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14. August — 25. September 2021

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The Festival

  • About the Ruhrtriennale

    Every year, the Ruhrtriennale — the festival of the arts — invites contemporary artists* to perform in the monumental industrial architecture of the Ruhr metropolis. Halls, coking plants, machine houses, slag heaps and abandoned lots of the mining and steel industry are transformed into impressive production and performance venues that make the festival unmistakable. The Ruhrtriennale, with its centre in the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, brings together musical theatre, drama, dance, performances, concerts, installations and visual arts and invites you to meet artists from all over the world and the region. The director of the Ruhrtriennale 2021–23 is the Swiss theatre director Barbara Frey.

    Special thanks go to the sponsors, patrons and friends of the Ruhrtriennale. Without them we couldn't realise such an ambitious programme. Since 2005, the Ruhrtriennale Freundeskreis has been one of the most loyal companions* of the festival. It sees itself as a community of art enthusiasts who are actively involved in the festival and want to experience the cultural landscape of the region together. The friends* of the Ruhrtriennale share the passion for the artistic creations of their festival. Would you also like to become part of this community? Find out more here:

  • Young Triennial & Safe Space

    The Junge Triennale gives children and young people the opportunity to experience art and culture and to make it themselves. Within the current project #nofear the project location Safe Space in Duisburg-Hochfeld was created, a creative meeting place for young people. Artistic workshops take place here, some of them in cooperation with the surrounding schools.

    Results of the workshops can be found in the digital exhibition #nofear: on air!

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    And listen to our Podcast #nofear.

    Hochfeldstr. 2
    47053 Duisburg

    Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Safe Space will remain closed until further notice.

    The youth group Safe Space Teens meets (currently digital) every Tuesday at 16-18 hrs. Young people from 12 years of age who would like to take part can register at or on our social media channels @jungetriennale. The offer is free of charge.

    Schools from the Ruhr area that are interested in a long-term cooperation with the Junge Triennale can find out more at

    Anne Britting
    Project management #nofear and Junge Triennale dramaturge
    T + 49 (0) 234 97 48 3 418

    Janina Diergarten
    Project staff Safe Space

    Timo Kemp
    Project staff and contact person for schools
    T + 49 (0) 234 97 48 347

    Olivia Maschalek
    FSJ Culture Junge Triennale
    T + 49 (0) 234 97 48 375

    #nofear is funded by the Mercator Foundation.

  • Press

    Welcome to the press area of the Ruhrtriennale 2021–23. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, would like an interview or would like to be added to our press distribution list.

    Angela Vucko
    Leitung Pressestelle / Pressesprecherin
    Head of Press
    T +49 (0) 234 97 48 33 37

    Anamaria Sumić
    Assistenz Presse / Press
    T +49 (0) 234 97 48 34 20

  • Jobs

    The Ruhrtriennale is regularly on the lookout for seasonal helpers, extras and culture-loving employees. You can find current job advertisements of the Kultur Ruhr GmbH here.

  • Festival Archive

    Discover the programmes of the artistic directors Gerard Mortier, Jürgen Flimm, Willy Decker, Heiner Goebbels, Johan Simons and Stefanie Carp on the websites of past Ruhrtriennale editions.