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The Blue Night – Nuremberg’s Long Night of Art and Culture

Saturday, 6 May, 2017, 7 p.m. (until 7 May, around 4 a.m.)
Nuremberg Old Town – Topic: Odyssey

On 6 May 2017, the 18th Blaue Nacht, Nuremberg’s Long Night of Art and Culture, will again be the brilliant kick-off for Nuremberg’s cultural summer, offering a high-class programme for all fans of art and culture.

This year, the projection on the castle walls, as every year, will be a must for all visitors to Die Blaue Nacht. Designed by Fürth artist Barbara Engelhardt, the title of the story she writes on the castle façade is “… when the young dawn with finger tips of rose lit up the world ...” – a quotation from Homer’s Odyssey. Internationally acclaimed Berlin multi-media artist, Philipp Geist – who caused quite a sensation when he lit up Cologne Cathedral and the surrounding square last New Year’s Eve – will present his video mapping show “Into the Blue” at the New City Hall on the Main Market Square.

Eleven lateral-thinking, contrary, sometimes mysterious, but also fun projects from the Blaue Nacht art competition may be discovered in unusual locations.

For example, B. Tim Roßberg, Osnabrück, uses a projection to create “meanders” on the floor of the Carthusian Church inside the Germanisches Nationalmuseum. The visitors’ shadows will dissolve them, developing new meanders, patterns, routes.

Marina de Camargo Silva, a Brazilian living in Berlin, will make the celestial maps of the past ten years shine on the ceiling of St Egidien Church, finishing with the last map, that of the Blaue Nacht of 6 May, 2017!

And finally, around 70 cultural institutions with their comprehensive and surprising programmes will again underline the diversity of Nuremberg’s cultural scene. They include: the Germanisches Nationalmuseum, the Neues Museum, the Jazz Studio, club stereo, CityRock in the CPH, the Jakob book shop, Nuremberg Music Academy, the Kunstverein Nürnberg / Albrecht Dürer Gesellschaft and all inner city churches, to name but a few of over 70 institutions involved. Yet again Die Blaue Nacht proves that Nuremberg is indeed a culture city!

The projection on the castle façade and the video mapping installation on the Main Market Square are guaranteed to attract all visitors to Blaue Nacht. For all those who want more, who want to experience the entire Die Blaue Nacht package, who want to find out about the high-profile diversity of Nuremberg’s cultural life, the Blue-Night-Ticket is definitely the right choice. It is also ideal for all those who want to get to Die Blaue Nacht (and back home again) without bother, because the ticket comprises public transport in the entire VGN area (for ticket prices and further information please scroll down).

The special extra: with the Blaue-Nacht-Ticket you can get to Die Blaue Nacht and back home with by bus, tram and rail from all over the VGN area, with comfortable and relaxed public transport journeys. The ticket is valid as a public transport ticket on 6 May 2017 starting at 3 p.m. (until 7 May, end of service, including NightLiner)! 

For more information about the programme of Die Blaue Nacht (starting 6 April 2017), about online ticket sales (available now) and about booking a tour with the vintage car visit www.blauenacht.nuernberg.de; facebook.com/blauenacht.nuernberg; Twitter: #BlaueNacht


Dear visitors to Die Blaue Nacht,

You will certainly not lose your way, experiencing an odyssey – the topic of the 2017 Blaue Nacht  – on 6 May, for this programme brochure will guide you perfectly through Germany’s biggest and most varied long night of art and culture. After all, Homer’s epic “Odyssey” is also about searching, dreaming, seducing, longing, faithfulness, adventure, truth and truthfulness and finally – how could it be otherwise? – about love. You will probably not meet any one-eyed cyclops, as Homer described them 2,800 years ago, but maybe you’ll make the acquaintance of the odd siren or two luring you to visit as many events as possible?
On 6 May, the 18th Blaue Nacht will again mark the start of Nuremberg’s cultural summer. But it really starts a day earlier – at least for all visitors with an early bird ticket – on Friday 5 May, the eve of Die Blaue Nacht proper. On this evening, we will present a preview of all 11 projects from the Blaue Nacht Art Competition – anything from lateral-thinking to contrary. On Saturday, 6 May, the entire package of Die Blaue Nacht will be shown. In addition to the competition projects, there will be the wonderful castle projection by Fürth artist Barbara Engelhard, the fascinating video mapping show of world artist, Philipp Geist on the main market square, and of course many surprises in the programmes offered by the cultural institutions involved.
All of them have joined us again, and we have a few newcomers, too: over 70 institutions with very different topic focuses will show what they’ve got, and will yet again prove that Nuremberg is indeed a cultural city.
My warm thanks go to all those who have contributed to the success of Die Blaue Nacht. Here, I must name our main sponsors, the N-ERGIE Aktiengesellschaft, Deutsche Bank and NÜRNBERGER Versicherung. Equally warm thanks go to all our other financial sponsors, to the staff of the cultural institutions involved, and, last but not least, to all the artists.
I wish you fascinating discoveries on your journey through Nuremberg’s unique art and culture scene!
Prof Dr Julia Lehner
City of Nuremberg Deputy Mayor in Charge of Cultural Affairs


