Brass Oktoberfest

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

Durham

Director of the Studio Literature and Theater of the University of Tübingen, Dagmar Leupold will join writers' panel discussion at Durham Book Festival.

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