The Handel Festival in Halle, Germany has had to be cancelled due to dangerous levels of flooding  currently affecting  much of central Europe.

The festival, which was due to open today and run until 16 June, has released a statement announcing the cancellation as the city has declared a state of emergency. Their website announces that ‘ an easing of the situation is not to be expected’.

They go on to explain the extent of the cancellation: ‘We ask for understanding for the fact that all events, special guided tours, excursions etc. have to be cancelled because of force majeure’.

The festival, founded in 1922,  has been held in the city of Handel’s birth every year since 1952 and draws thousands of visitors from around the world. Highlights scheduled for this year included productions of Almira and Alessandro, the presentation of their annual Handel Music Prize and performances from The King’s Consort, Simone Eckert and La Risonanza.


  1. The King's Consort 07.06.13 10:09am

    The flooding in Halle has indeed been terrible, and many groups, TKC included, have taken a significant financial “hit” with the last minute, but completely unavoidable, cancellation of the festival.

    We hope everyone will support the Halle Handel Festival in whatever way they can. It is a truly wonderful festival, run by a committed and dedicated team. Instead of presenting concerts, they and their fine volunteers have been filling sandbags and shoring up river defences. The festival’s (and the city’s) financial losses must be truly dreadful, for this is a major, two week-long festival that brings in 10,000 visitors to the city.

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