About the Ruhrtriennale

This year's Ruhrtriennale — the festival of the arts — takes place from 10 August to 23 September 2023. Under the artistic direction of Swiss theatre director Barbara Frey, halls, coking plants, machine houses and slagheaps of the mining and steel industries become distinctive protagonists for the festival. The programme is located at the intersection of musical theatre, drama, dance, performances, concerts, installations and visual arts.

History of the festival

20 years of Ruhrtriennale

On the occasion of the Ruhrtriennale's 20th anniversary, dramaturge Dorothea Neweling, who worked for the festival from 2002 to 2017, compiled a personal retrospective on behalf of the Ruhrtriennale. Dive with us into the diverse memories of the individual festival years!