AUG 2022
About the program
Open air
arkadenhof Uni Bonn
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Next year from August 11th to 21st, 2022, the Förderverein Filmkultur Bonn e.V. will host the International Silent Film Festival. For the second year in a row, Germany's biggest silent film festival will take place in hybrid form – the films will be shown under the open sky in the courtyard of the university and streamed on this website. We are looking forward to making our film and music programme accessible to a broad and international audience despite the pandemic.

Silent Film Festival

Bereits zum 38. Mal findet im August 2022 das besucherstärkste Stummfilmfestival Europas mitten in Bonn statt. Neurestaurierte Klassiker, Wiederentdeckungen, exotische Raritäten. Das Programm vereint populäre und unbekannte Titel der Frühzeit des Kinos, deren technische Raffinesse staunen lässt. Auch in Ästhetik, Dramaturgie und Schauspiel überzeugen die Filme noch heute. Das Publikum reicht von neugierigen Erstbesucher*innen bis zu ausgewiesenen Filmkenner*innen. Fachbranche mischt sich mit begeisterten Hobbycineast*innen. Jung und alt, Familien und Freundesgruppen, Paare aller Altersklassen, Gäste, die alleine kommen, aber im Hof nicht einsam bleiben. Die Veranstaltung ist auch ein Ort der Begegnung und des Austauschs. Ein jährliches Wiedersehen mit Gleichgesinnten, ein Erlebnis für alle Sinne.

Live Music

The films are accompanied by a selection of renowned musicians from around the world, most of whom have dedicated themselves solely to silent film. As soloists or in small ensembles, they provide the films with sound. The accompaniments vary from composed scores to spontaneous improvisations. Pianos and violins are the classic instruments that accompany silent film. In Bonn, a flute, drums, an oboe and a harp complement the instrumentation. Sometimes a musician plays several instruments during one film. You can find more on the musicians at the festival further down on this page.

Open Air

The films are presented outdoors in the Arkadenhof at the University of Bonn. Nearly 1500 chairs are available for viewers (this year only 500 due to the coronavirus epidemic). In case of rain, there is standing room for several hundred people in the Arkaden walkway. You're well-equipped for the film evenings with a sweater, blanket and umbrella. Every weather condition has its particular charm. Events are free but donations are requested. This means you'll have to be there early some evenings to get a seat. If the courtyard is full, the gate will be closed. You can pass the time waiting for it to get dark, and for the screening to begin, by reading or chatting in the wonderful atmosphere of the Electoral Palace. Bonn's "most beautiful movie theater" has a 100-square-meter screen and 35 mm film projectors that are used in alternation, as well as the latest digital film technology.
Stream & Videos

Maud Nelissen (piano)

Maud Nelissen is a Dutch pianist en composer who has particularly dedicated herself to the creation of musical accompaniment for classic silent films. She worked in Italy with Charlie Chaplin’s last music arranger Eric James, Since then she has been much in demand by festivals and special events in Europe, America and Asia. She founded her own ensemble, ‘The Sprockets’, for silent film accompaniment, and performs solo, or with The Sprockets or with various other ensembles and orchestras in Holland and abroad. Among her most notable orchestral scores is that for Erich von Stroheim's 1925 classic THE MERRY WIDOW. www.maudnelissen.com

How to find us

Arkadenhof at the University of Bonn (Regina Pacis Weg 1, 53113 Bonn).

Right across the street from the Markt bus stop is the entrance to the courtyard. With the tram/subway, go 5 minutes from the main train station to the main university building and the "Uni/Markt" station. You can park in the surrounding parking garages such as the university garage, or enter the market garage via Stockenstrasse.

Drinks and Snacks

It'sa warm summer evening, the sun is setting over the Baroque university courtyard, and there's a cool drink in your hand. Life is good!

We offer a wide selection of non-alcoholic beverages (Fritz, Aqua con viva), Pilsner and Kölsch beer, and excellent French wines of all kinds. Our snack selection includes high-quality nibbles and organic sweets (also vegan).We request that you refrain from bringing your own drinks to the courtyard. By purchasing snacks and drinks, you actively support the event.

questions and answers
When do the doors open?

Doors open at 7 pm. The best seats are gone quickly! You can enjoy a cold beer or a nice glass of wine at the venue, drinks are sold on-site. Please be aware that we rely on the revenue from selling refreshments.

How much is the entrance fee?

Admission is free for all performances in the Arkadenhof (arcade court). There is no seat reservation for those events. The cost of admission for the sunday events at the LVR-Landesmuseum is 5€ concessions.

What am I allowed / not allowed to take inside?

Bags will be searched at the doors to ensure the safety of all attendees. Sharp objects and all weapons will be seized, as well as bottled drinks. You can bring anything else you like!

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