The sixth-largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia is inhabited by scarce 380,000 people. The cityscape relates ancient and recent architecture with the traditions and history of Bochum as it is recorded in the large book inventory of the Ruhr University’s House for the History of the Ruhr. In Bochum many links can be found between the cultural and creative industrial advancement of the city. The combination of independent developing areas and a pre-existing multiplicity of cultural facilities, catering, as well as already established creative industries offer interesting perspectives.

 

  • City of Bochum

    The sixth-largest city in North Rhine-Westphalia is inhabited by scarce 380,000 people. The cityscape relates ancient and recent architecture with the traditions and history of Bochum as it is recorded in the large book inventory of the Ruhr University’s House for the History of the Ruhr. In Bochum many links can be found between the cultural and creative industrial advancement of the city. The combination of independent developing areas and a pre-existing multiplicity of cultural facilities, catering, as well as already established creative industries offer interesting perspectives.

    Against this background, concrete potential space opens up to creative industries in the western central district around the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum and particularly in the Victoria.Quarter with the development area City-Tor-Süd on the compound of the former station Katholikentagsbahnhof.

    Promising building potential for a close connection of creative industries exists in form of the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum (steam-blower hall, pump house and turbine hall), the cathedral Marienkirche and the neighbouring “Landesbehördenhaus”, the parking deck P8 in the Bermuda3eck (local pub district) and the former hotel Eden. Infrastructural potential is offered by the adjacent living quarters close to the city centre as Griesenbruch.

    The development of Bochum towards a cultural location, which has already been equipped with a supraregional mass appeal by established art centres such as the theatre “Schauspielhaus” or the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, is significantly characterised by an expanding cabaret scene, as well. Thus, an ideal breeding ground is given for a further development focusing on theatre (including scientific training and research), as well as music resulting in a remarkable centre and point of attraction in the midst of the Ruhr area.

     

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  • Creative.Quarter Prinz.Regent

    Quintessentially Ruhr region?!

    Shaft installation and pit Prinz Regent once was the largest employer in the Weitmar Mark in Bochum, shaping the urban landscape with its mining colonies. Its secluded location in the middle between Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB) and the city centre posed a downright invitation for musical conquest – an offer that club and concert promoter “Zeche” did not only take up first, it was also in charge, garnering national cult status in the process: Here, the WDR broadcasting corporation recorded its “Rockpalast” programme a number of times, and several musical stars were invited to take their first tentative steps here. In the wake of the “Zeche”, other music business stakeholders also appeared. The fact that the Bochum Symphony Orchestra holds its rehearsals here is not only due to the lack of alternative spaces but also because it is an inspiring source of a cooperation that regularly leads to daring crossover acts. This is also a good learning space for the students of the Institute for Popular Music, which has been located here since 2014.

    The performing arts moved in with the Prinzregenttheater, growing in the recent past, because the Ruhr University Bochum’s Scenic Research degree course as well as the acting faculty of the Folkwang University of the Arts started showing presence here. These activities gain a whole new perspective on the background of current commitment shown by the Pottporus makers: In a unique joint venture, an extraordinary, new “Zentrum für Urbane Kunst” (“Urban Art Centre”) will be installed on the premises.

  • Viktoria.Quarter

    Urban and vibrant

    The Viktoria.Quarter stretches from the Theatre Bochum and the hip Ehrenfeld neighbourhood, crosses the already legendary Bermuda Triangle until almost reaching the Jahrhunderthalle – as sprawling as it is urbane, pulsating and constantly changing. Change is visible, especially in the quarter’s heart. Restoration of the Rotunde and the construction of the Anneliese Brost Musikforum Ruhr concern two buildings and platforms that are delivering important cues for the orientation towards culture and creative industries: The former main station’s architectural nucleus, following its take-over by Bochum’s strong independent scene, developed into an urban laboratory. The mixture of urban makers and subcultural stakeholders sparked fireworks of ideas that took shape in public space in the form of art formats and actions that also fed Ehrenfeld’s creative conquest. The new music forum’s foyer is also a remnant of times gone by. Profaned former Catholic Marienkirche (Church of St. Mary), following plans for a demolition and an interim use as rehearsal space for the URBANATIX street artists, forms the central element and will remain a multifunctional space for future special events, providing unique experience.

    Emergence and change rub shoulders in the Viktoria.Quarter. While southern Ehrenfeld has ubiquitous encounters with creativity and lifestyle, the artists and creatives in the northern part, the Griesenbruch, tread rather more hidden paths. Here, it is legitimate to speak of a real tour of discovery, leading into hidden backyards, luring people towards arched railway underpasses or inviting them to garage art, tackling questions on the future behind the modest walls of a residential building’s face.