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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 more information in this PDF folder.

  • Junge Triennale

    The Junge Triennale gives children and young people the chance to experience and make their own art and culture.

    As part of the #nofear project, the creative meeting place Safe Space was created for young people in Duisburg-Hochfeld for one year. You can find the project results from the Safe Space in the digital exhibition #nofear: on air! at

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    And listen in to our podcast #nofear.

    The Safe Space Teens youth group meets (currently digitally) every Tuesday at 4-6pm. Teens age 12 and up can contact us 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
    Projektleitung #nofear und Dramaturgin Junge Triennale
    T + 49 (0) 234 97 48 3 418

    Timo Kemp
    Project staff and contact person for schools
    T + 49 (0) 234 97 48 3 375

    Olivia Marschalek
    FSJ Kultur Junge Triennale
    T + 49 (0) 234 97 48 3 347

    #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
    Head of Press
    T +49 (0) 234 97 48 33 37

    Anamaria Sumić
    T +49 (0) 234 97 48 34 20

    Here you will find current press material for the Ruhrtriennale.

  • Jobs

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