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40th International Hanseatic Days Brilon
June 4th to June 7th, 2020

The first virtual Hanseatic Day in the 660-year history of the Hanseatic League

After the cancellation oft the 40th International Hanseatic days in Brilon, the town of Brilon is happy to announce the alternative planning for the first weekend in June.

In close coordination with the Hanseatic League, and the Hansebüro of the HANSA, Brilon will organize the  “first virtual Hanseatic Day in the 660-year history of the Hanseatic league”. All agenda items with a specific time can be viewed live on the internet. You can follow all events on our social media accounts.



Download the programme here.


Thursday, June 4th

7:30 p.m.

Opening ceremony,

followed by the Hanseatic fanfare performed by the “Brilon Hanseatic orchestra project"                                    


Friday, June 5th


Virtual guides and exhibitions:

8 a.m.

Photography exhibition “The Hanseatic League - People and Locations"

8 a.m. 

#HanseUnited – Our Hanseatic guests present themselves

8 a.m.

„Brilons open Gardens“ - 14 Gardenowners open their virtual gates

8 a.m.“The tents of European solidarity” - impressions of the hanseatic-handmade tipi, guided by artist Ute Lennartz- Lembeck
9 a.m.The Hansa-Run of the "Sekundarschule Brilon"
10 a.m.Meeting of the assembly of delegates of the hanseatic league via video conferencing (internal meeting, no live broadcast on the Internet)
11 a.m.Signing the “Brilon-Declaration” celebrating the 40th anniversary of the modern International Hanseatic League


Hanseatic fanfare performed by "Bläserkreis Petrinum Brilon"
2 p.m.

“Hansa in face of Corona” – Greetings from the LWL- Kulturstiftung and the Westphalian Hanseatic League

3 p.m.Address from Dr. Felicia Sternfeld, director of the European Hanseatic Museum, Lübeck
5 p.m.Address from Rachid Hamdaoui, Spokesman of the youthHansa Commission
6 p.m.Hanseatic fanfare performed by "Jugendblasorchester Brilon"
6.30 p.m.Stay@home – Live-cooking show „Sauerländer Menü“ with regional cooks Pio und Tommy (Download the list of ingredients)


Saturday, June 6th

9 a.m.Hansa-Run: The first milestone
10 a.m.Hanseatic fanfare performed by "Blasorchester Brilon"     
11 a.m.

Video message of the officiating “Briloner Waldfee” and her predecessors

noon Hanseatic fanfare performed by "Blasorchester Brilon"     
3 p.m.HanseMove – the Hanseatic League in motion – with the VHS Brilon                                              
5.30 p.m.

Address from the “St. Hubertus Schützenbruderschaft Brilon”

6 p.m.Hanseatic fanfare performed live by "Musikverein Messinghausen"


Sunday, June 7th

9 a.m.Hansa-Run: The first milestone
11 p.m.YouthHansa - time capsule


Hanseatic fanfare performed live by "Musikverein Hoppecke"

2-5 p.m.

Impressions of the „Drive-in – Hanseatic Day to go“

(in front of the city hall)

6 p.m.

Hanseatic fanfare performed live by "Musikverein Altenbüren"

followed by the Closing ceremony:

The Mayor of the Hanseatic city of Brilon, Dr. Bartsch, will virtually hand over the Hansa flag to the Head

of Interim Administration of Riga City Municipality of the Hanseatic city of Riga (Latvia), Mr. Balsevics, 

as the host of the 41st Hanseatic Days 2021. Musically accompanied by Schirin Partowi and the

„Brilon Hanseatic choir project”

Monday, June 8th

9 a.m.Hansa-Run: The goal                                                                                     


All agenda items with a specific time can be viewed live on the internet. You can follow all events on our social media accounts.

What is going to happen in Brilon’s city centre during the 4th and the 7th of June 2020?

Under consideration of the Corona pandemic and social distancing measures, we are capable to perform following ‘live’ events:

  • “Tents of European solidarity” –

         in the front yard of the Marienschule, on the church grounds of “Evangelische Kirche” and in front of the hospital “Maria Hilf”


  • Outdoor Photography exhibition “The Hanseatic League - People and Locations”

          Bürgerzentrum Kolpinghaus, Propst-Meyer-Straße


  • “#HanseUnited”
    Movie displayed on an outdoor-screen at the museum Haus Hövener


  • “Drive-in – Hanseatic Day to go”
    on Sunday 7th, between 2 and 5 p.m. at the bus station in front of the city hall.

    The Drive-in will contain 3 booths:
                Hanse booth:              Sale of the Hanse lucky bag
                Heimat booth:             “Heimatliebe” magazine for free
                Handgemacht booth:  Sale of handmade items      

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