Lower Saxony can boast a rich and diverse theatrical scene. The three state theatres – in Hannover, Brunswick and Oldenburg – are among the most prestigious venues, their productions attracting attention far beyond the state's borders. There are also two "Landesbühnen" (state playhouses), in Hannover and in Wilhelmshaven, and numerous local, non-state and independent theatres; you will also find amateur and open-air venues and theatres where the "Low German" language is celebrated.
The programmes of these theatres and playhouses are enriched by a number of outstanding seasonal events – Lower Saxony's dance and theatre festivals. Among the most important of these are the Oldenburg Ballet Festival (annual), the Gandersheim Cathedral Festival (annual), the Tanztheater International (International Dance Theatre) (held annually), Arena (held biennially, 2011), the festival Theaterformen (Forms of Theatre) which takes place in alternate years in Hannover und Brunswick, the Hildesheim Transeuropa Festival (held triennially, 2012) and the Oldenburg Prisma Festival (biennially, 2011). Many styles will be on show, from classical performances to elements of experimental music and dance – all tastes will be catered for!