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While the creative scene in the Ruhr Metropolis is vibrant, a truly open underground or off-movement as found in other capital cities is lacking. Funding tends to be channelled to more established cultural institutions and organisations. Photo: © Ringlokschuppen Ruhr.

That said, expats who enjoy contemporary dance performances can fulfil their desire. The Ringlokschuppen in Mülheim, for instance, breaks the mould, offering a wide variety of creative options. Vibrant stage performances can also be found at MIR in Gelsenkirchen.


Expats who enjoy the vibrant energy of creative melting pots will be overjoyed to discover Ringlokschuppen Ruhr. The centre is renowned for its experimental attitude to various genres that include contemporary dance.

Located in a former railway roundhouse in Mülheim, an international character attracts enthusiastic audiences from near and far to its flexible spaces and incredible performances.

Am Schloss Broich 38
45479 Mülheim an der Ruhr
+49 208 993 160


The Musiktheater im Revier, MiR, is based in Gelsenkirchen and considered one of the outstanding operas. Works include classical repertoire, operetta and experimental formats.

MIR has also built a repertoire with strong international artistic personalities and a special focus on contemporary dance. The dance company has its finger on the pulse of the times, possessing also a new expressive body language.

45881 Gelsenkirchen
+49 209 409 70

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