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Panel discussion: "Freedom of Speech / Freiheit der Künste"

Press release   •   Jul 30, 2018 17:14 BST

Dear Sir or Madam,

please note the following information:

The Ruhrtriennale presents a panel discussion entitled FREEDOM OF SPEECH / FREIHEIT DER KÜNSTE in which artists, curators and politicians discuss the complex relationship that intellectual and artistic freedom have with individual and social responsibility in the context of German history. They will also consider the effectiveness and legitimacy of boycott strategies within the cultural sector.

Stefanie Carp, Artistic Director of the Ruhrtriennale,
Isabel Pfeiffer-Poensgen, Minister for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia,
Alain Platel, Belgian choreographer and theatre director,
Elliott Sharp, composer, multi-instrumentalist and performer from New York,
Michael Vesper, Chair of the Society of Friends and Supporters of the Ruhrtriennale,
The discussion will be chaired by: Norbert Lammert, former President of the German parliament (Bundestag)

18 August 2018, 3:00 pm
Turbinenhalle Bochum
(An der Jahrhunderthalle 1, 44793 Bochum)

Admission free. Telephone registration under: +49 221 280 210

If you would like to be accredited for the event, please send an email to: 

If you have any questions, please contact us at or by telephone: +49 234 974 834 20

With kind regards

Alexander Kruse
Press officer

Music, dance, theatre, performance and fine arts in the former industrial buildings of the Ruhr Area: that’s the Ruhrtriennale. The venues of the Ruhrtriennale are the region’s outstanding industrial monuments, transformed each year into spectacular sites for impressive arts productions. At the centre of all this are contemporary artists seeking a dialogue with industrial spaces and between the disciplines. World premieres and new works are the essence of the programme which makes visiting the Ruhrtriennale an incomparable event. Every season, festival productions from the Ruhr region go on tour around the world.

The artists and themes featured in the programme are chosen by Artistic Directors appointed in three year cycles. The Ruhrtriennale’s Artistic Director for the years 2018, 2019 and 2020 is the dramaturg and experienced theatre and festival director Stefanie Carp. The programme for 2018 will be announced at the end of April. This year the Ruhrtriennale takes place from 9th August to 23rd September.