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Piano festival in Ruhr Metropolis

May 24 - July 16 2024

Piano in nature

The Ruhr Piano Festival is considered by some to be the most important worldwide. Some sixty to seventy concerts and recitals can be experienced over several weeks every year. This truly unique event attracts famous and renowned masters from many nations across the globe.

The festival’s concept for diversity is revealed in the variety of music that includes classical and jazz. Newcomers and young artists are also invited to perform as part of the long-term strategy to promote talented individuals. Furthermore, contemporary composers are commissioned to write new works again and again.

One further aspect of the festival concerns attracting children to the piano. This commences at the age of two, continues throughout school ages and integrates diverse social backgrounds.

The desire to create enthusiastic audiences has resulted in some sixty thousand visitors annually. Originally brought into being by the Initiativkreis Ruhr, this is another example of people and places across the region working together.

Story Vincent Green, Jan 2 2022

Stiftung Klavier-Festival Ruhr

Brunnenstrasse 8
45128 Essen

+49 201 896 680

Subway station


The public transport system in Ruhr is extensive, safe and normally efficient. A dense network of trams above and below ground as well as buses serve the cities and suburbs. Links via the local and S-Bahn train systems interconnect many neighbouring communities.

Beautiful dog's head


Germans, on the whole, love and respect pets and are friendly towards dogs. Dogs are permitted on public transport and inside restaurants but keeping a pet on a leash is a must. Dog ownership in the Ruhr Metropolis is highly regulated, while the national is populace is, in general, very dog friendly.

Socialising in the Ruhr

Staying in touch and getting together with others living in a similar situation can be important. Expat groups in social media are highly valuable sources for connecting. Socialising in the Ruhr Metropolis can include events, international clubs or heading for a popular spot to meet international residents.