Schlossfest of the University of Mannheim Canceled Again

The Schlossfest of the University of Mannheim, which was scheduled for 11 September 2021, will not take place due to the coronavirus pandemic / 17th Schlossfest postponed to September 10, 2022

The Schlossfest, which usually takes place at the beginning of the fall semester, will not be celebrated this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and the resulting difficulties in planning. At present, it is still unclear whether large events can take place again in September but with an average of 15,000 guests, the Schlossfest falls into the category of “large events”. In addition, the fact that the Schloss cannot provide its usual room capacities due to the ongoing construction works would make it difficult to comply with potential hygiene requirements. “Limiting the number of guests, in turn, is not economically feasible for the university,” says Prof. Thomas Puhl, President of the University of Mannheim. Moreover, according to Betty Kübe, managing director of the Universität Mannheim Service und Marketing GmbH and main organizer of the Schlossfest, the artists who substantially contribute to the program also need planning security. For all these reasons, although with a heavy heart, the organizers have decided to cancel this year’s Schlossfest.

Schlossfest 2022 on 10 September
Nevertheless, the cancellation of the Schlossfest 2021 is accompanied by the hope to hold the 17th edition of the cultural and scientific event in fall 2022. “We expect to re-open our doors on September 10, 2022, to celebrate the Schlossfest together with the citizens of Mannheim,” says President Puhl.

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Looking Back at the Schlossfest 2019 of the University of Mannheim

For the 16th time, the University organized a great festival with a most diverse arts, music, comedy, and science program at the beginning of the semester. After the President of the University of Mannheim, Prof. Dr. Thomas Puhl, had welcomed the new first-year students, the cultural program began on various stages. Only on the main stage, the program had to be interrupted for a short time due to the onset of a thunderstorm. After the rain had cleared, however, the drummers from the “Trommelpalast Tropamin” quickly put the audience into good humor. Although the weather remained unstable, about 9500 visitors found their way to the festival grounds and enjoyed the fireworks as well as the musical and artistic highlights.

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The Idea

“Welcome to the University of Mannheim and to the Mannheim Schlossfest,” will be the official words of welcome when the President of the University, Prof. Dr. Thomas Puhl, and the Mayor of the city of Mannheim, Dr. Peter Kurz, officially welcome the first-year students in September.

The Schlossfest is intended to enable new students to introduce “their” University to their families and friends right at the beginning of their studies. However, the Schlossfest is much more than just a festival for students and university staff. The free cultural program is open to friends and partners of the University as well as to all interested citizens. You are all cordially invited to celebrate and exchange ideas with us in a festive atmosphere.