Cultural and sporting excellence: The Highlights of 2019 in NRW

The Sauerland welcomes hikers for “Deutscher Wandertag”

Autor: Katharina Hogrebe

Anniversaries and special celebrations

NRW celebrates 100 years of Bauhaus
The Bauhaus art school was founded on 1 April 1919. Its 100th anniversary next year will also be honoured in style: North Rhine-Westphalia, in particular the Bauhaus centres of Hagen, Essen and Krefeld, will be celebrating this event with around 40 exhibitions, an International Dance Festival and other events and conferences under the motto “100 years of Bauhaus in the west”. The festival programme will include four exhibitions at the HeinrichNeuyBauhausMuseum in Steinfurt-Borghorst; these will be showing works by Heinrich Neuy and other Bauhaus students and teachers. Düsseldorf-based artist Thomas Schütte has designed a walk-in sculpture for Krefeld in special commemoration of this event; from April 2019, it will document more than 40 years of cooperation between Bauhaus and the textile industry.

Apart from the current exhibitions, NRW also offers excursions to interesting sights with connections to Bauhaus; many places have buildings of importance in terms of modern architecture.
www.bauhaus100-im-westen.de | soon: www.dein-nrw.de/bauhaus

200th birthday of Jacques Offenbach
In 2019, Cologne will be staging a major musical programme to commemorate the 200th birthday of one of the city’s most illustrious sons, composer Jacques Offenbach. The programme will include concerts, opera and operetta performances, exhibitions and discussions. The highlights will be the festival weeks from 9 to 26 June 2019 with operetta cinema for public viewing, street theatre, live music at Cologne’s Offenbach Platz, and musical picnics in castles and parks around the city. Melodies by Jacques Offenbach will be played in historical settings at seven castles in the Rhein-Erft-Kreis and Oberbergischer Kreis regions. These castles include Schloss Türnich, Schloss Loersfeld, the Kommandeursburg in Kerpen, Schloss Bedburg, Brauweiler Abbey, Haus Orr in Pulheim, and Schloss Paffendorf in Bergheim.

The composer, who was originally named Jakob Offenbach, is widely regarded as the inventor of operetta. He changed his name to Jacques after moving to Paris.
www.yeswecancan.koeln|  koelner-offenbach-gesellschaft.org

90 years of Gasometer Oberhausen – 25 years as an exhibition centre
In May 2019, it will be 90 years since the Gasometer in Oberhausen began operations as Europe’s highest disc-type gas holder. Moreover, in summer it will be 25 years since it opened its doors to visitors as Europe’s highest exhibition centre. Because of its immense popularity, the current exhibition “The Call of the Mountains” will be extended by another season and run until 27 October 2019.

20 years of the Industrial Heritage Trail
In 2019, the Industrial Heritage Trail (Route der Industriekultur) will be 20 years old. Around 400 kilometres in length, it tells the story of mining in the Ruhr district at 25 anchor points and many other attractions ranging from winding towers, slag heaps and furnaces to former mineworkers’ settlements. 30 different themed routes provide insights into individual aspects such as the villas owned by industrial magnates, nature in industrial regions, and “Bread, Grain and Beer”.

10 years of the Eifelsteig
The Eifelsteig will be ten years young in 2019. 313 kilometres in length, it has already become one of Germany’s most popular hiking trails. It leads from Aachen-Kornelimünster through the unusual scenery characteristic of the Eifel region to Trier, and a small celebration is being planned for its anniversary.

German Protestant Kirchentag Dortmund
Kirchentag (Church Day) will be celebrated with around 2,000 events to take place from 19 to 23 June 2019. The central church of St. Reinoldi, for example, will be transformed into a “miracle church” offering small surprises at all times of day. The welcome festival will offer programmes on ten stages in the inner city. Events will be organised by 40 churches and community centres as well as by theatres and DASA. Around 100,000 visitors are expected to attend the closing religious service at the Westfalenpark and the Signal Iduna Park soccer stadium.


