Festspiele Balver Höhle

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Entrance Balver Höhle in May 2005
Balver Höhle in May 2005

Festspiele Balver Höhle is an arts festival, featuring musical and theatrical performances, in Balve, Germany. The festival is centered on the cave of Balve (Balver Höhle in German). The association was founded in 1985 in Volkringhausen and based on an idea by Franz Hoffmeister and Theodor Pröpper.


A valuable part of Festspiele Balver höhle is the festival.

Balver Märchenwochen[edit]

The most successful adaption was Pippi in Taka-Tuka-Land in the year 2001. In 2009 they did a piece called "Der kleine Muck".

Justus Frantz[edit]

The German musical director and pianist Justus Frantz was invited by the Festspiele Balver Höhle from 1995 – 2007 each year. In the early years it was a cooperation with the Kreishandwerkerschaft (See also: Trade (profession)) Märkischer Kreis.

He conducted a soulful version of Tchaikovsky's 5th symphony with the Philharmonie der Nationen.


Balver Märchenwochen (2005)
Irish Folk & Celtic Music (2005)
Directors: Gabriele Krieger, Josef Bertsch
Directors: Sean Reeves, Stephan Haarmann
  • Internationales Jazz- und Bluesfestival (1970–2005)
Directors: Frank Milewski, Bernd Bobbenkamp (2005)

Single music acts[edit]

Idea and production by Joachim-Ernst Berendt.
  • Earth Spirit (1997)
Director: Christian Bollmann. With Oberton-Chor Düsseldorf.[1]
Played by Märkisches Jugendsinfonieorchester and sung by Oratorienchor Letmathe.
  • Om mani padme hum (2001)
Director: Christian Bollmann. With David Ianni.[2]
  • Aida (2004)
Director: ?. Production: Loreley Klassik
  • Philharmonic Orchestra Hagen (2002)
Director: Antony Hermus

Single theatre acts[edit]

Director: Hermann Wedekind. With Werner Traud (Shah Abbas).
Director: Werner Traud. Performed by VHS-Theatergruppe Iserlohn.
Director: Hermann Wedekind. Performed by Theaterwerkstatt Melchiorsgrund and a georgian orchestra.
Director: Hermann Wedekind. Performed by Theaterwerkstatt Melchiorsgrund and georgian singers.
Director: Hermann Wedekind. Georgian children ensemble.
Director: Alfred Gärtner. With Werner Traud (Thoas) and Angela Amecke-Mönnighof (Iphigenie). Additional actor: Sascha Rotermund
Director: Werner Traud
Special features: Frank Butterweck sings the invitation, composed by Linke/Traud.





In December 2007 Winfried Hagen resigned as chairman together with his wife Gabriele Hagen, his daughter Stephanie Hagen and the arts director Werner Traud.


  • Agatha Allhoff-Cramer (†[3]), chairman 1985 – 1995
  • Werner Traud, chairman 1996 – 2003
  • Winfried Hagen, chairman 2004 – 2007


The director organizes the cultural events at Festspiele Balver Höhle. The board appoints the artistic director.

Artistic directors[edit]

  • Hermann Wedekind († 1998), artistic director 1985 – 1996
  • Alfred Gärtner, artistic director 1997 – 2000
  • Jochen Zoerner-Erb, artistic director 2001 – 2003[4]
  • Werner Traud, artistic director 2004 – 2007

Children's theatre director[edit]

The artistic director appoints the children's theatre director.

  • Werner Traud (1991 – 2000, 2004 – 2006)
  • Kai Wolters (2001–2003)
  • Matthias Hay (2007)
  • Gabriele Krieger (since 2008)

Dance director[edit]

The artistic director appoints the dance instructor especially for Balver Märchenwochen.

  • Monika Eickelmann (1991)
  • Sigrid Kanthack-Leser (1998)
  • Claudia Waltermann (1998)
  • Anna Maczuga-Schwabe (until 2005)
  • Anke Lux (until 2007)
  • William Danne (2008)

Musical directors[edit]

The artistic director appoints the musical director especially for Balver Märchenwochen.

  • Alexander Schwarze (1998 – 1999, only Musical)
  • Walter Kiesbauer (until 2002)
  • Walter Czakiel (until 2003)
  • Philipp Schreiber (until 2007)
  • Ralf Linke in cooperation with Berthold Wagner (since 2004)


CD cover (1995)
CD cover (2001)


  • Robin Hood 1995
  • Tu es Petrus 1997
  • Aladdin und die Wunderlampe 1998
  • Phantastische Reise zu Kapitän Nemo 1999
  • Pippi in Taka-Tuka-Land 2001
  • Peter Pan 2008


  • Der Zauberer von OZ 2005
  • Robin Hood 2006
  • Peter Pan 2008
  • 5th Irish Folk & Celtic Music 2006[5]
  • 6th Irish Folk & Celtic Music 2007[5]



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