Each summer the annual Middle Rhine Music Festival, founded in the year 2000, sets the whole of the Middle Rhine Valley between Mainz and Koblenz buzzing. The event encompasses everything from classical music to jazz and offers a host of musical treats ranging from solo performances to entire philharmonic orchestras. Readings by well-known actors jostle side by side with classic events such as “Picnic and Classics in the Park”. Unusual open-air venues complement the more orthodox settings of castles, churches and palace ballrooms. A tradition for more over fifteen years, the Middle Rhine Music Festival is now a firm fixture in Germany’s cultural calendar. It is the Middle Rhine’s premier cultural highlight with a glowing reputation that reaches far beyond the local area.