Sporting events for spectators and participants

Handball World Championship, Cologne
In January, Cologne will be one of the hosts of the IHF Men’s World Championship, which will be taking place in Germany and Denmark. The main round and the President’s Cup will be held in the Lanxess Arena in Cologne from 19 to 23 January 2019. The German national handball team will be taking part in the preliminaries in Berlin and relocating to Cologne if they qualify.

World Cups in winter sports, Winterberg
The bobsleigh track in Winterberg, the world’s fourth oldest ice track, will be hosting world championships in bobsleigh, luge and skeleton. Bobsleigh teams will be contesting the European Championships from 1 to 6 January 2019, while the World Luge Championships will be held in the ice channel from 21 to 27 January. Top international raceboarders will be chasing the title at the FIS Snowboard World Cup at the Ferienwelt Winterberg resort from 23 to 24 March 2019.

The world’s best ski jumpers meet every year in nearby Willingen to compete on the Mühlenkopfschanze. In the coming season, the ski jump will be the centre of attention for all fans of this spectacular winter sport from 15 to 17 February 2019.
www.veltins-eisarena.de |www.snowboard-winterberg.de | www.weltcup-willingen.de

119th Deutscher Wandertag, Sauerland
Participants in the 119th Deutscher Wandertag (“German Hiking Day”) will have the opportunity to experience the diversity of the Sauerland in Schmallenberg and Winterberg: from 3 to 8 July 2019, there will not only be a detailed hiking programme but also mountain bike and Segway tours and day or half-day bus excursions to explore the surrounding areas. Moreover, there will be a tour guide service going by the name “Rent a Guide” that will offer guided tours tailored to individual requirements.

Ruhr Games 19
The Ruhr district will be hosting Europe’s biggest sports festival for young people for the third time. From 20 to 23 June 2019, there will be a varied programme of sporting competitions, workshops, shows and music at the Landscape Park Duisburg Nord. With the German climbing championships and the European Championships in street skateboarding, the programme of events will be of a higher calibre than ever before. There will also be international invitation tournaments, for example in handball, canoe polo, wrestling and water polo. The Ruhr Games will open and close with concerts by renowned artists.


Special exhibitions

Michael Jackson show, Bonn
How did contemporary artists see Michael Jackson? From 22 March to 14 July 2019, the very different answers to this question will be presented at the Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn. The “Michael Jackson. On the Wall” show will present the King of Pop’s influence on some of the leading figures in contemporary art. It will show works by over 40 artists from public and private collections from all over the world, including items created especially for the exhibition.

Conspiracy theories – past and present in Kloster Dalheim monastery
What forces are actually guiding us? Isn’t everything very different to what it seems? Is someone trying to deceive us? These and similar questions engender conspiracy theories that have been around far longer than the invention of “alternative facts”. From 18 May 2019 to 22 March 2020, visitors to Kloster Dalheim monastery will have the chance to explore the creation, function, impact and dissemination of these myths and half-truths. This next major special exhibition at the LWL state museum for monastery culture in Lichtenau sheds light on supposedly exclusive circles, secret knowledge and covert machinations over an area of 1,200 square meters.

The Margarethenhöhe artists’ colony, Essen
2019 will mark the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the so-called Kleines Atelierhaus (“small studio house”) on the Margarethenhöhe in Essen which Margarethe Krupp, founder of the garden city, had built for artist Hermann Kätelhön. This became the nucleus of a community of artists that settled on the Margarethenhöhe over the years that followed. Featuring more than 600 exhibits, the exhibition from 15 April 2019 to 5 January 2020 will illustrate the artists’ involvement in the cultural revolution that took place in the industrial quarter during the 1920s and describe the construction of the colony, the communal life of the artists and the impact of the colony on the west of Germany.

William Turner: Landscapes, Münster
Works by William Turner (1775-1851), probably Britain’s most important Romantic landscape painter, are to be exhibited in Germany for the first time in two decades. From 8 November 2019 to 26 January 2020, the exhibition “Turner” at the LWL Museum of Art and Culture in Münster will be focusing on Turner’s journeys to Switzerland and Italy, which inspired him to create his atmospheric landscapes. The exhibition will be held in cooperation with the Tate Britain gallery in London; most of the works on display are taken from the Tate’s Turner estate.



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