Founded in 2021, ARTandTECH.space is a cooperative project of the Jugendkunstschule Rheine and the Projektlabor Berufskolleg Rheine. The place offers space for creative people and combines art and technology in an innovative way. In workshops, courses, projects and free work, technical, artistic and craft skills can be acquired and deepened. As a funded third venue, the ARTandTECH.space stands for encounter and exchange. For the first time this year, some exciting events in the field of film, manga and also the KlangKunst Festival have been added.
The Hawerkamp as a cultural location has written its own history for 25 years. Art exhibitions, concerts, club festivals, art courses, legendary crossover events, concerts in screwdriver workshops, theatre in the old factory hall B and the annual EdH festival attract thousands of visitors. Just as the Hawerkamp is a place of public life, it is also a place of work. More than 50 visual artists, as well as printers, tailors, bicycle and car mechanics, craftsmen, clubs and concert organisers, architects, caterers, socio-cultural associations, rehearsing bands and theatre groups are active on the site. The Hawerkamp site has been managed by the association “Der Hawerkamp 31 e.V.” since 2013.
Fresh jazz within old castle walls, rocking open-air concerts in the castle courtyard, museum festivals with crossover music for all generations: First-class concerts with international stars are the trademark of Vischering Castle, the most important and most beautiful ring-mantled castle in Westphalia. The defiant 13th-century fortress, which was also strongly influenced by the Renaissance, also houses a museum on its history. The uniquely idyllic landscape around the castle, criss-crossed by moats, becomes a venue for sound art. The castle is run by the culture department of the district of Coesfeld.
The cuba is a socio-cultural centre near Münster’s main railway station. Under the label cuba-cultur, an international music and art programme has been organised since 1987, introducing a variety of artists to the region for the first time. The programme includes concerts with style-making musicians from the fields of new music, jazz, improvised music, electronic and experimental music as well as sound installations (1st festival in 1989), performances and larger cross-genre projects. The cuba cooperates with Hawerkamp 31 e.V., which runs the Hawerkamp exhibition site.
The former Cistercian convent is a historical site with a new context of use. Since 2004, an interdisciplinary programme has been offered here at the interface between art and communication. The KunstKommunikation project scholarship, exhibitions of contemporary art, light, sound and media art as well as idea workshops invite visitors to think, participate and experience. With guest artists, the scholarship programme and open art projects, the DA offers an experience-oriented approach to art education. DA means art – not as an ornamental accessory, but as research, play and critical discourse in a social context.
Starting from the Heimathaus, the former “Kittken“ at the old cemetery, further buildings from the surrounding area have been rebuilt here in the course of the last years in the middle of the village and adjacent to a small park area. Around a picturesque inner courtyard, an ensemble of buildings and gardens has been created, which not only preserves the history, but also allows for new uses. Festivals and events, conferences, weddings, exhibitions and the entire club life of the local history society take place here. The ensemble consists of a home, a bakehouse, a granary, a barn, a clog maker’s workshop, a coach house, a courtyard and a farm garden. The Heimatverein is also in charge of Altenberge’s historic ice cellar, which was converted into a museum and event venue as part of the Regionale 2004 and also looks back on a long tradition as the venue for the SOUNDSEEING sound festival.
The former Haus Nottbeck manor was first mentioned in a document in 1366. After extensive conversion and renovation measures, the Haus Nottbeck cultural estate was created, the core of which is the Museum of Westphalian Literature, which opened in 2001. Here, Westphalian literature is turned into a special experience through concepts such as multimedia, installations, listening stations, hands-on activities and much more. The main house and the former farm buildings have been transformed into a complex that offers a wide range of possibilities for cultural events: the annual Nottbeck book market, readings, theatre and concert events, workshops, festivals or educational programmes for school classes reflect the range of offers.
From the first day of its founding in 1998 until today, the Kunstverein Münsterland has been sustained by civic commitment, voluntary work and enthusiasm for contemporary art. It dedicates itself to tasks that can be summarised under the aspects of the exhibition, promotion and mediation of current positions in contemporary art. In four to six exhibitions per year, the Kunstverein Münsterland supports and promotes in particular freelance contemporary artists. The area of art education has been continuously expanded in recent years. A separate children’s and youth programme enables a lasting bond between the young cultural audience and the Kunstverein Münsterland.
The Landesmusikakademie Nordrhein-Westfalen (North Rhine-Westphalia State Music Academy) is an organiser of further and advanced training courses and an educational institution with guest rooms and full board as well as a concert and rehearsal venue. It manages eight buildings spread over the Landesburg zu Nienborg and the town of Heek-Nienborg. The centre of its work is the barrier-free music centre, which houses the large concert hall. The Landesburg zu Nienborg was built in 1198 by Prince-Bishop Hermann II zu Katzenelnbogen, and the Academy uses one of three preserved historic houses for courses and events. This so-called Lange Haus was built in 1554. The public sound garden, which houses the permanent sound objects from SOUNDSEEING V, belongs to this building.
At the University of Music Münster, around 500 students study in artistic and artistic-pedagogical programmes from the Bachelor’s degree to the concert exam or artistic doctorate. Creative cooperation, understanding for each other and learning from each other characterise the family atmosphere at the conservatoire, which has an excellent concert hall in a central location in Münster.