Messe Karlsruhe informs: Start of construction work for the 11th General Assembly of the World Council of Churches

From August 31 to September 8, 2022, the World Council of Churches (WCC) will meet for its 11th assembly in Karlsruhe. The construction work is accompanied by restrictions and diversions.

Around 4,000 participants from all over the world are expected. The focus of the event is in the inner-city congress center. There, the Garden Hall, the Black Forest Hall, the Concert Hall and the Nancy Hall are used for lecture rooms, plenary sessions and offices. A Magic Sky, a flexible screen system, will be set up on the fairground and will create a unique atmosphere.

“We are very pleased to welcome the Christian world as hosts here in Karlsruhe. Preparations for the General Assembly have been in full swing behind the scenes for months. Now the visible construction work on the fairground is also beginning,” says Holger Klanfer, Director Congress & Cultural Events at Messe Karlsruhe. "Together with the governing body of the WCC and all stakeholders in the city, we are working closely together to give the event the ideal setting with radiance throughout the world."

The measures at a glance:

Wednesday, August 31, 2022 to Thursday, September 08, 2022:

  • The event times are daily from approx. 8:30 a.m. to approx. 10:00 p.m.
  • A musical accompaniment under the Magic Sky will also be audible for the residents.
  • The congress is for invited guests only, the exhibition on Ettlinger Straße and in front of the Novotel is open to the public.

The dismantling of all mobile structures is expected to last until September 21, 2022

The following restrictions apply to road users:

The event area and thus the entire fairground is expected to be closed on August 30th, 2022. It will then no longer be possible for pedestrians and cyclists to pass through the fairground. The site can only be entered by event participants and employees with access authorization.

A detour for pedestrians and cyclists will be set up and signposted accordingly (Ettlinger Straße and Hermann-Billing Straße via the Ettlinger/Herrmann-Billing intersection).

The north entrance to the Stadtgarten remains open. Access is from Beiertheimer Allee and the seminar house via the passage between the Konzerthaus and Nancy Halle and is signposted accordingly. We recommend using the south entrance at the main train station, there are no restrictions there.

The subway station Kongresszentrum on Ettlinger Straße in the direction of the main station can still be reached via the elevator and the escalator.

Access to the Physiopraxis Konz (in the Vierordtbad building) will continue to be guaranteed.

About the event:

The Assembly is the highest decision-making body of the World Council of Churches (WCC) and usually meets every eight years. It is the only occasion when the fellowship of member churches comes together in one place to pray, counsel and celebrate together. An assembly is a special event in the life of member churches, ecumenical partners and other churches, bringing together around 4,000 participants from all corners of the world in one place. The 11th General Assembly of the WCC is being held at the joint invitation of the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), the Evangelical Church in Baden, the Association of Christian Churches in Germany (ACK), the Union of Protestant Churches of Alsace and Lorraine (UEPAL) and the Evangelical -Reformed Church of Switzerland in Karlsruhe (Germany).

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