You may purchase a Ticket for Die Blaue Nacht in advance until

1 May, 2017, midnight for

5 May, 2017, (without mailing)

  • at the Kultur Information in KunstKulturQuartier, Königstraße 93 (Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sat 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • at all other ticket sales points (until their closign time)
  • online with Print@home until midnight
    Please note: on 6 May – due to system charges payable – there will be a different ticket price for print@home than for tickets purchased at the box office: 21.30 € (including VGN public transport ticket and system charges)
    Please note: a print@home ticket will only become a combination ticket (i.e. including VGN public transport), if it is personalised. So please enter the user name for each ticket.
On 6 May, only bracelets for Die Blaue Nacht will be available at the day / evening box offices (including VGN public transport ticket).

Mit der Eintrittskarte kostenlose Fahrt im VGNThe Blue Night Ticket Ticket ist nötig is a combination ticket

With a Ticket or a Bracelet for Die Blaue Nacht you can get to Die Blaue Nacht free of charge on all buses, trams and trains within the VGN area, and also get back home (6 May, 2017 from 3 p.m. until 7 May, 2017, about 4 a.m.). Owners of a FRÜHSPURT (early bird) ticket can use VGN public transport on Friday from 4 p.m. until end of service on 6 May, at 4 a.m.

Ticket Prices

Advance sales until 5 May (see above):

  • individual ticket 14.30 €
  • 5-friends ticket 65 € (13 € per person)
  • individual ticket for holders of Nürnberg-Pass or a Social Pass: 8.45 € (pass must be presented)
  • individual ticket for print@home on 7 May: 20.55 €
  • until 5 May (closing time) owners of a ZAC card (i.e. newspaper subscribers) can buy tickets at a discounted price at all business premises of the Nürnberger Nachrichten, the Nürnberger Zeitung and associated regional papers (individual ticket: 12 €, 5-friends ticket: 53.75 € (corresponds to 10.75 € / person, including advance sales charge, system charge and VGN public transport ticket).

All prices include advance booking and system fees as well as VGN public transport fee.

At the day / evening box offices on 6 May:

  • 17 € (including VGN public transport)
  • Print@home: 21.30 €

Please note:

  • While entrance is free for children up to 12 years, they will have to buy a VGN public transport ticket, if they want to use public transport.
  • For one person accompanying a disabled person (ID marked with “B”), entrance is free.

The Ticket Ticket ist nötig and the Bracelet for Die Blaue Nacht are valid

  • for all programme items marked with the symbol Ticket ist nötig.
  • for journeys around the Old Town with (historic) buses from the “Mobile Zeit(en)” (Mobile Times) scheme.
  • for a single journey with a vintage car (only in connection with a previous booking. You may book at Kultur Information, Königstraße 93, between 6 April and 5 May, 2017, at their opening times stated above.

... or entitle you to a reduction or free entrance:

  • club stereo (Old Town South 11, Late Night 4), MACH1 (Late Night 2) and KulturKellerei (Late Night 6).
  • entrance tickets (free) for the Ballet Soiree and the Special Concert in the Opera House (see also Old Town South 1)

Opening times of the Day / Evening Box Offices (ticket price 17 €):

On Friday, 5 May, 2017:
Kiosk in front of Lorenzkirche: 8 p.m. to midnight
On Saturday, 6 May, 2017 (Die Blaue Nacht):
  • Kultur Information im KunstKulturQuartier: Königstraße 93: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Kiosk in front of Lorenzkirche: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Kiosk corner Frauentorgraben / Lessingstraße: 4.30 p.m. to midnight
  • Kiosk Richard-Wagner-Platz: 4.30 p.m. to midnight
  • Planetarium, Am Plärrer 41: 5.30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • VAG-Mobil at the main train station / stance E (bus shuttle in the “Mobile Times” scheme): 6 p.m. to midnight
  • Kiosk on Kornmarkt: 6 p.m. to midnight
  • Kiosk Peter-Vischer-Straße, entrance Katharinenruine: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Kiosk at Sebalduskirche: 6 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Dunkelcafé, Hirsvolgelstr: 14, 7.p.m. to midnight
  • Neues Museum, Klarissenplatz: 7 p.m. to midnight
  • Museum Tucherschloss, Hirschelgasse: 9-11: 7 p.m. to midnight
  • Germanisches Nationalmuseum, entrance Way of Human Rights: 7 p.m. to midnight
  • Kunsthalle, Lorenzer Straße 32: 7 p.m. to midnight
  • Pellerhaus, Egidienplatz 23: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
  • Jazz Studio, Paniersplatz 27 / 29: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Through Die Blaue Nacht with the original “Blinky”!Blinky Verkaufsstelle

Blinky Verkäufer in der Blauen Nacht

Your shining company during Die Blaue Nacht: our official “Blinky”. Again this year, apprentices from NÜRNBERGER Versicherung will be walking around with their vendors’ trays, selling flashing magnet pins, the “Blinkys”. Takings will go directly towards supporting the cultural diversity of the next Blaue Nacht. You can find sales booths at St Lawrence’s Church, on Sebalder Platz and in Spitalgasse. In addition, the apprentices will be walking around the city until late at night.

