The Ruhrtriennale was created out of the desire to revitalise disused industrial buildings and introduce new life with diverse art and culture. Commencing originally 2002, the relatively young international festival of art in the Ruhr region has taken place in cycles of three years.
Performance, dance, opera, theatre, concert, art by national and international performers
It is characterised by its distinctive mix of genres. Performance, dance, opera, theatre, concerts, literature, art and discussions are held in several locations in the Ruhr Metropolis such as Essen, Bochum and Duisburg. Venues include the Zollverein and the Jahrhunderthalle.
A distinguishing feature of the festival concept is to combine different art forms, coupling them with industrial culture. The Triennale has become one of the most outstanding festivals throughout Europe.