Cultural Events

Cultural events (photo by Katja Schmidt)

Sports event

ISWI sports event (photo by Daniel Bischoff)

Sport can connect people from different cultural backgrounds and build bridges over language barriers. In light of this, the aim of our sports event is to have fun and play together. Everyone is invited to parti­cipate in various traditional and modern sport activi­ties. Just head on down and have fun!

When: Saturday 18th May, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: University gym

Welcome Party

Get-to-know-party (photo by ISWIeV)

After receiving lots of important information, it is time for you to get to know each other in a more relaxed atmosphere. The best way to achieve this is with a party where we can all dance, sing and have fun together. We have also prepared a few games to break the ice, so let’s get to know each other!

When: Saturday 18th May, from 9:00 p.m.
Where: Humboldtbuilding, Foyer

World Food Festival

International Brunch (photo by Lukas Haffner)

Taste the world: An exciting journey through Earth’s cultures with plenty of tasty delicacies, traditional songs and dances – this is the International Brunch. Meet interesting people from all over the world and dive deep into the culture of other countries.

The ISWI World Food Festival invites you to present your country through regional costumes, pictures, traditional dishes, recipes, national music, dances etc. An exciting journey is awaiting you! Visual, musical and culinary impressions will merge together, to create a unique experience. We are looking forward to seeing you!

When: Sunday 19th May, 2:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Where: Wetzlarer Platz, city centre

Open Air Concert

Open Air Concert (photo by ISWIeV)

Every ISWI needs music. By listening and dancing to various bands you can easily get to know the other participants of ISWI and Ilmenau students.

Look forward to three excellent, danceable, diverse bands:

  • Skavida – the Ska makes your feet dance
  • Sista Awa – for all who have reggae in their blood
  • Emersound – German-Brazilian Samba-Hip-Hop Sounds Like This

Admission is free!

When: Tuesday 21st May, from 7:30 p.m.
Where: Gustav-Kirchhoff-Platz

Time Travel – “Begin Your Crafting Adventure!”

Light for change (photos by Wolfram Schubert, Christiane Bredehorn & Frank Diehn)
Who has not dreamed of travelling back in time? To get to know once in a few hours different aspects of time and working methods? These dreams can be realized in this year’s special event with the theme: Time Travel! Following the motto “Begin Your Crafting Adventure”, we invite all visitors to join us in marvelling at the changing times and trying out the different ways of crafting. In the context of an opening, Workshops, stands, discussion areas and an evening program many various facets of crafting are taken up. Experience traditional and modern craftsmanship with us! Create your own time travel according to your taste!

When: Wednesday 22nd May
Where: Campus TU Ilmenau
Opening: 5:00 p.m., location TBA

Movie Night

Movie Night (photo by Christiane Bredehorn)

Moving images have fascinated since their invention. Hardly any of the media influences us as much as movies do. Motion pictures give our fantasy free rein, they let us dream, they give our ideas expression and offer us the possibility to communicate with other people by overcoming nearly every border. Movies are, therefore, a source of information. They give insights into cultures and into thoughts of other people. They can call attention to grievance, invite people to reflect, or invoke protests.

When: Thursday 23rd May, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Where: Helmholtz -auditorium

Thuringia Experience Day

Thuringia Experience Day (photos by ISWIeV)

Erfurt is the capital of Thuringia. It has preserved an intact medieval city centre. The city is known for its two churches, the Erfurt Cathedral (Mariendom) and the church of St. Se­verus, which stand side by side. Another very famous sight is the “Krämerbrücke”, a bridge consisting of inhabited houses. But Erfurt is also a modern city where you can relax in one of the beautiful cafés or go shopping.


Weimar is one of the great cultural sites in Europe. Famous German poets like Goethe, Schiller and Herder as well as the pianist and composer Franz Liszt lived and worked here. In 1999, the European Council of Ministers selected the city as a European Capital of Culture. You will take part in a guided tour; afterwards you can go for a walk in the beautiful park site “Park an der Ilm” and retrace Goethe’s steps.


The history of Eisenach is closely linked to the Wartburg Castle, which was built in 1067 and is today a UNESCO World Heritage site. Several legendary events took place there. Maybe you have heard about the “Sin­gers’ Contest on the Wartburg”. It was also the place where Martin Luther hided from persecution and translated the New Testament into German. The town is also famous as the birthplace of the composer and musician Johann Sebastian Bach.

The Thuringian Forest

The Thuringian Forest has impressed hikers and lovers of nature from nearby and far away for decades. Go on a hiking tour around Ilmenau, enjoy the beauty of the landscape and climb up Ilmenau’s highest mountain, the “Kickelhahn”, with a height of 861 meters.

When: Saturday 25th. May, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Student Clubs

Party at the Ilmenau student clubs

Besides supporting the many cultural ISWI events, the Ilmenau student clubs also organize a fantastic cultural programme for you. Each of the four clubs has its own style and atmosphere. Visit all the clubs and check out which you like best or just randomly pick one every night:

If you want to take a break and drink some tea or coffee, visit the bc-Studentencafé.

Date: everyday
When: 10 pm (bc-Café: 12.00 noon – 5.00 pm)
Where: bc-Club, BD CLUB, BH-Club, bi-Club, bc-Café