Festival of European Church Music Schwäbisch Gmünd Located near Stuttgart, the city of Schwaebisch Gmuend – once a Roman castle – had a European start to its history. The town first found mention in a Charlemagne document in the year 784. Upheld by the imperial house of Staufer, it is considered the oldest Staufer town in Germany. In the middle of the 12th century it became a Free Imperial Town. Since 1989, the city invites international choirs, organists, singers and famous ensembles (The Hilliards, Ton Koopman, Philippe Herreweghe) to perform sacred music at the annual festival.
bOing! is an international family festival for all ages which brings families together with artists and companies from across the UK and Europe. The festival is funded by Arts Council England, University of Kent and Kent County Council and led by the University of Kent’s Arts Centre- Gulbenkian. The first bOIng! was in 2014 engaging with 2500 audience members rising to 6000 in 2015 and 11,000 in 2016.