Hildesheim’s 10th Street Music and Art Festival

8th to 9th September 2017

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 8th and 9th of September 2017, 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 2016:

  • Bängditos Theater


    When two French tourists lose their car in the winding streets of the city and engage with their charming enthusiasm all the spectators in her delicate Malheur, no one will suspect that they could ever find their way back to Paris. A magnificent spectacle!

  • Brunitus


    A man and his diabolo. Brunitus uses this unusual game machine to make it to a part of his body, his life story and adventure companions. He lets the Diabolo dancing through the air and shows the most daring tricks.

  • BubblepunX

    Germany, Berlin


    Still a little bit more magic brings the Berlin duo BubblepunX in the Hildesheim city center . Colossal bubbles are flying over the rooftops , for young and old , to touch, to dream and just to look at.


  • Cadute Dalle Nuvole


    There are two people who have known each other for many years and who still are in love. But what happens when love turns into routine? This question will be answered by the two artistes while a performance in the air.

  • Careless Cats


    New Orleans, early 20th century: Real Jazz was from the outset known as dance music. The six-member band plays swing, the most popular style of jazz history.

  • Company Antipodes


    A man and a woman. He’s back from a distant region and she is waiting for the train departure on an imaginary platform. Both have their own melody in their head. And when this dance ends, it is difficult for the audience even not to dance in the streets.

  • Des Fourmis Dans La Lanterne


    In a time where the World Wide Web ruled, the small theatre is honoring Georges Méliès, Buster Keaton or Charlie Chaplin. The piece is full of small but fine detail that makes the world of puppets seem so unique.

  • Evelyn Kryger


    Whether Tango, ChaCha, hypnotic techno or hip hop grooves, while listening to Evelyn Kryger someone easily gets dizzy. Despite purely instrumental performance music can neither singer nor singer miss!

  • Fra Martó


    “Wash away your worries!” The laundry of a young woman hangs on the leash. Street show, juggling and clowning mixed with the lovely charm of the artist.

  • Fraser Hooper

    New Zealand

    “Let’s get ready to rumble” one wants to cry when the new show of Fraser Hooper starts. “Boxing starring Fraser Hooper” – a must for all well-toned comedy fans! Juggling, pantomime and an unbeatable mimic belong in the repertoire. This creates an atmosphere like on a real boxing ring and the audience can quickly become a challenger.

  • Galirò


    “Poom Cha” is sounded through the city … There has never been such an interactive one-man band before. Sometimes it seems impossible, but there really is only one man who served all the different instruments. The right amount of the best classics from 100 years of music history, the odd magic trick and this contagious energy.

  • La Bella Tour


    “La bella Tour” is a parody: Two clowns who mourn the good old days behind, because at that time everything was finally better. Or not? The two clowns try to find their own way in the new modern world.

  • Maren Eisler


    Her home is the streets, squares and theaters in Europe, where she fascinates the audience. Her specialty is a sparkling blend of torch-juggling, swinging, burning ropes, fire eating and –spitting. She shows a fairy tale of fire.

  • The Brothers Swag

    New Zealand

    Let’s Circus! The artist present with the well-known hula hoop great actions. With up to 30 tires they show tricky stunts and crazy figures … a lot of fun.


  • The Carny Villains

    United Kingdom

    The Carny Villains are a wild Showband. The six-member ensemble from Bristol shows a sensational musical and wild performance including clowning and acrobatics. Punk rock, ska, Stomping Swing, Balkan-style and folk and more.

  • This Maag


    This Maag is a handpicked show and an interactive spectacle – Alpine madness with EU-certified Swiss humor. A man in leather pants on a ladder back into downtown Hildesheim.

  • Tirasaru


    The two funny Tirasaru Fire-Sisters edelweiss and gentian present their exceptional and award-winning fire show. The mission is: “Culture exchange!” It is ingenious entertainment mixed of fire art, a large dose of humor, shrill clowning, music, dance and feminine charm.

  • Vol´e temps


    A man is running alone through the corridors of a place that was once dominated by wondrous and vivid figures. Everything which has remained are the dreams and memories … or is it real? The trio tells a bold story, combining theater, circus acrobatics and dance.

  • Zirkus Gonzo


    A “One Man Circus” with a lot of enthusiasm, humor and above all with a lot of stunningly artistry. Whether on the trapeze, on the handstand podium, the rope or silks – everything happened with astonishing ease. A tour through the air arts of circus.

  • Zirkus Morsa


    The two artists take the audience with board and roll on a journey through fluctuating chaos. An amazing and refreshing undertaking. Poetry meets circus arts.

  • 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.

  • El Cruce


    Punto y Coma do not exist . Who sees them is a privileged person . In this poetic world things are not what they seem. El Cruce present with Punto y Coma a contemporary piece Circus Physical Theatre comedy . Absurd and worth seeing!

  • Bandart


    Dancing Graffiti is a interdisciplinary street theater. The show combines modern dance with digital graffiti art and tells a story about the struggle against the own limits in beautiful and surprising images .


  • Trio Toast Hawaii


    Whether West, East or EastSouthWest, the trio plays the audience through global styles and directions – Quirky stories of classic marriage candidates and crafty merchants. Tango, amusing songs, Russian Gipsy-Swing, a hot samba or paso doble let everyone dance!

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    September 2017

    Wir sehen uns Anfang September 2017 wieder!

    September 2017

    See you in september 2017!



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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Hildesheim Marketing GmbH

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31134 Hildesheim

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General organization
and sponsors

Boris Böcker

Telefon: 05121.1798-120

Artistic director
and production

Klaus Wilhelm

Telefon: 05121.1767-154

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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 8th September 2017 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, 8th September 2016 15 am – 10:30 pm

Saturday, 9th September 2016 13 am – 11 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 2016

Die Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung schrieb am 24. August 2016:
“Das große Staunen kehrt zurück”
Press release

Die Public schrieb in der September Ausgabe 2016:
“Zauber in the city”
Press release

Die Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung schrieb am 1. September 2016:
“Ein Zauber weht durch Hildesheim”
Press release

Die Hildesheimer Allgemeine Zeitung schrieb am 2. September 2016:
“Halt, bitte stehenbleiben!”
Press release