12.08 - 24.09.2016
Festival of the Arts Music theatre, Theatre, Dance, Installation, Music

  • Music 13.08.


    Electronic music from highbrow to lowbrow, from sub-culture, club culture and pop culture, from overground to underground.

  • Music 16.08., 17.08.

    sPeM In aLIuM

    Both legendary and modern: the opera choir from Perm in Russia combines 40 part a capella Renaissance music with baroque and contemporary pieces.

    Tickets for the additional show on august 16 now available!
  • Dance 01.09. - 03.09.2016, 08.09. - 10.09.2016

    nIcHT sCHLaFeN

    Europe in a state of upheaval: the feverish continent at the beginning of the 20th century. And it all starts with the music of Gustav Mahler.

  • Music theatre 02.09. - 04.09.2016, 08.09. - 10.09.2016

    DIe FreMDen

    A European kills an Arab. Decades later his brother demands justice and exposes a godless world. What are the values which determine our culture?

Liberty? Equality? Fraternity?

From 12th August 2016 we will once again be saying “Seid umschlungen” (“Be Embraced”) – Ruhrtriennale will open its arms and its programme, stretching far beyond the Ruhr region – further than ever this year – and including the most diverse art forms which go to make up this festival. In the past year our motto has become even more resonant: think of the applauding crowds at German railway stations, of the banners saying “Refugees welcome”, of the widespread atmosphere of a welcoming culture. Or those other railway station images, not long after, of the assaults on women in Cologne on New Year’s Eve. “Be embraced, you millions” originally comes from Friedrich Schiller’s poem, along with “All mankind are brothers”. How utopian! The real situation in Europe is something we discover afresh every day.

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