From politics at close quarters to ideas for tomorrow’s world:

the programme for Hamburg’s German Unity Festival

Hamburg will be celebrating the Festival of Unity with an exciting programme on 2 and 3 October around the Binnenalster, Rathausmarkt, Gänsemarkt and Mönckebergstrasse. This year, the event includes a new highlight – a Unity Night party – which takes place on 2 October 2023. Projects and initiatives that are already opening horizons today will be showcased in a number of themed areas.

Internationality, progress and sustainability are the main focuses of German Unity Festival in Hamburg. The programme itinerary is currently being planned in further detail. It will be an exciting mix of traditional and innovation – with something for all interests and ages.


Federal States Boulevard:
a journey around Germany – in Hamburg

From the North Sea and the Baltic Sea down to the Alps, from the Rhine to the Oder: the Laender Mile along Moenckebergstrasse showcase the things that make each federal state unique und distinctive – from individuals, landscapes, cultural, scientific and political institutions to regional culinary specialities and music.

The Young Future Lab:
a hotspot for tomorrow’s world

Networking, workshops, edutainment: the Young Future Lab on Gänsemarkt is a future workshop, think tank and hotspot for all those who want to shape the future of politics and the world. It provides a handle on tomorrow’s issues for everyone aged between 14 and 30 and is collaborating with partners from politics, business, science, media and culture, including the Hamburg Foundation Days, the State Agency for Civic Education and Seed, all of whom will be presenting their work.

Associations and Institutions:
Hamburg’s rich diversity

Living in Hamburg means experiencing Hamburg. In several locations between Ballindamm, Alstertor and the Europapassage shopping centre, Hamburg’s associations and institutions will be presenting their work, including Hamburg Pride and BID Reeperbahn. This is the top spot for anyone who wants to (re)discover Hamburg and its diverse opportunities.

Hamburg international:
the world in Hamburg

With so many international companies, their employees and numerous national representations, Hamburg is a truly international city. After Hong Kong and New York, Hamburg is the city with the most consulates in the world. With a programme of information and culture on stage and in booths, the many international associations and bilateral clubs in Hamburg will be presenting themselves and making Hamburg’s international spirit visible for all. Consulates, the port, bilateral cultural associations, the Pact for Solidarity and Future with Kyiv, the Europa-Union, Info-Point Europe, the English Theatre and numerous other international organisations will be taking part.

Hamburg digital:
experience progress live

Hamburg, Germany’s smartest city, is revealing its most exciting digital sides, including innovative solutions for future mobility. The city and representatives of Hamburg’s digital economy will be presenting their ideas and projects between Große Bleichen and Colonnaden.

German Unity Night:
streets full of live entertainment

The Festival after-show on 2 October offers live entertainment from music and culture at the event locations around the Binnenalster and beyond. From the city’s stages to museums and churches to the café next door: until midnight visitors can explore, hear and see the city’s incredible cultural diversity.

The Constitutional Bodies:
where democracy lives

Institutions that protect the rule of law and democracy: the constitutional bodies – the Bundesrat, the German Bundestag, the Federal Government and the Federal Constitutional Court – will be providing information about their duties and work on the Rathausmarkt, in the inner courtyard of the City Hall and in the Chamber of Commerce.

Hamburg Metropolitan Region:
five million ideas

Hamburg’s metropolitan region is more than just a popular holiday and leisure destination. It is home to five million people and a successful economic region with many innovative businesses. On Reesendammbrücke between Jungfernstieg and Ballindamm, the region will be demonstrating its diversity, showcasing the many things that unite it and its vision for the future.

Blue Light Row:
on duty for the community

The German Federal Armed Forces, the fire brigade, the police, the THW (German Federal Agency for Technical Relief) and a number of aid organisations will be hosting stands between Adolphsplatz and Rathausmarkt and providing information about their work. Prepare for lots of flashing blue lights and the thrilling opportunity to view police cars and response vehicles.

Hamburg sustainable:
introducing Hamburg’s businesses and initiatives

During the Festival, Hamburg’s “green artery” will extend along Neuer Jungfernstieg, where institutions, associations and businesses will be presenting their projects, educating about the UN’s sustainability goals and staging the topic with hands-on solutions.

Children and Families:
fun and games for all generations

The Festival is a party for everyone, including the youngest visitors. The two event areas at St. Petri church / Speersort and in Colonnaden invite families to enjoy fun games, crafts and adventures.

NDR Alster Stage:
live shows on Lake Alster

The hotspot for entertainment: for the two days of the event, the large stage on the Binnenalster section of Lake Alster will be buzzing with live music and entertainment in cooperation with NDR.

Admission to the Festival and all events on 2 and 3 October is free of charge. Over the coming weeks, additional content and information will be added, including information for the neighbourhoods and local residents.

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