Weimar’s reputation also owes a lot to music history: Johann Sebastian Bach spent 13 productive years here as the court organist. 2014 will mark the 300th anniversary of his promotion to the position of concert master by the duke. That same year, his son Carl Philipp Emanuel was born. Both anniversaries are reason enough to celebrate the Bach family with music festivals in 2014: The renowned Thüringer Bachwochen will present top-class concerts performed by famous artists from 12 April until 4 May. And in Weimar, the Bachfest and the Bach-Biennale will take place from 30 April until 4 May.
"From the ice they are freed, the stream and brook, By the Spring's enlivening, lovely look; The valley's green with joys of hope; The Winter old and weak ascends - Back to the rugged mountain slope." Goethe's Easter walk- Faust I
In the tradition of Goethe's Easter walk we start spring with a colourful and atmospheric Easter market (on market square 12&13 April 2014)
Generous park landscapes, open squares and narrow alleys: ideal stages for street festivals, music performers, warm film evenings and great concert events. During the summer, artists, audiences and strollers go outdoors and discover a relaxed elegance in Weimar that is unique in European cultural cities. In the summertime, Weimar offers an interchange between light enjoyment and creative art.