Hildesheim’s 11th Street Art Festival

7th to 8th September 2018

International and national
artists of street art enchant the audience
at eleven locations within the city.

Whether mimes, accordion humor,
rousing lyrics, funny clowns or
daring pirouettes, there is no limit
at the Pflasterzauber!


Herzlich Willkommen. Bienvenue. Welcome. Bienvenidos. Hosgeldiniz. Benvenuti. Üdvözöljük.

On the 7th and 8th of September 2018, the curtain is raised for the Pflasterzauber Festival in Hildesheim. Many German and international street artists and street musicians delight young and old, big and small with lovingly staged and imaginative, amusing and comical, spectacular and improvised performances of outstanding quality. Whether art or acrobatics, magic or juggling, theatre or music, fire shows or clowns, there is something for everyone on this first-class program!


The idea behind the “Pflasterzauber” (Magic on the Cobblestones) street festival is simple: “Pflasterzauber” lives from the many different performances given by German and international artists. The currently largest street art festival in Lower Saxony has already been drawing enthusiastic crowds amounting to several thousands on the first weekend of September since 2008. The two-day open-air event is inspiring with its loving, imaginative, funny and bizarre, spectacular and improvised performances at the highest level of art. Whether artistic or acrobatics, magic or juggling, theatre or music, fire shows or clowns, this high-class program has something for everyone!

The concept is to provide events free of charge for the enjoyment of the visitors. The only rule is: “If you like it, it’s as easy as that, toss some money into the hat.” The artists do not receive a fixed wage, that’s why they really appreciate any money that goes into the hat. And a good round of applause is also appreciated, of course!

There are a number of different venues in downtown Hildesheim, where artists from all over the world show what they can do. In the evening hours at the latest, when fire shows light up the night and the rhythmic music has everyone’s foot tapping, that’s when everyone has been captivated by the “Magic on the Cobblestones”. As in every year, the grand finale is on Saturday evening at the Sparda Open-Air Gala event on the market square with a review of the best of all performances.



Characters with international flair enrich every year the Pflasterzauber. Artists, clowns, music, dance and more – the participants of the Pflasterzauber are diverse, colorful and lively!

Here are the artist of the year 2017:

  • Bikes & Rabbits


    Three “madmen” on a tower of ladders and books challenge the balance: everything cracks, wobbles and distorts itself – a constant tension of the imbalance. In this show the books are not read: they fall down, serve as hiding places or benefit the weight compensation. It should not work, but it does!

  • 15ft6


    Innovation meets circus at the highest level. 15ft6 put your minds to the test. The game with wobbly masts, tennis ball machines and bicycles on wheels, with juggling and acrobatics, is not just fun: the Belgian ensemble creates significant circus with content.



  • Solo Juntos


    A street festival. A dance floor. Colombian Cumbia music plays in the background. Suddenly someone whirls through the air. With expressive contemporary dance and risky acrobatics, Solo Juntos creates a dynamic body language and a distinctive mood. The street festival is called “Pflasterzauber” and the dance floor is the city.

  • elabö


    Two rather weird chess figures move over the playing field – sometimes acrobatically, sometimes dancing. They jump and climb, balance and manipulate, stand on the hands, over and under each other, back and forth. “Schachmatt” tells the chess game of a lonely man who experiences how the limits of reality shift and chess figures come to life.

  • Rope Theatre


    A boxer dreams of the big boxing match. However, there are some hurdles to overcome beforehand. Ropes need to be climbed and the balance to be found. This is how Thamar Hampe, sometimes prancing, sometimes groaning, moves towards her final fight. A slack rope-act, full of flights and jumps, full of dance and grace, delicate humor and acrobatic virtuosity.

  • Clap Clap Circo

    Argentina / Uruguay

    A crazy couple and a magical elixir – one explosive mixture. Absurd comedy meets traditional circus in a dynamic show: One distinctive and enchanting freakshow. From blazing fire, popping lashes to false magic, there are no limits to this adventure.

  • Slagman Producties


    Two fools jump with a rapid change of roles from one whimsical situation into the next and tell a magically-spun story. Various episodes present life with all its faults as an eternal coming and going. This designs a completely blithe image of the momentariness of being. All you need is a wooden travel-crate.

  • Tobias Messerschmidt


    The Marimbaphone – an impressive wooden instrument with fascinating sound. From the metal drummer he made the leap to the melancholic virtuosic classic. Today Tobias Messerschmidt convinces with special pieces for the Marimbaphone as well as Johann Sebastian Bach, also on the street.

  • SBO Hildesheim – 10 Years


    Special guests are invited for a joint anniversary: instrumentalists of all ages will be combined with street music and art. The symphonic wind orchestra of the Musikschule Hildesheim meets with its music a musician cyclist, the beatboxer Edgar Wendt and a large group of drummers and percussionists from other music cultures.

