Ruhr Festival

Ruhr Festival

May-June
Germany's Ruhr Valley is known as a coal-mining and industrial center, and the annual cultural festival celebrated in Recklinghausen continues to reflect the needs and issues of the area. The festival grew out of an informal arrangement in 1946 between the artists of the Hamburg State Opera and the people of the mining town of Recklinghausen. In return for desperately needed coal to keep their theater's heating system from freezing, performers from Hamburg would go to Recklinghausen to perform their plays and operas. A new theater was built there in 1965 with the motto, "Coal I Gave for Art—Art I Gave for Coal."
The vast majority of the people who attend the festival's theater productions, concerts, and exhibitions are industrial workers, and the local trade unions lend their financial support. Events at the Ruhr Festival often address an economic or industrial theme, and there are scientific and political seminars covering new technological developments and their implications for working people.
CONTACTS:
Nordrhein-Westfalen Tourismus e.V.
Worringer St. 22
Cologne, D-50668 Germany
49-221-179-45-0; fax: 49-221-179-45-17
www.nrw-tourism.com
SOURCES:
IntlThFolk-1979, p. 148
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