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

  • Music theatre 12.08., 14.08., 20.08., 21.08., 25.08., 27.08., 28.08.


    King Admetos is dying. The gods promise to cure him if someone will sacrifice themselves in his place. Who is willing to do this? A European myth in an uncompromising opera.

  • Installation 13.08., 13.08., 14.08., 16.08. - 21.08.2016, 23.08. - 28.08.2016, 30.08. - 04.09.2016, 08.09. - 11.09.2016, 16.09. - 18.09.2016, 20.09. - 24.09.2016


    She’s a speculator, a housewife, a reporter, a punk, a homeless person, a teacher, a newsreader ... the Australian film icon recites a series of artistic manifestos.

  • Music 13.08.


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

  • 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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