Also in 2009 the open-air-cultureFestival BREMINALE has grown once again. From the 1st until the 5th of July thousands of visitors enjoyed the music, literature, the shows and talks on the stages and open-air-attractions. Moreover, one could experience the lovely gastronomic offer inbetween the tents. Furthermore, not only the tents were used as performance locations for musical acts, but additionally the festival presented avantgarde-culture and innovative market ideas, mainstream-pop and creative handcraft wagons „Folk-Art“ and „Global player“ on both sides of the Weser. The radio channels „Bremen Vier“, „Bremen Eins“ and „Nordwestradio“ and cultural institutions like the „Bremer Filmbüro“, „Spedition“, „Schwankhalle“ and „Lagerhaus“ presented themselves on the festival ground and completed the versatile program. One could not only listen to bands from Bremen, but also enjoy famous acts like“Polarkreis 18” and “Selig”. Moreover, the old „Licht-und-Luft-Bad“, on the isle inbetween the two Weser streams, organized a circus festival for children. The eventboat „Treue“ and the pedestrain tunnel became a cool but yet hot dancing club. For the first time the BREMINALE offered a whole-day-family-program and concerts in the early morning while the sun rose. Lots of time and space was given to stroll around the festival ground and to chat with friends and family. As usual, all the acts on BREMINALE were free.
The year 2009 was a year of extremes. „We havn’t had such circumstances during the last 21 years“ projectmanager Rolf Hesener summarizes. High temperatures, hot summer days, rushing rain, cold nights, the Weser flooding the green field, crowded tents because of outstanding concerts and at times an overcrowded festival ground. 150.000 people visited the festival within the five days. The visitors loved the extended culture program. One part was the exhibition with 100 „culture heads“ of Bremen, which was open at day and night. Another one was the cooperation with the eventboat „Treue“ and the important culture and party institution „Lagerhaus“. Anselm Züghard from the Lagerhaus is excited about the good working cooperation with the festival. The new artistic directors Susanne von Essen and Carsten Werner created a platform for interactive, urban and international Avantgarde-Culture and therefore positively surprised visitors and artists. „The artists from other cities appreciated the athmosphere and thanked for the warm welcome by the openminded people from Bremen“ said Susanne von Essen.