Culture, art and tradition
Buchen, as a regional centre, meets all the requirements in the cultural sector with its comprehensive selection of institutions and events.
Especially worth mentioning are the regional museum, one of the most extensive folkloristic museums in southern Germany with varying special exhibitions and the folkloristic library, as well as the new modern public library.
And obviously also the theatre performances of the Baden national company. Equally worth mentioning are the concert series “Buchen in concert”, featuring excellent classical concerts of international standard, political comedy and jazz performances.
Various local traditions are being cultivated in Buchen and its neighbourhoods.
One annual highlight has to be the famous “Buchener Faschenacht” (carnival). Equally traditional it the Buchen Schützenmarkt (marksmen’s festival), a regional fun fair, held in the first week of September. In 1986 Buchen hosted the “Heimattage (‘local days’) Baden-Württemberg” and the European Jugendmusikfestival (youth music festival) „Eurotreff-Musik“ has already taken place twice, in 1991 and 1996. There are also around 150 associations (including 16 choirs and 10 musical societies), an important part of the cultural activities in our town.
More information on the various associations can be found in our database (German). The oldest society in Buchen, the Schützengesellschaft (marksmen’s society), has a long tradition reaching back over 175 years.
Talking about music:
one of the main associations has to be the Stadtkapelle (city marching band) Buchen. Founded in 1893, they are the musical representatives of Buchen. A society representing the town not with words but with (musical) notes - this is how it is put in their charter. The Stadtkapelle has their own concerts and provides the musical framework for many local and clerical events. The wide spectrum of the brass band ranges from traditional folk music to marches, polkas, rock- and pop songs. The ambitious musicians are welcome guests even outside Buchen’s city limits.
Regional museum (Bezirksmuseum)
The Regional Museum possesses one of the most comprehensive folkloristic collections in the Baden part of Franconia.
Dating from the first examples of the settlement in our area to documents on the town history, historic craft and farming tools, religious folk art, Odenwald ceramics, a diverse collection of paintings (for example from the famous painter of battles, Wilhelm Emelé, and the Hollerbach Malerkolonie (painter’s colony)) up to the tastefully furnished peasant and middle-class parlours, including the Kraus-chamber with mementos of the German-Swedish composer Joseph Martin Kraus (1756 - 1792). The visitor gets to vividly experience history in the museum.
The Joseph-Martin-Kraus Music School in Buchen was founded in 1991 and today it presents itself as an efficient musical educational institution with a highly diversified selection of subjects.
They include the parent-child group “Mobile”, early musical education, and individual and group lessons for pupils, adolescents and adults, teaching them to play a variety of musical instruments. On offer are lessons in the following subjects: voice classes (classical and jazz/pop music), singing classes, string instruments (violin, viola, violoncello, contrabass), woodwind instruments (recorder, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon), brass instruments…
The famous “Buchener Faschenacht”, with a tradition reaching back over 500 years, has turned Buchen into the carnival centre of the Baden part of Franconia. The carnival association “FG Narrhalla” was founded in 1879 by the amalgamation of individual carnival societies.
Hundreds of “Huddelbätzen”, the famous Buchen carnival figure, entertain the crowd with their singing and dancing. They are present at the traditional Buchen “Gänsemarsch” on Carnival Sunday and the big procession on Shrove Monday.
Marksmen's Festival (Schützenmarkt)
The Buchen Schützenmarkt is a traditional fun fair for the whole region. It is held in the first week of September and combines the fun fair with a market event.
As in most rural areas, community life in Buchen is mainly organised by local associations. The oldest society in Buchen, the marksmen’s corps, founded in 1822 as a people’s guard, has from the beginning focused on sociability.
The initial marksmen’s shooting event in September has in 1830 turned into the Schützenmarkt, a festival approved by the marksmen’s corps. In 1859 the corps became the Schützengesellschaft (marksmen’s society), which is still hosting the annual Buchen Schützenmarkt in the first week of September.