Opening – Gala

Sunday, 20 January | Beginning 20:00  | Inlet 18:30
Theatre 1

This year’s Gala is a joint event organised by the 31th IKF and the 20th freiburg-grenzenlos-festival. We are opening both events simultaneously with a very special programme: Innovative accordion music from Portugal, subtle word acrobatics, poetic air artistry, unique physical comedy and eloquent cabaret – consequently, an evening with great entertainment value demonstrating true artistry! Guests appearing are: the four accordion players of Danças Ocultas (PT), the shooting star on the Bavarian cabaret scene, Martin Frank (DE), air artists llona Jäntti (FI), the poetry slammers Fatima Moumouni & Laurin Buser (CH, DE), Trygve Wakenshaw (NZ) with his hilarious slapstick as well as Timo Wopp (DE) the dynamic host of the show with his inimitable trenchant wit.

Tickets for the Opening - Gala are here available.

Click on the pictures to receive further information about the artists.

Timo Wopp / DE

Cabaret | Stand-up Comedy

Martin Frank / DE

Cabaret | Stand-up Comedy

Danças Ocultas / PT

Classical Music | World Music |Contemporary

Zum-Zum Teatre / ES

Puppetry | Performance | Dance

Trygve Wakenshaw / NZ

Clown Theatre | Comedy | Mime | Slapstick | Visual Comedy

Ilmatila / FI

Cirque Nouveau | Aerial Artistry

Zum Goldenen Schmied / DE, CH

Poetry Slam

Heinz baut / CH

Installation | Performance

El Carromato / ES

Performance | Walk Act

Karl-Heinz Helmschrot / DE

Direction of the Opening - Gala

Karl-Heinz Helmschrot’s artistic work is extremely versatile and is based on his comprehensive professional training (Academy of Art Zurich, School of Acrobatics Barcelona, Drama School Göttingen). He works in street theatre, is involved with the ”Junges-Theater” Göttingen, is a presenter and director of various variety theatres, performs at renowned cabaret theatres in the German-speaking world – where he has received countless awards – develops concepts and productions for municipal and company events and has been working for many years as the Artistic Director of the Festival der Träume in Innsbruck and as Artistic Director at the Festung and Café Hahn Varietés in Koblenz for 26 years. ”The diversity of the grotesque, bold, parodistic and burlesque variety, cabaret and chanson of Berlin has never left me.” Karl-Heinz Helmschrot has remained faithful to his versatility both as a solo artist and director. ”I love bringing bizarre, unconventional, loveable types with their rough edges, i.e. unique specimens who are their own work of art, together in a story or under a motto”.


32. IKF 2020

Opening Gala:
26 January 2020

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27– 29 January 2020


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