In addition to the regular bar evenings, Switchboard offers a variety of cultural and scene-oriented events.
- Café Karussell
Café Karussell is a meeting place for men-loving men of the 60plus generation. Here older gay men can meet each other, as well as their friends and acquaintances without fear of rejection. Café Karussell is an open meeting place with a varied and changing range of topics and programmes.
Information and helpful tips:
- How do I want to shape my aging process?
- What provisions should I make?
- How do I find friends or a partner?
- Sexuality in old age
- Convivial rounds with music
- Readings & serialised crime stories
- Schlager parade of the 60s and 70s
- Films, readings, talks and more relating to topics relevant to the group
Café Karussell takes place every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month from 3 to 6 PM, currently online due to corona. Shortly before the event, the invitation link to a Webex meeting will be sent out, click on the link, activate the video and microphone and you are good to go! Registration via e-mail at email@example.com is only necessary once.
The event series is a joint project of the AHF and the Frankfurt Verband in cooperation with the 40+ group Schwules Forum Frankfurt.
If you have any questions or would like to register for the newsletter, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone's a star here: The famous Japanese singing pleasure has long since arrived in Frankfurt. And, of course, also in Switchboard. The show is presented alternately by Dennis or Ivo. The stars are you yourselves. Of course, everyone can take part and choose from a huge repertoire of songs.
We don't know if you'll find the love of your life at our MAIN-City-Dating; although it has happened here. But maybe you'll find a nice man or even several to chat with. And who knows what time will bring. The GAB describes this event as follows; “Looking for Prince Charming? At best you'll find him in a fairy tale, but at the very least you can meet real men at Main-City-Dating in Switchboard - and they're much better!”
After a welcome drink to loosen up, the charming host Thomas will guide you through a programme where gay singles can get to know each other informally. No entrance fee, no registration - just drop by.
- Offene Bühne
In April 2011 the time had come: Robert and Thomas organised the Offene Bühne (Open stage) for the first time and in the meantime it has become an integral part of the events at Switchboard. Every time, it delights and surprises the audience with a wide variety of performances. True to the motto ‘cabaret by and for everyone’, everyone can present whatever they like on stage. Whether it's a poetry recital, singing a song, telling a story, playing an instrument, or even explaining your porridge preference - everything takes place without public judgement. There is only one restriction; no travesty, because that can be found elsewhere.
The idea for the Offene Bühne came to Thomas when, after all the casting shows and drag queen contests, he was in the mood for a completely different event. Since there was nothing, he found a comrade-in-arms for a new format in Robert. From the first event it was clear that this concept was a success; relaxed and curious guests, excited and motivated performers in a relaxed bar atmosphere.
The Offene Bühne thrives on participation. We look forward to your suggestions. Interested parties can apply via email to email@example.com, leave a message on Facebook under OffeneBuehneFrankfurt, write to OffeneBuehneFfm on Gayromeo, or sign up on the list at the Switchboard counter.
At the Switch-Cinema we show current films with LGBTIQ+ themes in cooperation with Pro-Fun Media. Switchboard becomes a living room - watch films with friends in a relaxed atmosphere and the whole thing is free of charge!
In October 2011, the Switch-Kultur event series was launched. Ralf Döblitz and Hubert E. had the idea of offering other events within the scene, free of charge on a donation basis under the motto: ‘Going out for a good cause’. Initially, it was difficult to find artists who wanted to perform for free, it took a lot of persuasion. Since then, however, Switch Culture has become a permanent feature of the events at Switchboard.
The performances are mixed; from readings with musical accompaniment, to lectures, theatre performances, singing with instrumental accompaniment, travesty, opera, operetta, musicals, political events, wine tastings, vernissage openings, serious discussions on the topic of HIV, film screenings, and so much more!
We are grateful to the artists who make Switchboard attractive through their commitment and who always attract new guests. Well-known community celebrities perform, as well as artists from a group of regular guests. We extent a special thanks to all of our contributors!
The evenings are always accompanied by the popular home-made hessenESSEN, which is cooked and served with much love and wit by the hessenEssen team: You can taste the love in the details! All in all - a fantastic event to laugh, enjoy, relax and reflect.
If you would like to perform (we are looking for musicians!) or if you would like to be included in the event newsletter, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested, you can keep up to date via the Facebook page - the link to which can be found below.
In cooperation with the FVV Frankfurt we organise a monthly dance tea for our guests. Regardless of whether we are dancing the Rumba, Samba, Foxtrot, Waltz or Discofox, dancing together is fun! The FVV dance department provides the music and, if time permits, the trainer will also be there to offer a small introductory workshop. After a hot session on the dance floor, refreshments will of course be provided by the Switchboard bar team.