Europeade 2023 | Gotha | 12.-16. July 2023

Dear Europeans,

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In 2013, the residential city of Gotha and the Thuringian State Costume Association e.V. were outstanding hosts of the European festival of folk art, dance and music. Now, we are daring to tackle this huge project a second time.

But the world has changed! Our only consolation: The people look forward to the togetherness, the camaraderie and the cohesion.

We have great efforts ahead of us and we need the help of everyone who loves EUROPEADE, so that in 2023 we will again be able to experience encounters in Gotha that will carry us for a whole decade, give us strength and advance the ideals of EUROPEADE.

See you soon in Gotha


Knut Kreuch

Mayor of the city of Gotha

and state chairman of the Thuringian State Costume Association e.V.

Dear friends of the Europeade,

Foto: Katharina Jäger

the memories of the last Europeade in Gotha are still fresh – even if it was around ten years ago. We are happy to return in 2023 and look forward to a wonderful celebration of European culture with many unforgettable moments.

Since its beginnings in the 1960s, the Europeade has focused on international understanding and European friendships. The common motto "Unity in Diversity" therefore not only stands for five days of dance, song and music, but for the wonderful Europe in which we live.

Year after year in a different city, we send a strong signal for peace, freedom and cultural diversity in Europe. In addition to the colourful costumes, fascinating dances and songs, it is above all the people who make Europe and the Europeade what it is. Their close friendship is an expression of the European spirit and has made the Europeade the largest folklore festival on the continent.

Experience and enjoy this friendship and diversity of European cultures with us in Gotha – warm invitation!

Rüdiger Heß

President of the International Europeade Committee

Tickets for the opening and closing events

Tickets for the opening and closing events at the stadium are now on sale.

Get your tickets for the opening event on July 13, 2023 here.

Get your ticket fot the closing event on July 16, 2023 here.

Get yout combined ticket fot the opening and closing event here.

Helpers wanted!

Between 4,000 and 5,000 participants are expected in Gotha in 2023, who will sleep in community accommodation, hotels and guesthouses, but also with private individuals. So that the world feels at home in Gotha, around 200 volunteers are needed as group supervisors, who take care of the well-being of the groups for five days.

It means greeting groups, escorting them to quarters, blowing up air mattresses, overcoming language barriers, visiting venues, showing sights and pubs in the evening or solving problems. Of course, the guests are not only in the capital of the Gothaer Land, but also in about 20 communities and towns between the Thuringian Forest and Fahner Höhe.

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If you want to be right in the middle of it and experience a unique event with friends, you can register as a helper at Responsible for the timing of the volunteers and their preparation is Marcel Andreß from the German EUROPEADE Committee. He has been representing the Free State of Thuringia in this honorary association for a number of years and is particularly pleased to be able to contribute his knowledge from all the Europeades since Gotha, which were at least eight. He is proud that he has once again succeeded in bringing the world to Gotha. In addition to the guest groups from various European countries, Gotha's partner cities will also be represented, so that Americans will also enrich the festival.


Wednesday 12 July 2023

5.00 pm Warm-up and welcome Hauptmarkt,
Kreissparkassen Stage
6.00 pm "Let's go to the Redoute..."
The Thuringian Philharmonic Gotha-Eisenach will play and groups from the Thuringian State Costume Association will say a warm welcome to Europe
Kreissparkassen Stage
10.00 pm Evening atmosphere Hauptmarkt

Thursday 13 July 2023

10.00 am Opening of the exhibition Lutherstraße,
Kreissparkassen Center
11.00 am - 4.00 pm Music, dance, dialect and customs on 2 stages and 8 dance floors
Old Town
5.00 pm THÜRIADE to open the 58th EUROPEADE

Thuringian hospitality and cordiality greet Europe in Gotha
Kreissparkassen Stage
7.00 pm - 10.00 pm Thuringia's costumes of the year from Ruhla, Altenburg and Bad Tabarz Hauptmarkt,
Kreissparkassen Stage
8.00 pm Opening gala of the 58th EUROPEADE Gotha 2023 Volkspark Stadium Gotha
11.00 pm fireworks followed by “Europeade by night” Old Town

Friday 14 July 2023

11.00 am - 4.00 pm
Music, dance, dialect and customs on 2 stages and 8 dance floors Old Town
1.00 pm European Mayors' Convention Hauptmarkt,
Gotha town hall
8.00 pm "We will go over seven bridges...."
Large choral concert of European voices
Kreissparkassen Stage
11.30 pm Concert and “Europeade by night” Old Town

Saturday 15 July 2023

10.00 am - 1.00 pm music, dance, dialect and customs on 2 stages and 8 dance floors
Old Town
10.00 am - 1.00 pm Germany trip
German groups present their home regions
Kreissparkassen Stage
11.00 am Groups welcome Friedenstein Castle Gotha,
Big colourful and atmospheric parade
5.00 pm music, dance, dialect and customs on 2 stages and 8 dance floors
Old Town
8.00 pm
EUROPEADEBALL “Europe, as it sings and sounds and brings peace to people”
Big festive evening for groups and orchestras
Kreissparkassen Stage
12.00 pm „Europeade by Nigth" Old Town

Sunday 16 July 2023

10.00 am “Great God we praise you”
Festival service with European participation
Kreissparkassen Stage
11.00 am - 06.00 pm Music, dance, dialect and customs on 2 stages and 8 dance floors
Old Town
3.00 pm Closing gala of the 58th EUROPEADE “Gotha says goodbye” Volkspark Stadium Gotha

* Please note that this is an initial rough program overview. Subject to change.

Impressions EUROPEADE 2013 in Gotha