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Festival Summer in Stuttgart

Dancers, directors, musicians and other creative artists make for a unique atmosphere in Stuttgart. Each year in the summer months, Baden-Württemberg's state capital becomes a festival city: artists from all over the world present their work – with a broad spectrum ranging from films to dance and music.

Stuttgart International Festival of Animated Film (will take place online only in 2021)
From 4th to 9th May 2021 the best of animated film can be seen at the 
28th International Festival of Animated Film (Trickfilmfestival). The festival covers the entire spectrum of current developments in the field of animated film and its interfaces with visual effects, architecture, art, design, music and games. The films screened at cinemas in Stuttgart's city centre and also at the "Festival Garden" – the informal and free open-air cinema on Palace Square – will delight not only film enthusiasts. The large LED projection screen allows for shows of animated short films and popular features to be screened day and night. The Festival offers a platform to filmmakers, directors and production companies to present their films. There's also a varied fringe programme ranging from school and studio presentations to retrospective and screenplay workshops with leading experts. The festival, founded in 1982, has developed into the core event for animation film in Germany and now ranks as one of the biggest and most important festivals of animated film in the world. 
The FMX Conference on Animation, Effects, Games and Immersive Media is Europe's most influential congress for digital entertainment. Artists, scientists and producers meet to discuss the latest production issues and technologies. The FMX will be held in Stuttgart from 4th to 6th May 2021 and this year presents its first online version with a completely new, virtual conference programme.
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Indian Film Festival
In 2021 it will once again be "Namasté India" in Stuttgart. For the 18th time, from 21st to 25th July 2021, the Filmbüro Baden-Württemberg will stage Germany's only Indian Film Festival at the Metropol Cinema in Stuttgart. As in previous years, numerous directors, actors and producers will come to Stuttgart to present their films in person. The extremely varied programme includes not only the great Bollywood blockbusters, but also a wide range of documentary and short films, giving an overview of the entire scope of the Indian film industry. Thanks to the diversity of the films presented, a host of European and world premieres, and competitions in the categories "Best Feature Film", "Best Short Film", "Best Documentary" and "Director's Vision Award", as well as the People's Choice Award, the Indian Film Festival has firmly established itself as the greatest Indian film highlight outside of India. 
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SWR Summer Festival
Each year the SWR Summer Festival on Stuttgart's Palace Square presents a varied programme of entertainment. Visitors can stroll around the festival and gain fascinating insights into the media world, or watch the stars perform on the big festival stage against the idyllic backdrop of the New Palace. As in the past twelve years, there will also be a showing of the new "Tatort" TV thriller in a unique setting. Audiences can enjoy the Stuttgart "Tatort" on the festival stage before its first official TV broadcast. This showing attracts more visitors than any other SWR event.
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Jazzopen Stuttgart (Will take place in 2021 from September 10th to 19th with a completely new line-up. The new edition of the festival planned for July 2021 will follow in 2022.)
In the summer of 2021 Baden-Württemberg's state capital will once again be the hotspot of the jazz scene: for the 27th time now, stars of the international jazz, blues, soul and pop scene will meet in Stuttgart from 8th to 18th July 2021 to perform at the jazzopen Stuttgart. 
Apart from the festival stage on the forecourt of the New Palace (Neues Schloss), concerts can also be heard during the ten days of the festival at the Sparda Welt event centre, at the Liederhalle and on the inner courtyard of the Old Palace. In addition, the Clubbühne of the BIX Jazzclub presents a selection of concerts more or less throughout the festival. There are also free concerts at the "open stages" at the StadtPalais on Charlottenplatz and the Pavilion on Palace Square.
This summer the jazzopen Stuttgart will once again bring big names to Baden-Württemberg's state capital: this year's special highlights include the singer-songwriter John Legend, winner of several platinum records, and Sting, who'll appear on the final day of the festival. Also here again is the British star Jamie Cullum, who this time will be jazzing it up all evening on Palace Square together with Corinne Bailey Rae. Performers on the stage at the Old Palace will include Lisa Simone and the six-time Grammy award-winner David Sanborn.
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Stuttgart Music Festival
From 12th to 27th June 2021 the International Bach Academy Stuttgart will stage its annual Stuttgart Music Festival. As "taste" is often synonymous with musical style, the motto of this year's Music Festival is "A Matter of Taste". In exciting concert formats, music lovers can trace the development of musical taste, from taste as a historical term to amazingly unusual adaptations and surprisingly unconventional formats, and even in a culinary sense. In interaction with internationally renowned artists and ensembles, as well as in cooperation with Stuttgart's leading cultural institutions, a programme has evolved for a festival whose brilliance shines out far beyond the bounds of the state capital.
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Ballet in the Park
Each summer since 2007 the Stuttgart Ballet has invited audiences to its "Ballet in the Park" public viewing event in the Oberer Schlossgarten (Palace Gardens). As the dancers of the Stuttgart Ballet pirouette over the stage of Stuttgart's Opera House, thousands of spectators can watch their performance out of doors, seated on their picnic blankets around the Eckensee Lake – completely free of charge. In honour of the Stuttgart Ballet's 60th anniversary, in 2021 the Jubilee Gala will also be transmitted live on the large video screen. While dance enthusiasts can enjoy the performance of the top-calibre Stuttgart Ballet on the Saturday evening, on the Sunday morning it's the turn of the company's up-and-coming young dancers to be seen live on the screen, when the students of the famous John Cranko School invite audiences to their matinée.
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COLOURS International Dance Festival (will not take place in 2021)
The programme of the COLOURS International Dance Festival does full justice to its title: it's colourful! Under the direction of Eric Gauthier – dancer, choreographer and head of the Theaterhaus dance company, Gauthier Dance, – once a year the city becomes a huge stage. There are dance performances on Palace Square, Marketplace, at the Wilhelma Zoo and the Theaterhaus Stuttgart. The 4th COLOURS 2021 International Dance Festival is to be held from 18th June to 11th July 2021 and is accompanied by no fewer than three first performances by Gauthier Dance: "Swan Lakes" – four works by four choreographers –, "Meet the Talents to Go" – short choreographies in public places, and "Out of the COLOURS Box" – a Gauthier Dance evening of works by young choreographers. COLOURS consists not only of performances by professional dancers from all over the world, however. Local inhabitants and visitors are also encouraged to join in.
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