Trier hosts 3-day old-city festival

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  • By Iris Reiff
  • 52nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Trier, Germany's old city, celebrates its traditional Altstadtfest, or old city festival, June 28-30.

Activities will occur in the center of town, mainly between the Porta Nigra and Neustrasse.

The Altstadtfest will officially kick off at 6:30 p.m., with opening remarks by the mayor of Trier, Klaus Jensen, on the stage in front of the Dom Cathedral.

Musical entertainment will follow with a Trier Theater dance ensemble providing scenes from the musical Hair at 8 p.m. and the Pop meets Classic - Frank Rohles and Friends band entertaining afterward. Evening entertainment June 28 will also include big-band tunes by More than Swing at the Sim Musiktreff; music on a solo guitar by Joe Casel at 7 p.m. at the Buehne am Pranger stage; shooting performances by the Trier Buergerschiessen club between 5-10 p.m. at the intersection of Brotstrasse and Konstantinstrasse; music by the Gooseflesh band at 8 p.m. at the corner of Brotstrasse stage and Jesuitenstrasse; the Odeon Jazz Quartette & Conny Hain at the stage in front of the Dom Cathedrat at 6 p.m., The Boderline and Wallstreet and 6:30 and 9 p.m. at the Kornmarkt stage, in the neighborhood of Louisiana, and DJ-performed sounds and music from 5 p.m. to midnight at the stage on Viehmarktplatz.

The Stargate cover band will entertain at 8 p.m. in the market square. Jazz tunes will occur at 6 p.m. in front of the Trier Dom cathedral and "Pop meet Classic with Young Pop and Callis Generation" takes over at 9 p.m. in the same location.

Starting at 5 p.m., the Sound of Silence, Spinning Wheel and Jomtones will perform on stage in front of the Porta Nigra until 1 a.m. the next morning. The Rambling Rovers will perform from 8:30 p.m. - 1 a.m. in front of the Galeria Kaufhof department store while Musikbox and the News can be heard on Fleischstrasse from 8 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Rock music by the Undercover- Mission to Rock can be heard on Kornmarkt from 7-10 p.m. when Jump for Joy takes over.

A children's carousel can be found on Nagelstrasse, starting at 11 a.m. Fools cover rock of 80s and 90s performs from 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. on Jesuitenstrasse. Cadillac oldies occur from 8 p.m. - 1 a.m. on Fahrstrasse while Projekt 54 plays punk, rock and pop music from 4-8 p.m., at the small stage on Pranger. Joe Casel will play the solo guitar at 8 p.m. in the same location.

Activities continue Saturday at 2 p.m. with an RPR1 Radio DJ and various first class bands to perform in front of the Porta Nigra. Rock, pop, jazz and comedy acts take place at the other mentioned stages and in public spots throughout town.

Starting at 11 a.m., Danny's Events will feature entertainment for children and adults in front of the Hockstetter store and Sparkasse bank, located not far from the Porta Nigra, walking toward the main market square. At 4 p.m., shooting competitions are scheduled to happen at the stage located on Kornmarkt. Folk music and dances occur from 5-8 p.m. in front of Trier's Roman Basilica.

Sunday's activities kick off at 11:30 a.m. with a family entertainment program on stage in front of the Porta Nigra. Highlights of the day include early morning Dixie music from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the corner of Simeonstrasse and Moselstrasse. A gospel celebration is scheduled for noon inside the courtyard of the "Domstein" restaurant. Thomas Schwab and band can be heard with Made in Germany at 7 p.m. The Reminders big band, popular in the region, will be in concert at 9 p.m. in the same location. Shooting competitions take place at 11 a.m. on Kornmarkt. A children's flea market can also be found in the Kornmarkt area. Folk dancing is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. in front of the Basilica.

The above are the main activities. However, other entertainment, an amusement park, various international cuisine food items and beverages will be sold everywhere in the streets of Trier.

Many people are expected to arrive and parking will be limited. It is advisable to use one of the Park & Ride designated parking lots, located in the outskirts of the city, and take the city bus or a taxi from there. It is not recommended to take small children to the evening events or concerts.

Alcohol controls by the German police will be enforced, so no one should drink and drive. Transportation must be arrived to be on the safe side.

The city of Trier would be grateful to welcome American guests to the festival, which is one of the major events of Trier's entertainment life.