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History of the Breminale

The risk of bad weather does not keep masses of people from coming to the Breminale every year.
The risk of bad weather does not keep masses of people from coming to the Breminale every year.

Malicious tongues hold the opinion that the annual BREMINALE on the meadows at the Osterdeich is actually part of a long-term study for a future export hit of the hanseatic city to the arid zones of the world. This false interpretation of the cultural festival at the Weser is based on the prevalent association with the element water. Though the actual weather data of the past 25 years of BREMINALE annually shows one or two sunny summer days, the deep-rooted visitors intuitively associate the cultural event with an inevitable rain front.


The water masses from above are occasionally also supported from below due to the unpredictable tidal range of the Weser and an occasional flooding of the festival site. Hence the myth of the bad BREMINALE weather has become deeply entrenched in people’s minds so that any protest against it seems useless.

In 1986 the twelve founding members of the BREMINALE did probably not think that something as profane as the weather would become such an existential factor for the success of the festival. Nevertheless the women and men that started this project seem to have been on the right track with their idea of a diverse culture festival. Despite the frequently inclement weather the BREMINALE still attracts thousands of people every year.