The Blue Night wishes to thank its main sponsors:



LEONISparkasse Nürnberg Stadtreklame VAG Nürnberg

and media partners:

Nürnberger Nachrichten Franken Fernsehen Das neue Charivari 98.6 Plärrer - das Stadtmagazin

Times for Die Blaue Nacht

Times for Die Blaue Nacht

Core time: 7 p.m. to midnight; Late Night Meeting Points: round midnight to the early hours of the morning

Exceptions are marked in the programme. Some outdoor light installations and projections will only start after dark and will then continue until 1 a.m. The same applies to the projects of the Art Competition for Die Blaue Nacht (with the exception of Old Town South 2 and Old Town South 7).

We hope for your understanding, if due to large visitor numbers you have to wait, particularly at small venues or at the ascent to the towers.

Information Pillars – Finding your way through art and culture

Information Pillars – Finding your way through art and culture

With its prominently displayed information pillars, the LEONI AG provides landmarks for visitors during Die Blaue Nacht. The pillars will be placed next to the works of art participating in the Art Competition for Die Blaue Nacht and at important event locations, e.g. below the castle and at the starting points for vehicles taking part in the “Mobile Zeit(en)” scheme, and they will give interesting information about these events.

There will be plenty to eat and drink...

There will be plenty to eat and drink...

All caterers in the inner city will be ready for the visitors. In addition, high quality catering for Die Blaue Nacht will be on offer at the northern Lorenzer Platz, in Peter-Vischer-Straße (Katharinenruine), at Rathausplatz 2, and on Sebalder Platz.

Public Toilets (fee)

Public Toilets (fee)

  • Underground station Lorenzkirche (intermediate access level)
  • New City Hall, Hauptmarkt 18 (across IHK Chamber of Industry and Commerce)
  • Bahnhofsplatz 3 / underground pedestrian level
  • Neutormauer 21 / Tiergärtnertor

"Die Blauen Nachrichten"

The publishing house Nürnberger Presse/Druckhaus Nürnberg GmbH & Co will issue a special supplement about Die Blaue Nacht, containing current and extensive programme information. This paper will be delivered to households with the dailies Nürnberger Nachrichten and Nürnberger Zeitung one week before Blaue Nacht. In addition, “Die Blauen Nachrichten” may be picked up at all advance ticket sale locations and will be distributed during Die Blaue Nacht.

“Oases of Silence”

“Oases of Silence”

Seven churches in Nuremberg’s Old Town will again provide areas of calm in the midst of the vibrant happenings of Die Blaue Nacht:

  • Open Church St Klara’s, Königstraße 64, 8 p.m. to midnight (Old Town South 13)
  • St Elizabeth’s, Jakobsplatz 7, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Old Town South 18)
  • St James’, Jakobsplatz, 7.p.m. to midnight (Old town South 19)
  • St Lawrence’s, Lorenzer Platz, 8 p.m. to midnight (Old Town East 1)
  • St Egidien (St Giles’), Egidienplatz, 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Old Town East 20)
  • St Sebaldus’: Sebalder Platz, 7 p.m. to midnight (Old Town North 9)
  • Our Lady’s Church, Hauptmarkt, 7.30 p.m. to 1 a.m. (Old Town North 14)

Ascent of Towers

Ascent of Towers

You may enjoy a view of Nuremberg’s Old Town from three towers (restricted number of participants, waiting times may occur):

  • Tower of St Lawrence’s Church: 7 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. (last admission) (half-hourly guided tours, tickets at the entrance to the North Tower).
  • Tower of St Sebaldus’ Church: 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. (last admission) (visits start every half hour, tickets in the church entrance area)
  • Sinwell Tower: 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. (last admission).
Please note: For visits to the towers of St Lawrence’s and St Sebaldus’, in addition to the ticket, an entrance fee will be charged: adults 5 €, children 2 €

Film and Photopraphs

Film and Photopraphs

Please note: all visitors to Die Blaue Nacht agree irrevocably that the organiser is entitled – without obligation to pay a fee – to have image and sound recordings of the events made for documentation and advertising purposes, and to duplicate, broadcast and use those recordings. These rights have no spatial or time limitations.

Icons and Symbols

Icons and Symbols

Ticket ist nötig events marked with this: access with Die Blaue Nacht Ticket only / on the maps of the city quarters: sales kiosk for Die Blaue Nacht bracelets

Blinky Verkaufsstelle sale of “Blinky” flashing magnetic pin by NÜRNBERGER Versicherungsgruppe

Publikumspreis der N-ERGIE N-ERGIE Audience Award / Die Blaue Nacht Art Competition

WC vorhanden, leider nicht immer behindertengerecht WC available, unfortunately not all of them accessible

Leider kein WC vorhanden unfortunately no WC available

rollstuhlgerecht suitable for wheelchairs

leider nicht rollstuhlgerecht unfortunately not suitable for wheelchairs

eingeschränkt rollstuhlgerecht partially suitable for wheelchairs

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