  • The cabaret of good wishes


    The interactive 1-to-1 hawker’s tray theater provides the stage for small poetry and conjectures about dreams and realities. And, of course, for the gamble with unfulfilled wishes. The cabaret of good wishes will find you when you need it …

  • Globus Hystericus


    Two experienced adventurers and a total idiot are searching the lost treasure of Tadam. A wild spectacle is created with only three objects: from airplanes, which are crashing from mountains, rafts, which are falling down on waterfalls to exploding volcanoes.

  • Fabuloka


    Jorga is an acrobat and loves writing. Ed is a musician and creates things from metal. If the two of them combine their strengths, “Staal” (a German “steel”) is created: a poetic show about two completely different characters who have a dream. Acrobatics, juggling and mimicry on a 5 meter high steel construction.

  • Ramon Rose Trio


    The acoustic trio plays Gypsy Swing and Latin with French flair. Ramon is a virtuosic guitarist in the gipsy tradition of a Django Reinhardt, who also shows rock, latin & blues influences in his playing style. Rhumba classical musicians as well as songs of Stevie Wonder and Carlos Santana are re-inspired.


  • Fatras


    G.A.S.T.O.N. – the history of a journey with music in the luggage. Nine musicians create a crazy adventure. Wild swing and rock n ‘roll meets melodic waltz and rhythmic cumbia. “At a time when civilization is lacking in fantasy, we want to help with musical poetry,” the band writes.

  • Barada Street


    An intimate one-man show consisting of pantomime and comedy: an English “hornochse” improvises with no more than a few noises. It creates an unpredictable game with the audience. Be curious what will happen!

  • Matthias Romir


    A grotesque-looking man in a black Renaissance-costume on roller skates, with a hodge-podge of curious ideas, tells a hysterical and touching story about the art of failure. Expressive juggling meets depressive clowning and naive masquerade.

  • Grant Goldie

    Northern Ireland

    A man and his suitcase – Grant Goldie is THE man who challenges the gravity and shows what the possibilties of juggling. Without words and with great skill, he creates a unique event of interaction, absurdity and fascinating manipulation.

  • Murmuyo


    Playful and provocative,this is how the clown with the black nose and red suit reflects the everyday life and different qualities of people, who cross his way. You can expect improvisation and satire in this show. The audience and many vehicle will not get away scot-free.

  • Los Chatos


    With their show “Versus”, Los Chatos lead their audience into a wonderland in which theater, comedy, acrobatics and fire juggling blend perfectly. Those who were present at the first pavement spell may still remember the bizarre show with the fly man.

  • Ariane & Roxana


    Lying, standing or sitting – this ist how the artist collaboration of Ariane Oechsner and Roxana Küwen works. The “play nice” project focuses on foot juggling and movement. The balls fly around, are thrown and caught with their feet, while two bodies are intertwined.

  • EyePoi Performance


    A combination of music, light and movement. The EyePoi Performance offers a game of form, color and rhythm. A modern juggling device creates magical images in the air. A reinterpretation of the classical fire show in bright colors.

  • Brigata Totem


    A crazy vagrant climbs a wobbly mast. Perfect balance and daring acrobatics at 6 meters high create an exciting picture. On the ground, Paolo Locci continues his talent with play and comedy as well.

  • Mariposa Arts


    The new collective Mariposa Arts from Hildesheim plays with everything that is hot: They create hypnotic images through fire pois and fire lions. Juggling and dancing is melting with fire to modern indie rock and deep house melodies.

  • El Laberint


    The artist group Itinerania Companyia comes with ” El Laberint ” from Spain to Hildesheim . It is a huge transparent labyrinth with many paths and doors that open only when the tasks are solved with . Alone or together, adults and children can use the tricky challenges.. Fascinating and beautiful – like a giant work of art.

  • Hi-Town Soul


    At the “Kneipenzauber” Hi-Town Soul brings the vinyl to rotate and fraternizes everything that grooves. Analogue vibes turn out to be timeless, fresh sounds, with one thing in common: the organic groove. Hildesheim becomes Hi-Town and not only gets soul, but also a bunch of Funk, Latin, Jazz, Hip Hop, Afrobeat and Bogaloo. Laid-back funkyness, that is shaking but also cozy swinging. Hi-Town got Soul!

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    See you in September 2018!
    Informations about the program will be communicated in due time 🙂


    See you in September 2018!
    Informations about the program will be communicated in due time 🙂



Last year’s Pflasterzauber Street-Art Festival held its audience spellbound time and again. Did you take any good photos?

Then please feel free to send us your best pictures at citymanagement(at)

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General organization
and sponsors

Boris Böcker

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Artistic director
and production

Klaus Wilhelm

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At this point, we would like to express our special thanks to all those artists, visitors, volunteers and sponsors who have contributed to the success of the festival in the past. In the future, we hope that we will be able to count on all this valuable support again so that the Pflasterzauber Festival will continue to take place in the years to come.


Dear artists! We want to establish the tradition of street art festivals in Europe even in our little city in the heart of northern Germany! The Pflasterzauber Festival unites diverse genres and professionalism levels of street art. For this reason we ask professionals at world level as well as absolute beginners to apply. We look forward to your applications!

