Bochum clears the stage

Leveraging from the city's tenure as European Capital of Culture 2010, the Festspielplatz RUHR definitively put itself on the map. Bochum is a city of culture with its own, distinct personality. Locals and visitors alike flock to the spectacles on offer at the prestigious venues and festivals that shape the city's new image and which serve to boost its appeal.

Nothing does more to make a cultural destination appealing than a leading theatre or orchestra. Well, Bochum can offer you both, and both enjoy a history dating back over 90 years. Lovers of classical music have come to treasure the multi award-winning Bochum Symphony Orchestra. Fans of the stage, for their part, look forward to every show Bochum Civic Theatre puts on. Famous directors set a standard in the past with their acclaimed productions which today's productions still fully live up to.

Starlight Express, the most successful and internationally acclaimed musical in the world, has become a firm local fixture, its elaborate choreography, rousing music and breathtaking staging - which involves all the cast acting on roller skates - already having attracted over 13 million spectators. Audiences leave the theatre with a smile on their face, having enjoyed an unforgettable musical experience no other city in Germany can offer them.

Success stories from a city that has transformed itself into a cultural metropolis. Through the internationally acclaimed Ruhrtriennale arts festival, we see Bochum's transformation over the years as a fascinating and accessible journey. Former pits and industrial areas have been converted into spectacular venues for musical, theatrical, literature and dance events. Visit the Century Hall Bochum and bear witness to how this one-time gas power station, owned by a steel company, is enjoying a new lease of life thanks to the thrilling productions it now hosts.

As summer beckons, music fans can look forward to attractions such as Tent Festival Ruhr and Bochum Total, which ranks as one of the largest events of its type in Europe. Each year, hundreds of thousands of visitors flock to the city for Bochum Total, transforming the Bermuda Triangle district into an open-air stage. Year after year, the acts appearing offer a taster of what's to come, with current stars such as Wir sind Helden, Reamonn, Seeed and Silbermond all having played early on in their careers at the festival.


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