It is a platform for intensive discussion, a forum for critical debate about current questions. It facilitates many opportunities for productive networking and friendship building. Kirchentag is a huge event, which takes place every two years in early summer and is a joyful festival for everyone.
The Kirchentag gathers more than 100,000 participants from everywhere: From all over Germany and indeed from all over the world. Many visitors are younger than 30 years. Groups of students or youth groups attend and several of them volunteer at the Kirchentag: as guides, or by looking after a group accommodation or by supporting the organisation at the Kirchentag venues. About half of the participants are visiting the event for the first time. For the remaining half it is their second, third or fourth visit.
Kirchentag provides opportunities for thousands of people to dip into the life of a new host city for the festival. Unknown songwriters and amateur cabaret artists contribute to it alongside high-profile personalities from the worlds of politics, science, art, business and Church.
Within the same day, Kirchentag visitors can first go to a Techno-mass, attend a meditation session afterwards; listen to a classical concert, followed by a rock-concert, and sit through a panel discussion between leading politicians. In between, there is time to let mind and soul unwind in the sunshine of the green open air locations.