China on the Rhine – A Summer of Chinese Cultural Events in Duesseldorf

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China on the Rhine – A Summer of Chinese Cultural Events in Duesseldorf

The great presence of Chinese people and culture in Düsseldorf is a major influence on the city’s world-famous variety of top-notch art events and festivals.  This summer, four celebrations of Chinese culture are highlights in the 2015 cultural calendar, including the annual Chinafest on September 5, 2015.


Düsseldorf, Germany – It may be surprising, but Düsseldorf and China are closely connected, and the ties show up in many ways all around the city. Around 2,700 Chinese live and work in Düsseldorf and more than 300 Chinese companies are located here, with about 800 in the region.  Air China now has five weekly non-stop flights from Düsseldorf Airport (DUS) to Beijing, and in September Cathay Pacific starts operating four weekly non-stop flights to Hong Kong.  After the USA, China is the next biggest market for the region, with about 21 billion euro in exports last year alone.

This summer, Düsseldorf will express its love for China with four major cultural events:


Chinafest – September 5, 2015

One of Düsseldorf’s major outdoor festivals, the annual Chinafest, is now in its fifth year and attracts about 30,000 to the city’s famous Old Town for a free all-day program of Chinese art and culture presentations, music and dance performances, and all kinds of related activities for the whole family.


“China 8 – Contemporary Art from China,” May 15 – September 1, 2015

This exhibit at NRW-Forum, one of the city’s premiere art venues, is an overview of the Rhine Ruhr region’s extensive fine arts event of related exhibits and shows in 9 venues in 8 cities.  “China 8 – Contemporary Art from China” includes painting, sculpture, art installations, photography, video art, ink painting, and calligraphy.


“Shanghai Nights,” August 6 – October 25, 2015

This show at “Roncalli’s Apollo Varieté” features breath-taking Chinese acrobatics in a poetic and magical production.  The venue is one of Europe’s largest and most beautiful Varieté theaters.


“Kangxi/CHINA CONTEMPORARY,” July 19 – November 8, 2015

This art exhibit at the German Museum of Ceramics (also called: Hetjens-Museum) explores the relationship between the Far East and the West as expressed in contemporary porcelain art from the time of Emperor Kangxi – a golden age in China.


Düsseldorf’s tourism office is offering hotel and city specials for stays in 2015.  The package, called “Düsseldorf à la Card,” can be booked right from the tourism office’s website at  Prices start at €49 per night per person based on double-occupancy for a 2-3-star hotel in the city center and at €95 per person for a 4-star hotel.  The package includes breakfast, one DüsseldorfCard (free public transportation within city limits plus 30 free or reduced admissions to city attractions), and a city information package. Please check the website for current information.

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Düsseldorf Marketing & Tourism GmbH is the visitors and convention bureau of the city of Düsseldorf.  Its responsibilities include tourism and city marketing, as well as conference and meeting marketing, hotel reservation services, fairs and convention services, city event ticket sales and advance ticket reservations.  For more information, visit

Düsseldorf Airport, Germany’s Next Generation HubTM, offers several non-stop flights from US cities (Atlanta, Chicago, Ft. Myers, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Newark), as well as convenient connections to many European cities.  For more information about the airport, visit




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