Happy Places

My neighbourhood – my city – my happy places.

Places exist, where you shed your worries the minute you arrive. The things that have been worrying you lose their importance. Something else takes their place. A feeling of well-being in the moment.

In autumn and winter 2019 we went on the search for personal „happy places“, along with schoolchildren from four classes from four parts of Nuremberg. We let them show us their Happy Places in their city, in their neighbourhood and in their fantasies. And we let the children write down and tell their stories: „I was happy when….“

These stories and thoughts on Nuremberg’s „Happy Places“ can be experienced in our listening room.

In German language

Wed, 5 Feb, 5 p.m. - 5.25 p.m. | Thu, 6 Feb, 1.30 p.m. - 1.55 p.m. & 4 p.m. - 4.25 p.m. | Fri, 7 Feb, 1.30 p.m. - 1.55 p.m.  | Sat, 8 Feb, 4 p.m. - 4.25 p.m. | Sun, 9 Feb, 12 a.m. - 12.25 a.m. Theater Mummpitz (3rd Floor)

Admission  free, but please register in advance

Supported by Bewerbungsbüro Nürnberg Kulturhauptstadt Europas 2025

Festival Opening

Even a journey of a thousand miles must begin with the first step. (Lao-Tse)
We celebrate the start of our 11th Festival at our festival hub, Café Mahlzahn, with  speeches and  musical interludes.  Naturally refreshments will be provided. The two performances I will be everything (8+) and Invaders (7+) can be seen before or after the opening ceremony. Welcome!

Tue, 4 Feb at 6. p.m.

Café Mahlzahn at Theater Mummpitz

Admission  free, but please register in advance

ASSITEJ Workshop |  Childhood, Family, Gender in TYA

How do adult theatre-makers see children and childhood, family and gender? And how do children see themselves? How do they see themselves within the family, in the context of their gender and in reaction to society’s view of their gender? Taking the performance Practising Love (Theater Sgaramusch/Nevski Prospekt) as a starting point, we will examine how these themes are dealt with in theatre performance.

With: Thilo Grawe (University of Hildesheim), Marie Weich (hannsjana, Berlin) & Hannah Biedermann, Ives Thuwis & Nora Vonder Mühll  (Team Practising Love)

This event will be conducted in English.

Part I: Fri, 7 Feb, 11.30 a.m. - 1 p.m.  at Hubertussaal

Part II: 4 p.m. - 5.30 p.m. at Theater Mummpitz

Admission free, but please register in advance

Supported by ASSITEJ Germany e.V. , Deutscher Bühnenverein / Landesverband Bayern & Kulturstiftung der Sparkasse Nürnberg

Loosening-Up! panoptikum on Ice

It‘s cold, the ladies glide round the inner circle, the gentlemen the outer circle, accompanied by music
and mulled wine. We recommend wrapping up warmly …

Yes, the tradition is carried on: panoptikum goes ice-skating again and you are invited!

Fri, 7 Feb at 9.30 p.m.

Eisbahn Zirndorf (Transfer from Theater Mummpitz at 9 p.m.)

Admission 5 € - please register in advance

Nazi Party Rally Grounds

A guided tour in English language to the area, where the National Socialists held their elaborate annual propaganda spectacle. The tour (in English) provides an account of the use of architecture as a theatrical backdrop to the various events, explains the function of the rallies themselves and the way in which Nuremberg has dealt with its National Socialist legacy.

Sat, 8 Feb, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Starting point: Derag Hotel

Admission 5 € - please register in advance

T.E.E.N. Kitchen Table

Two Danish teenage ambassadors and ten to twelve German teens will lead a Kitchen Table discussion on the topic Childhood, Family and Gender. The Kitchen Table is a reflection tool able to engage teenagers, artistic directors, artists, playwriters and teachers in a unique and innovative way that stimulates dialogue between theatre professionals and teenagers. Empowers teens to reflect on how and why they use culture and gives theatre professionals and programmers an insight in the perceptions of a teen audience.

This format is a part of the Theatre European Engagement Network (T.E.E.N.), a Creative Europe research project that aims to engage teenagers in theatre and create a European Network, that discusses and disseminates the newest research and best practice within performing arts for young audiences.

This event will be conducted in English.

Sat, 8 Feb, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Admission free, but please register in advance

Theater Mummpitz

Teen Ambassadors across Europe is funded by Creative Europe, the project's partners are: Culturcentrum Hasselt (BE), Teatercentrum (DK), Fundació Bancària La Caixa (ES), Segni d’infanzia (IT), Norsk Scenekunstbruk (NO), Dialogue Community Performance (UK)


All‘s Well That Ends Well – Festival Party

As we near the end of our festival we invite all our participants and guests to a festive dinner and party. With live music of course!

Sat, 8 Feb at 8.30 p.m.

Closed party - by invitation only 

Café Mahlzahn at Theater Mummpitz

Theatre, Jam & Coffee – Theatre Brunch

Finally theatre and food come together: enjoy a “second breakfast” – before or after the last performance at the festival hub.

Sun, 9 Feb, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Café Mahlzahn im Theater Mummpitz

panoptikum ist eine Veranstaltung des Theater Mummpitz Nürnberg. panoptikum steht unter der Schirmherrschaft von Bernd Sibler, Bayerischer Staatsminister für Wissenschaft und Kunst und wurde mit dem EFFE Label (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) als eines von „Europe’s finest festivals“ ausgezeichnet.