Colorful, exciting, musical and exciting – the first Hamburg Spielbuden Festival wants to be all of these at once and has invited around 300 artists and artist groups to the Reeperbahn.

Hamburg (dpa) – The 1st Hamburg Spielbudenfestival on the Reeperbahn has officially opened with impressive fire shows that can be seen from afar.

The focus of the show was the Hellfire fire-breathing master, who demonstrated his skills while standing on an excavator. Festival founder Corny Littmann hosted the evening.

Hamburg Senator for Culture Carsten Brosda (SPD) said it was a unique cultural experience to find play booths on Spielbudenplatz. “The festival builds on the tradition of the showman and the cabinets of curiosities of yesteryear and at the same time celebrates the liveliness and diversity of the modern street art scene. This creates a very special kind of open-air theater in the heart of St. Pauli – a great addition to Hamburg’s cultural scene. “

Over 200 years ago, artists, artists and actors could be admired there in wooden cabins. On Friday afternoon, the festival in the Hamburg district of St. Pauli had already opened and the first artists showed their skills.

Many leading artists from the international street art scene will perform at Spielbudenplatz until Sunday. Guests of the open-air festival – entry is free – can expect to see acrobats, clowns, fire eaters, rope access workers, musicians and more. According to reports, around 300 solo artists and groups travel from almost all continents. A special attraction is the exhibition stand of showman Dominik Schmitz, which is said to be the only exhibition stand of its kind still in Europe that is traditionally operated.

Masks must be worn on the premises and the usual corona distances must be observed. Vaccinated, recovered or officially tested visitors need official proof and must also reserve a free time slot in advance.