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Elbfest.Hamburg to celebrate 150th anniversary of Sandtorhafen

Music ensemble, light art and parade of ships are part of the new port festival's programme

The Stiftung Hamburg Maritim is to celebrate the opening of the Sandtorhafen 150 years ago during this year’s Elbfest.Hamburg on September 17th and 18th. Events during the Elbfest will be held in the Sandtorhafen in HafenCity, Harbour Museum in Kleiner Grasbrook and the Elbe.

Pub quizzes and maritime images

Markus Söhl, a representative of Stiftung Hamburg Maritim, said:“We are delighted that the partners Stiftung Hamburg Maritim, Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg, Museumshafen Oevelgönne e.V. and the HafenCity Hamburg GmbH have come together for the Hamburg Elbfest. We appreciate the close collaboration and hope to hold this festival together in future as well.”

The programme includes “tune” – a 12-strong ensemble of musicians, who will set the scene in Sandtorhafen with music and performances, as well as a projection of maritime images by the light artist Katrin Bethge and “Requiem auf die Krane” (Requiem on the Crane) by the dramaturge Michael Batz. Quiz masters Tom Zimmermann and Darren Grundorf will relocate their famous pub quiz to the port. Visitors can go on guided tours of Sandtorhafen to learn about its vivid history.

History of work in the port

Singers, songwriters, jazz musicians and actors will perform on stage in the Harbour Museum. Those confirmed include the Hamburg musician Gerrit Hoss and his third solo album “PLATT!”, singer-songwriter Alex Hirsch, who will present his debut album and an actor from the Thalia Theatre will do a reading. The improvised theatre Hidden Shakespeare and the audience will bring the port’s history to life. Children can watch a smith in action or try their hand at rope making.

Parade of 50 traditional ships

Life and work along the Elbe have changed vastly over the last centuries. Many professions of old no longer exist. And ships with formerly important functions are no longer visible in the port. Voluntary crews, who care for and do maintenance on traditional ships, are inviting people for a chat at the port’s boundaries. A big parade of 50 traditional ships will be held on Saturday afternoon. It has for years been one of the highlights in September.

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