Much is going on in Halle in Westphalia: The tennis elite of the world compete in the Gerry Weber Open (in June). Many thousands of sports enthusiasts travel here from afar for this top event. The Gerry Weber Stadium and the adjacent event centre are also stages for world renowned artists and popular place for events of all kinds.
Internationally known musicians have been arranging the classical music festival of Haller Bach Festival (February) for more than four decades. Calendar highlights of regional rank are the Haller Willem Festival (in May) and the St. Nicholas' Day market (the first day of advent). Thousands of guests come from neighbouring cities to meet friends in Halle in Westphalia in these events.
The region’s festival of classical music
Next date: 26th January - 11th February 2018
The town of Halle and the Johannis choir of the Protestant church have been holding the Haller Bach Days music festival for more than 50 years. This means half a century of varied and ambitious music by renowned soloists and ensembles in this classical music festival that is known well beyond the regional borders.
Baroque, chamber music, choral pieces, modern and experimental music, children’s concert, organ music, orchestral concerts, spiritual and atmospheric music are on offer at this classical music festival, renowned well beyond the town limits of Halle. The festival has been led by Martin Rieker since 1987 and he has always succeeded in securing the commitment of important performers and ensembles for the Bach Days.
The Halle Bach Choir is the mainstay of the Halle Bach Days and it has developed over the years into a wonderful body of sound. Another fixed pillar of the Bach Days is the Heintz organ in the church of St. John, which was built essentially in accordance with the ideas of the trained organ builder Rieker and has since regularly attracted important performers to the town. The wonderful sound of this instrument, which is unique in the region enthuses the public and the artists equally.
‘Halle blüht auf’ (‘Halle in bloom‘) Spring Fair
Halle welcomes the arrival of Spring
Next date: 9th - 11th March 2018
A funfair, shopping, fireworks and more: fittingly for the beginning of Spring, when we are all looking forward to warmer temperatures in order to spend more time outdoors, Halle celebrates the town funfair with shops opening on Sunday according to the theme of ‘Halle blüht auf’or ‘Halle in bloom’.
The programme offers attractive rides for young and old and stands with sweet and savoury tasty treats: a colourful and fun mixture for the whole family. This also includes the opening day in the garden of the town hall with a ‘happy hour’ and traditional Baroque fireworks on the Saturday. The ‘Kneipenmusik’ bar music festival on the Friday is just as much part of the event as the open shops on the Sunday during which the merchants in Halle present their new trends and tips for Spring.
Next date: 9th - 10th May 2018
The ‘Haller Willem’ town festival offers fun and entertainment for young and old.
The festival, which attracts more than 20,000 visitors to the centre of Halle every year, is named after the historical Halle carter Wilhelm Stuckemeyer. The section of railway (regional railway) between Osnabrück and Bielefeld also bears this name. The town festival has been presented in this form by the municipal office of culture since 2000.
If you love social get-togethers or feel like celebrating, or if you would like to take advantage of the opportunity to spend time with good friends, then the Halle town festival is an event not to be missed.
There is a varied programme of music and cabaret on two stages. Clubs and performers from Halle are supported by professional musicians and renowned cabaret artists. The historical steam engine runs in honour of the old carter ‘Haller Willem’.
Next date: 16th - 24th June 2018
Game, Set and Match was the slogan of the 25th silver anniversary of the GERRY WEBER OPEN 2017. After a successful birthday tournament the elite players will also compete at the 26th tournament edition, led by titleholder Roger Federer from Switzerland and Alexander Zverev. The German tennis star signed a three-year contract, which is dated up to and including 2020. Furthermore, the Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem and Kei Nishikori, the greatest tennis player of Japan of all times, among others. The GERRY WEBER OPEN in Halle in Westphalia offers world-class tennis and a high-class entertainment programme annually. In 2018 the internationally renowned ATP 500 tournament on grass court is endowed with a prize money of 1.966.095 euros.
‘Haller Herbst’ Autumn Festival
The Haller Herbst autumn festival gets Halle and its guests into the mood for autumn with beer tent seating, straw bale decorations and sunflowers.
Meet here in a relaxed atmosphere, chat and have a good time over a pleasant drink. Regional restaurants, caterers, companies and clubs look after the provision of food.
Businesses around Ronchin Square and in Rosenstrasse and Bahnhofstrasse invite you to visit their shops on Sunday between 1 pm and 6 pm to enjoy a day with many special offers.
‘Nikolausmarkt’ (‘St. Nicholas’) Christmas Market
Traditionally on the 1st Sunday of Advent
Next date: 30th November - 2nd December 2018
The Halle Nikolaus Market has been held for more than 30 years now, always on the 1st advent weekend (Friday to Sunday) in the square around the church of St. John.
The market is well known beyond the borders of Halle primarily for the cosy, informal atmosphere of the sales stalls and huts in the style of timbered buildings. The large, almost 3-metre tall gingerbread witch’s house is a particular attraction as well as the surprises that St. Nicholas brings in his sack for the children. Every year the businesses and organisations in Halle fulfil 24 children’s wishes and a varied programme of music provides a congenial atmosphere.
Shops are also open on the 1st Sunday of Advent in tandem with the market.