Festival of Cultures

27.7.- 30.7., 5. & 6.8.23

From 27.7. until 6.8.23, WATER & SOUND focuses on the Mediterranean region as a fascinating musical melting pot: from the Occitan chants of the French group San Salvador, to the psychedelic urban fusion sounds of Bab L’Bluz (Morocco, France) and Al-Qasar (France, Lebanon), from the Southern Italian tarantella music of the Canzoniere Grecanico Salentino to the Kurdish singer Aynur performing with the ensemble of the Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra in the amphitheatre of the Freilichtbühne. Other musical highlights include Maria Mazzotta (Italy) & the Waterbirds (Augsburg), Monsieur Doumani (Cyprus), the spectacular ADG7 (South Korea), and many more.
On 28.7. the interactive performance of the Waterbird will take place starting in the Siebentisch-Park accompanied by the sounds of the Express Brass Band and featuring creations by the Kinact Collective.

In 2023, the concept of artistic director Girisha Fernando again envisages an inspiring supporting program in cooperation with the World Heritage Office and other participants such as the University of Augsburg, the tba21 Academy and artist Gala Vanson. Panels, artist talks and an exhibition will explore the areas between art and science and establish elementary connections between humans, music, ecology and the importance of water as a resource. The Mediterranean as a place of dialogue and millennia of cultural exchange, at the same time a zone of conflict and a grave political border.


On 6.8. Kurdish singer Aynur meets the Water & Sound Ensemble and members of the Augsburg Philharmonic Orchestra in an exciting encounter of traditional Anatolian music, classical music and jazz. Information about the other artists can be found here.


The complete program of WATER&SOUND – Festival of Cultures 2023 here.


New in the video series “Crossing borders with music”: Fatoumata Diawara with “An Ka Bin” live on the open-air stage 2022. “Crossing borders with music” was created in 2020 during the lockdowns to keep creative collaborations alive and to document in-house productions and creative processes.