Nightfever started on 29th October 2005, shortly after the XX World Youth Day in Cologne with one million young Christians from all around the world had ended. Throughout these days, the cities of Cologne, Bonn and Düsseldorf were then filled with young people singing and praying day and night. And churches were still full even after midnight. The church is young, and its young spirit could be experienced here.
But then things seemed to had gone back to normal only a few weeks later: the young people were at home, and the churches quite empty again. This was when two students from Bonn realized: „This cannot be the end. This great vibe/spirit of the WYD has to go on in our daily lives…!“
And it was then when Andreas Süß (Pastor of Bensberg and Moitzfeld in Germany) and Katharina Fassler (Emmanuel Community, now married and mother of four children) planned the first Nightfever in St. Remigius Bonn. The concept was based on the Evening of Joy of the Emmanuel Community. Nightfever is an initiative of young Christians (16-35 years) and is carried out as a community action of trainees, students of different faculties, pupils, young adults from parishes, different communities, seminarians and orders. Initially, Nightfever was planned as a single event, but its high reputation, frequentation, and many request has led to Nightfever being run on a regular base.
The first years
Once Nightfever had started, the word spread fast and students in other cities wanted to start running it in their churches, too. In close coordination and after previous training Freiburg (St. Martin), Erfurt (St. Lorenz), Cologne (Cologne Cathedral) and Mainz (Augustinerkirche) followed in 2006. Today Nightfever is taking place in over 80 cities in Germany.
An initiative is spreading around the world
Also outside of Germany, there were young Christians who wanted to bring Nightfever to their churches and made contact with the Nightfever initiative. In May 2008 the first Nightfever in Vienna took place. Up to now we could celebrate over 3.000 Nightfever and Nightfever has already taken place in more than 200 cities around the world. You can get a more detailed insight by having a look at our Nightfever world map.
Nightfever is now represented in 26 other countries as well: Austria, Switzerland, Netherland, Denmark, England, Scotland, Italy, Ireland, Spain, Canada, Kroatia, Australia, Brasil, USA, Belgium, Poland, Argentinia, Thailand, Luxembourg, France, Slovakia, Mexico, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Czech Republic, India and in Hungary.
Nightfever is even a regular event at major events like the Ecumenical Church Gathering (Ökumenischer Kirchentag), the Annual Church
The biggest Nightfever with 13,000 visitors took place in Trindade (Brazil) on 3rd July 2015.
Nightfever was founded by students and is still worn by young adults. Everyone can get involved as their time allows. After a training by the supra-regional team, each team organizes their Nightfever evenings self-reliant, paying attention to what is important for Nightfever. It is important to us that Nightfever is celebrated in the same spirit and that we know each other and pray for each other. In order to keep Nightfever in the unity and to preserve the vision and the charisma, Nightfever starts are only possible after prior training by the international Nightfever team. Who wants to celebrate Nightfever, therefore has to be in contact with us (firstname.lastname@example.org). Together we choose the right format, we school the teams and accompany the start. Here you can get more information: “I am interested in starting Nightfever“.
Once a year, the Nightfever teams from all cities meet for an international Nightfever Weekend to get to know each other, to celebrate and to pray together.