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Festival profile

Sommerblut is a cultural pioneer. The Cologne cultural festival is always trying to anticipate developments in society.

Sommerblut draws the edge into the centre and brings the centre to the edge. The cultural festival lives the vision of cultural participation for all people, regardless of physical or mental disability, ethnic and social origin, age, sexual identity, gender and religion.

Sommerblut is experimental and touching. The cultural festival is risky, breaks with conventional ways of seeing and performing and brings together a wide variety of perspectives.

Sommerblut is cross-divisional. Dance, music, visual arts, performance, theatre and literature create a vivid and inspiring mix, combine expertise with innovative art forms and open up new dimensions of experience.

SOMMERBLUT, the „Festival of Multipolar Culture“, sees itself as an inclusive cultural festival that combines different social and political points of view and identities. The concept of inclusion is deliberately broadly defined here: physical and cognitive characteristics, forms of life, value systems, traditions, beliefs – everything that determines the identity of every human being and the daily discourse in our society. The festival invites you to a change of perspective, in the direction of a cross-border, courageous art and culture.

The patron of the festival is Jürgen Roters, former mayor of Cologne. The chairperson of the non-profit organizational body, the association “Sommerblut Kulturfestival e.V.” is Andrea Asch.

SOMMERBLUT is a cultural festival with an international flair. Guest companies from abroad enrich the festival schedule every year. From 2013 to 2015, the international theatre project TABUROPA dealt with cultural, historical and everyday taboos in Europe. Twenty theatre-makers, choreographers, actors and dancers from Belgium, Poland, Portugal and Germany explored the meaning of taboos in four performances. The premiere of TABUROPA took place at Sommerblut 2014 and the ensembles then traveled on to the participating cities of Brussels, Lisbon and Warsaw (www.taburopa.eu).

In 2019 SOMMERBLUT had around 15,000 visitors who participated in the 18th festival edition with 35 events and over 220 artists at 25 venues. Guests included local, national and international artists.

Festival theme 2020: FUTURE

In the festival year 2020, SOMMERBLUT will focus on the FUTURE. The problem is, nobody knows how it will look like, even though the worlds most renowned thinkers and scientists are doing their best to make reliable forecasts. This uncertainty can be frightening or fire the imagination, it can lead to escapism  or fatalism, while people are driven either towards science or soothsayers. Or is it actually possible that our FUTURE is predetermined?

From the 8. to 24. of May, SOMMERBLUT will let skeptics and those who believe in a bright FUTURE have their say. We will present postapocalyptic scenarios, embark on a journey through time, look into the crystal ball and explore what became of the prophecies and FUTURE visions of the past.

Festival team

Rolf Emmerich
Festival Director

E-Mail: rolf.emmerich@sommerblut.de


Anna-Mareen Henke
Artistic Director & Programming

E-Mail: anna.mareen.henke@sommerblut.de


Raphael Spiegel
Festival Assistent

E-Mail: raphael.spiegel@sommerblut.de


Christina Siegert
Assistent to the Artistic Director

E-Mail: christina.siegert@sommerblut.de


Marc Kersten
Press spokesman and Public relations
Editor in chief (Web, program brochure)

E-Mail: marc.kersten@sommerblut.de / presse@sommerblut.de

Graphic design

E-Mail: grafik@sommerblut.de


Kai Kullen                     Alex Ketzer

Stephan Collet
Marketing & Coordination

E-Mail: stephan.collet@sommerblut.de

Maximilian Ruta
Programming and CMS

E-Mail: webmaster@sommerblut.de

Mechthild Kreuser
Commissioner for inclusion

E-Mail: mechthild.kreuser@sommerblut.de

Felix Dornseifer
Project manager

E-Mail: felix.dornseifer@sommerblut.de


Sommerblut Team

Frank Reimann
Our man for all seasons…


The Festival in numbers

  • 2019: 13.500 visitors, 35 events and 24 venues
  • 2018: 6.000 visitors, 31 events and 24 venues
  • 2017: 10.000 visitors, 38 events and 24 venues
  • 2016: 15 years Sommerblut with 15.000 visitors, 80 events and 35 venues
  • 2015: 11.000 visitors, 80 events and 30 venues
  • 2014: 12.000 visitors, 80 events and 35 venues
  • 2013: 11.000 visitors, 70 events and 40 venues
  • 2012: 12.000 visitors, 60 events and 25 venues
  • 2011: 18.000 visitors, 120 events and 35 venues
  • 2010: 20.000 visitors, 150 events and 45 venues
  • 2009: 23.000 visitors, 150 events @ 40 venues
  • 2008: 20.000 visitors, 120 events and 25 venues
  • 2007: 26 venues, 62 events with more than 300 artists; estimated number of visitors: 15.000
  • 2006: 15 venues, 52 events with more than 100 artists, 14 Cologne premieres; estimated number of visitors: 10.000
  • 2005: 28 events, 50 artists, nine Cologne premieres and ten venues; estimated number of visitors: 8.000
  • 2004: 25 events @ Theaterhaus Köln, Limelight Köln, Gloria-Theater, Theater im Bauturm, Freies Werkstatt Theater; estimated number of visitors: 6.500
  • 2003: 16 events @ Theaterhaus Köln and Limelight Köln, ca. 5.000 visitors
  • 2002: 13 events @ Theaterhaus Köln and Limelight Köln; ca. 2.000 visitors