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27 Oct 2023

Festive cultural highlights in Karlsruhe

Pinocchio and 'Weihnachten neu erleben'

In the days before and after Christmas, not one but two events on the premises of Messe Karlsruhe will ensure a festive mood. The Badisches Staatstheater takes its audience on a journey into the world of fairy tales with a performance of "Pinocchio", while the dm-arena serves as the setting for the multimedia Christmas show "Weihnachten neu erleben".

"Pinocchio" by the Badisches Staatstheater in the Konzerthaus: A magical family play for the Christmas season.

From 12 November to 11 January 2024, the Badisches Staatstheater will present a winter fairy tale in the Konzerthaus with the play Pinocchio. The famous tale by the 19th century Italian author Carlo Collodi is one of the classics of literature. The team led by director and section head of the JUNGEN STAATSTHEATER Nele Tippelmann is bringing the adventures of the famous wooden puppet to the stage of the Konzerthaus as this year's family play at Christmas time for both young and old. On selected dates, Pinocchio will be offered with live audio description, in German sign language as well as surtitles in various languages.

"Weihnachten neu erleben" in the dm-arena: Spectacular charity event for the festive season

From 7 to 10 December, the multimedia Christmas show "Weihnachten neu erleben" will transform the dm-arena into a colourful theme park. The touching life story of the lonely wonder park owner, on his search for the true meaning of Christmas, is played out. The spectacular show is accompanied by well-known mega hits from Whitney Houston to The Weeknd. A Christmas market in Hall 1 will provide for the guests' physical well-being and a festive atmosphere.

"Weihnachten neu erleben" is one of Germany's biggest charity events in aid of local children's aid projects. During the show, the audience has the opportunity to support the projects financially. Around 2,000 volunteers, including helpers, technicians, musicians, singers and performers have been hard at work preparing since September. "It is impossible to count all the hours invested in providing the Karlsruhe region with a spectacular Christmas experience," says Markus Heusser, Managing Director of Weihnachten neu erleben e.V. "Since 2017, we have enjoyed working very successfully with the team at Messe Karlsruhe. This success story will continue in 2023. The dm-arena offers the necessary setting for this, so that the 75,000 visitors can feel at home."

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