Local news translated – Friday, July 15, 2022

Host Nation Update, July 15, 2022

Communities prepare for emergencies

Lights and fountains are turned off, swimming pools are heated less: Communities are preparing for gas shortages with a variety of measures. At the same time, they have a promise to private gas customers.

No one can yet predict for sure whether gas will really be as scarce in winter as feared. But cities and municipalities are already preparing for a crisis. Saving energy in the current situation is a task for society as a whole, said Verena Göppert, deputy managing director of the German Association of Cities, to the dpa news agency.

The cities are therefore currently examining many short-term savings measures. They “are, for example, leaving lights off, doing without hot water in public buildings, turning off fountains, and tempering air conditioners and bath water differently,” Göppert said.

In addition, cities are working with their crisis teams and municipal utilities to develop contingency plans in case the federal government declares a gas emergency and gas is rationed, according to the Association of Cities. To this end, close coordination is also taking place with the federal government, the states and the Federal Network Agency. “What is clear here is that no one should have to freeze in the winter,” Göppert said.

“If the gas tap is turned off in Germany, private households are among the most protected customers – so energy would only be rationed to them as a last resort,” she promised. It would be even better if gas supplies were sufficient and restrictions were not necessary at all.

(Spiegel, July 12)


Stuttgart could soon get a night train to the south

Overnight from Stuttgart to Salzburg, Venice or Zagreb? This could possibly soon become reality. What the Austrian Federal Railway is planning.

Train travelers may soon also be able to travel from Stuttgart on a night train operated by the Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB). The timetable for the coming year includes an extension of the night jet from Munich via Salzburg to Venice (Italy), Rijeka and Zagreb (both Croatia). A stop in Stuttgart for the Vienna-Paris night jet is also being examined. There are objections to this because of unattractive stopping times.

When will the timetable for Stuttgart be finalized and what will happen next? An ÖBB spokesman told dpa that the 2023 timetable is still being planned. “We ask for your understanding that we will not provide complete information about the long-distance connections for the upcoming timetable until October.” Only then would available train paths and the associated travel times be certain.

(Stuttgarter Zeitung, July 14)


Wildfire danger at highest level throughout the state

Persistent drought and wind – a dangerous combination. That’s why the highest danger level 5 for forest fires is in effect across the country on Thursday.

The drought now can lead to extreme dangers to forests in the southwest. The wildfire danger index of the German weather service shows that on Thursday nearly the whole country has the highest danger level 5. From the west, hot air moves over the country. It is expected to be around 29 to 35 degrees on Thursday. The wildfire danger with the continuing dryness in connection with wind, is a dangerous combination. A few passing clouds in the afternoon are unlikely to help.

(Stuttgarter Nachrichten, July 14)


Festivals, open-air cinema, soapbox races

What’s on in the Stuttgart region this weekend

Summer is reaching its peak these days: it’s not long before the big vacations, temperatures are reaching more than 30 degrees – and one festival, one event, one open-air cinema is currently chasing the other. This weekend, from July 15 to 17, you have to think carefully about which event you choose, because there is so much going on in the Stuttgart region. To help you keep track, we have put together a selection of recommended events, sorted by district.

Böblingen district: 

Movie and jumps in the open-air pool

With midsummer temperatures of over 30 degrees, the region’s outdoor pools are tempting visitors to cool off during the day. The Sindelfingen pool offers the most space and even has a summer night cinema on Friday evening, July 15: “Monsieur Claude und sein großes Fest” will be shown there as a preview at 9:15 pm. Worth seeing!

After a balmy evening at the movies, things get splashy there on Saturday and Sunday: at the world championship in splashdiving, high-divers try to get as much cool water as possible out of the water with their butts. This promises to be quite a spectacle, the jumps are sometimes daring and hurt just to watch. It starts on Saturday at 10 a.m. with the first jumps, from 10.30 a.m. the qualification follows and at 4.30 p.m. the first final. The actual final will take place on Sunday at 9 a.m. on the jump towers.

Soapbox race in Holzgerlingen

After cooling down during the day, the event continues on Saturday evening in Grafenau-Dätzingen with an impressive event: The Festival of Lights promises great lighting effects in the summery night sky. In the courtyard of the festively illuminated castle, the band Mirena will play, and there will be culinary delights or something to quench your thirst at the fire department’s burn bar.

Fans of hot downhill races will get their money’s worth on Sunday in Holzgerlingen. The traditional soapbox race, also known as the Schönbuch Box Cup, promises exciting two-man competitions starting at 1 p.m. in a knock-out system. It’s anything but boring all around, too: at the town festival, which is being held again for the first time since 2019, bands will be rocking the program on three stages, on Sunday already from 11 a.m. at the Frühschoppen.

(Stuttgarter Zeitung, July 14)


Stuttgart Marktplatz

DATE: July 12-July 17, 2022

From Tuesday, July 12 to Sunday, July 17, 2022, the largest intercultural festival in southern Germany, the Summer Festival of Cultures, will once again be able to take place in the heart of Stuttgart, the state capital!

So in July, you can dance, celebrate and eat for six days. Stars of the international world music scene will fascinate the visitors with exciting concerts from Griot to Balkan beats – and all that with free admission! Culinary delicacies from all over the world and a rich cultural program will be provided by Stuttgart’s migrant associations. There will also be a colorful market of cultures.

(Stuttgart Tourist, July 10)

jazzopen stuttgart 2022

July 12, 2022 – July 17, 2022

Finally, the time has come again: the jazzopen stuttgart 2022 will take place from July 7 to 17, 2022.

It’s going to be a festival, because you can expect eleven days full of exhilarating concerts on five stages. From Herbie Hancock to Stanley Clarke, Gregory Porter, Jamie Cullum, Celeste, John Legend, Van Morrison and Robert Plant to Sting: the list of artists who will perform at jazzopen 2022 is long and good!

A special feature this year: for the first time in the history of jazzopen, 6 concert evenings will take place on the Schlossplatz.

(Stuttgart website, July)

SchoWo – Schorndorf City Festival

Hamburg Fish Market in Stuttgart