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Schwäbisch Gmünd is celebrating its anniversary !
Posted 09/01/12

Schwäbisch Gmünd was the very first town founded by the Staufer dynasty in Europe and celebrates 850 years from first being mentioned in records as a town in 1162.

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           16. January         Talk by Prof. Dr. Immo Eberl: “The Staufers and  Schwäbisch Gmünd in the 
                               12th and 13th centuries”. 
                               Talk  about the rise of the Staufer Dynasty in the Schwäbisch Gmünd area.
           29. Jan to 7. Dec   “StadtVerFührung: The Secret of the Legend  of the Ring” Guided theatre 
                               tours with costumes and stories about the founding  of Schwäbisch Gmünd
           6. February         Staufer talk by Karlheinz Hegele: “The Staufers and  Byzantium 
                               – Traces of history in early Schwäbisch Gmünd”
           11.-12. Feb         International Guggen Music Festival: 20 Guggen Bands  with more than 
                               800 musicians from Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Great  Britain 
                               and Germany.
           21. February        Carnival procession including floats relating to the  Staufer saga
           6. Mar to 5. Apr    “The Staufer era as presented in  various media”: A media exhibition in the
                               town library of Schwäbisch Gmünd
           12. March           Staufer Talk by Prof. Dr. Hubert Herkommer: “The Mainz Whitsun celebrations 1184 
                               – a reflection of the political culture at the  court of Emperor Barbarossa”
           21. to 25. March    Young Musician of the Year competition –  Awarding of a special prize for the best 
                               interpretation of a musical piece from  the Staufer era
           22. March           Benefit concert of the Army Music Corps 10 Ulm , proceeds to the Staufer saga and 
           31. March           Celebrations relating to the installation of the new  Staufer column on Johannisplatz 
                               in front of the Staufer basilica
           16. April           “Parler, Pestilence and Patricians” – Talk by Dr.  Klaus Graf on the late Middle Ages
                               in Schwäbisch Gmünd
           19. April           “Spellbinding Staufers” by Timo Bader, book  reading by the author.
           19. Apr to 14. Oct  “Faithful and True. Rings – a promise” –  Exhibition in the silverware museum 
                               Ott-Pausersche Fabrik.Background for this  exhibition of rings from the antiquity until 
                               modern times is that Duchess Agnes, wife of the first Staufer Duke Friedrich, vowed to 
                               have a church (the  Johanniskirche) erected in the spot where her lost wedding ring was
           May                 “Noble  knights and proud damsels” – Interesting facts and games around the Staufer saga 
for children between 6 and 10 years of age. Town library. 5. May              Opening of the Staufer cycle trail between Göpping and Schwäbisch Gmünd 11. May to 21. Oct “The Staufers and Schwäbisch Gmünd” – Exhibition in the Prediger Museum 12. May to 21. Oct “Open Air Town History” – Open air exhibition of the city archives on 850 years of history in Schwäbisch Gmünd, 21 large information boards all over Schwäbisch Gmünd. 13. May to 21. Oct “Schwäbisch Gmünd Town Epic” – Exhibition by Hans Kloss on the most important events from the founding of the town until the 19th century 8. June to 5. Aug   “IN SITU – 850 years Schwäbisch Gmünd” Exhibition and open workshop – Franz Huber,Sculptor 17. June            “Barbarossa and the Universities” – Presentation of seminar results by students, Prof.Dr.Felicitas Schmieder (Open University Hagen)and Dr.Peter Hesse (Justus-Liebig-University Gießen) 24. June – end Sept Staufer Splendour “Karfunkelstein” – Exhibition and prize giving, an extraordinary installation project 28. June            Soiree with the Prince of Ethiopia, Dr. Asserate – the author of the book “Manners” on the relationship between chivalry and today’s code of behaviour 29. June            19.00 hours onwards: Ceremonial opening of the Staufer week with festival service and premiere of the Staufer Saga play From 30. June       Further performances of the Staufer Saga play 1. to 5. July       Several performances of the youth theatre play “Thespians, Swords and Jealousy – Friedrich Barbarossa’s road to the crown” 1. July             Matinee celebration in honour of the twin town anniversaries between Schwäbisch Gmünd and its five twin towns: 40 years Barnsley (Great Britain), 35 years Antibes (France), 20 years Bethlehem (USA) and Syekesfehervar (Hungary) and 10 years Faenza (Italy). 6. July             Concert Corvus Corax – medieval concert in the Stadtgarten 6. -8. July         Staufer weekend with medieval market and many other attractions 8. July             Historic Staufer Procession through the town centre, -14.00 hours. Performers of the Staufer Saga and participants from Schwäbisch Gmünd schools and societies take part in this spectacle. 29. September       “The Staufers are back”, authors’ readings 1. to 12. October   “Apulia – in the footsteps of the Staufers”. Study trip to explore the core region of the Swabian dynasty with its extraordinary art treasures and fascinating landscape 4. – 6. October     European Conference “European Towns at the Time of the Staufer Dynasty”
– towns founded by the Staufers and their architectural heritage 7. October          Passing of the Banner – during the Nagold National Garden Festival, including Staufer Procession October             “Litara Musica” – a  literary and musical soiree of the Staufer era, town library 16. November        GmendrGuggeTreff – 11 Guggen Bands from all over the region mark the start of the new Carnival period 30. Nov to 23. Dec  Christmas Market in the town centre
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