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»"This festival is not only a journey into an exciting culture, but also a
at the same time an examination of the Ruhrarea and one's own homeland."«

With NEW COLOURS, a new national and international top-class and musically diverse music festival will be launched in Gelsenkirchen in 2022. We invite you to an exclusive city trip to the "poorest city" in Germany.

YOU DON'T NO IT? but love to discover new places? You love the rough charm of the Ruhr area and when unheard sounds transform a place and light installations create new perspectives? Then the NEW COLOURS FESTIVAL is the right place for you. The program combines music and sound variations full of energy, emotions and virtuosity. Whether jazz, blues, new classical music or pop - in everything, creativity and openness to new things are in the foreground. In 13 events, established artists as well as fascinating new discoveries and insider tips will make the city sound new.

In 2022, the festival will take place in and at eight special locations spread throughout the city. Among them is the former Nordstern colliery winding tower (Nordsternturm), in whose machine hall at a height of 60 meters

height one Concept will take place, Schloss Horst, which is considered the most important Renaissance castle in Westphalia, the Heilig Kreuz Church in the creative quarter Ückendorf, which has been converted into a first-class event space, the Stadt.Bau.Raum, a gem of industrial culture, which was converted into an event venue as part of the International Building Exhibition (IBA) on the initiative of the Association of German Architects (BDA), teh Wissenschaftpark, an artist Studio and even a farm.

Festival visitors will not only be able to attend exciting concerts, however, but also have the opportunity to discover other exciting "secret" locations. The timing of the individual concerts will allow festival visitors to attend all concerts.

»This festival, precisely because of its specificity, contributes to the cultural and intellectual diversity of the region and thus to the development of its culture of innovation.« (Prof. Dr. Franz Lehner)

»The festival promises to be a cultural highlight and a great enrichment for Gelsenkirchen.« (Anne Heselhaus, Kulturdezernentin)