Superb castles and manor houses, barns and stables, as well as the finest churches and industrial buildings – every year in summer they all join the list of atmospheric venues for music performances. Ever since its inception in 1986, the Schleswig-Holstein Music Festival (SHMF) has been an internationally outstanding cultural event.
From 1996 to 2013, the artistic concept of the SHMF was to select a feature country for each year and highlight its music and culture. This took the festival around the globe; from Finland to Japan, from the USA to Russia. With the new director, Dr. Christian Kuhnt, the festival was blazing new trails in 2014 by highlighting a specific composer for each year. The SHMF seeks to build bridges between music and people, to joyfully connect artists with the festival and to give audiences access to great musicians.