Welcome to Cuxhaven - the Capital of Shanties!
Since 1974 we celebrate our Shanty-Festival - Tag der Shanty-Chöre (Day of the Shanty Choirs) in Cuxhaven.
Throughout the years this Shanty-Festival has become a constant in Cuxhaven′s event calendar attracting thousands of visitors. There is no other place where so many choirs from both home and abroad meet. A few thousand singers have discovered our beautiful North Sea Spa Cuxhaven and have come back here many times.
But what is the secret about this event, that has attracted so many guests and local people over the decades? Maybe it is the illusion of wind and waves, of sailor′s joy and sorrow conveyed by the choirs in their songs. Or the beautiful maritime scenes such as the shipping lane at the "Alte Liebe", Cuxhaven′s no. 1 sight-seeing place right by the sea and harbour. Watching ships passing the "Alte Liebe" on their way to the far ocean fills almost everyone with wanderlust. For whatever reason it is a fact, that this is the perfect place for such an event and it is fairly true to call Cuxhaven the Capital of Shanties.
The festival is held every year on a weekend in June for two days - starting on Saturday with many performances in different places all along the beach and harbour and a maritime gala evening in the "Kugelbake-Halle", followed on Sunday by a nonstop show in the "Kurpark Döse".