Who can participate in Pflasterzauber?

All musicians, artists, clowns, jugglers, comedians, magicians, mimes, living statues, etc. who would like to display their art in the streets are welcome to apply. There will be no Off Festival. Only those artists who have registered and have been invited by us to participate will be allowed to perform.

Who will not be invited to perform at Pflasterzauber?

Unfortunately, the festival is not the right place for traditional bands with full drums and big amps or for stage performances that require complicated technology. All artists who would like to present an “unplugged” version of their music and want to be part of the street show adventure are welcome!

How do I apply?
  1. First, please check our conditions of participation.
  2. There is no longer an application form. Please send your promotional material (information material, photos, videos, etc.) via email to: We prefer short e-mails with clear subject lines (name of artist or ensemble) and direct links (e.g. YouTube or Vimeo).
  3. It is still possible to submit application to Pflasterzauber until the end of february.
  4. Wait for our answer (by the beginning of June at the latest).
  5. In July, we will send you a written confirmation with all the important information.
  6. Please be sure to arrive on 7th September 2018 by 12 noon at the very latest and report to the Festival Office.
  7. We look forward to experiencing your exciting performances.
What type of venues are there?

There are about 10 to 12 marked venues throughout the pedestrian precinct. The artists will normally perform 2 to 5 sets a day (30 to 60 minutes each). For shows that take longer, this will be taken into account and the schedule will be adapted accordingly. The artists move to a new venue after each set, which means you should be fairly mobile. Help will be available if you need it. Artists who are not mobile will have to make special arrangements with Pflasterzauber. Musicians and music groups play acoustically or with light amplification at a maximum of 30 watts at the most. You will not be allowed to use large amplifiers or PA systems. Many of the venues are equipped with a 220-volt power supply. All the venues are also equipped with simple lighting for the evenings. The city of Hildesheim assumes no liability for bodily injuries or property damage associated with the activities of the Pflasterzauber Festival.

What happens in bad weather?

In the case of very bad weather, there is a bad-weather alternative. Depending on how the Festival Management decides, the performances will be held at such different locations as in tents, pavilions, shopping centres, pubs, etc.

Where can the equipment be stored?

The Festival Office, including a storage space for equipment, will be located close to the festival within easy walking distance. The address will be sent with the information material.

What are the opening times for the festival?

Friday, 7th September 2018 16 am – 10:30 pm

Saturday, 8th September 2018 14 am – 10:30 pm

Is there a program booklet?

There will be a printed program booklet in which all the artists will be presented with a brief description and a photo. We will also draw up an appearance schedule, taking into account the artists’ requests, with fixed performance times.

Travel expenses

Pflasterzauber Hildesheim usually pays for travel expenses from the starting point before the festival to the destination after the festival within the scope of an amount stipulated before the festival. Travel costs from very distant locations will not be assumed by Pflasterzauber Hildesheim (perhaps in part if divided among several different festivals). The agreed sum will be paid out in EUR on the Saturday of the festival.


Pflasterzauber Hildesheim will provide accommodation for Friday and Saturday night. If previously agreed with Pflasterzauber Hildesheim, additional nights can be booked up to two weeks before the festival. As a rule, these costs are to be paid by the artist. Accommodation will only be provided for performing members of the group (no managers, no friends, no family). We will be happy to help you find suitable accommodation.

Passing the hat

The audiences in Hildesheim are willing to pay good money for good performances. If the artist(s) performing are not able to mention that there is a hat for donations, we will try to provide a volunteer to help. All artists are allowed to sell their CDs before, during and after their performances. All the money collected in the hat goes directly to the respective artist(s).

Food and beverages

On Friday and Saturday evening, Pflasterzauber Hildesheim will offer the artists a good hot meal, vegetarian, vegan or with meat. There will also be a hearty brunch available on Friday and Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. If previously agreed with Pflasterzauber Hildesheim, people accompanying the artists can also enjoy the meals for a small fee (please let us know a week before the start of the festival). Non-alcoholic drinks will be available to the artists for free during the entire festival. On Friday and Saturday, the Festival Office will remain open for 2 hours after the end of the program. On Friday and Saturday evening, there will be a location available for a get-together and an end-of-festival party will be held on Saturday night.


The Pflasterzauber  Festival was in the recent years always a success. So the press has diligently reported. The press releases of recent years can be found in the press archive.


press reviews

Local press 2017

Der Kehrwieder am Sonntag schrieb am 03. September 2017:
“Zehn Jahre Pflasterzauber: Ab auf die Straße!”
Press release

Die Leine-Deister-Zeitung schrieb am 06. September 2017:
“Die Straße wird zur Bühne”
Press release

Die Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung schrieb am 09. September 2017:
“Raus ins Freie: Pflasterzauber ist heute draußen”
Press release

Die Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung schrieb am 11. September 2017:
“Der Zauber hat wieder gewirkt”
Press release