DOCUMENTA KASSEL 16/06-23/09 2007

documenta 12 opening Party on 15 June in the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe

This year’s documenta feels a close connection to the city of Kassel and its inhabitants and would like to express this relationship. For that reason, on the evening before the opening we will not be giving an exclusive cocktail party for invited guests. Instead, the artistic direction is planning a big party for the citizens of Kassel and all those who are interested in documenta. Together with the team and the exhibition artists, as well as the many art enthusiasts from all over the world who will be pouring into Kassel for the opening events, we will be celebrating the beginning of documenta 12 in the Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe.

After the Landes Jugend Jazz Orchester Hessen has opened the programme, and Ruth Noack and Roger M. Buergel have welcomed the guests, the Norwegian rock band Kaizers Orchestra will create a rollicking festival atmosphere. Then the DJ formation Cluster – pioneers of the electronic scene – will get the partygoers moving to their electronic sounds. On this evening, the Bergpark will show itself from its loveliest side, bringing the spectacle to a close with an illumination of the water gardens. The Hessischer Rundfunk has kindly agreed to organise and provide the sound for the entire event.

Following the official programme, the launch of documenta 12 will move on to Kassel’s clubs, bars and discotheques, continuing into the wee hours.

documenta 12 opening party
Friday, 15 June 2007, 9 pm, admission at 8 pm
The square between Schloss Wilhelmshöhe and the Bergpark
Schlosspark 3
34131 Kassel

Admission is free, no reservations necessary!


  • 8:00 pm - admission, with musical accompaniment by the Landes Jugend Jazz Orchester Hessen
  • 9:00 pm - Roger M. Buergel/Ruth Noack welcome the guests
  • 9:15 pm - performance by Kaizers Orchestra
  • 10:30 pm - music by Cluster
  • midnight - the party in the Bergpark ends and the documenta 12 clubnight begins

Information on the bands

Landes Jugend Jazz Orchester Hessen

The Landes Jugend Jazz Orchester Hessen (LJJO) was founded in 1985 by Wolfgang Diefenbach, with the aim of enabling young musicians to receive professional big band training. It has since become one of the best youth jazz orchestras in Europe. In its traditional big-band formation, the LJJO have produced six of their own CDs to date, with a repertoire including not just (mainstream) jazz standards, but above all titles composed or arranged exclusively for them.

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Kaizers Orchestra
After setting out from Norway in 2003 to conquer the (music) world, in 2007 Kaizers Orchestra has made it to the documenta opening. The rock band’s musical style – always with Norwegian lyrics – ranges from Eastern European gypsy music, punk and ompa music (a sort of Norwegian version of the fox-trot) to hard rock. The musicians are known as very entertaining live band and always create a party atmosphere at their gigs. From the organ or the double bass to oil drums, they use a wide range of instruments.

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Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius have been making music together with their band Cluster since 1969 – under the influence of ideas about art shaped by Joseph Beuys and Conrad Schnitzler and the Fluxus movement. At first, in the vein of ‘musical actionism’, they used just about anything that makes noise. Nowadays the two have become icons in the world of popular electronic music, an insider tip and at the same time internationally known for their devotion to their own art.

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Bitte zum Eröffnungsfest der documenta 12 am Freitag, 15. Juni öffentliche Verkehrsmittel benutzen! Die Wilhelmshöher Allee ab Mulangstraße, die Tulpenallee und die Rasenallee werden bis zur Ahnatalstraße durchgehend einer Einbahnstraßenregelung in stadtauswärtiger Fahrtrichtung unterzogen. Aufgrund des erwarteten Andrangs setzt die KVG zusätzliche Busse und Straßenbahnen ein.


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