25 years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, the creative and cultural economy in Germany is going from strength to strength. ‘Created in Germany’ has become a close complement to the world-famous ‘Made in Germany’ label. Painters, musicians, architects and artisans as well as international cultural events are all embracing the nation’s creative potential, which is evident wherever you go.
Fertile ground for creativity
The Leipzig Baumwollspinnerei
Formerly Europe’s biggest cotton mill, the Baumwollspinnerei was transformed at the start of the 21st century into a hub for exciting cultural projects and art movements. The Leipzig School, brought to world fame by the painter Neo Rauch, also has its roots here. The Baumwollspinnerei is a place of inspiration for all manner of art forms. It accommodates 100 art studios, eleven galleries and a number of workshops and is home to architects, designers, fashion designers, jewellery makers and an international centre for dance and choreography.
The ‘painter prince’ of Dresden
His creative powers made him the world’s most expensive living artist: Gerhard Richter. Works by the Dresden-born painter can be seen on Berlin’s UNESCO World Heritage Museum Island, among other places.
Berlin Fashion Week
Destination Germany is fast becoming a first-class fashion capital, with Berlin at its centre. The showcase event is Berlin Fashion Week, which is held twice a year together with Bread & Butter, its partner exhibition at the former Tempelhof airport.
Germany ’s Oscar: the ‘Golden Bear’
International blockbusters and experimental films: the Berlinale, more than any other film festival, celebrates not only glamorous star-studded cinema but also ambitious arthouse film-makers. Every February Berlin becomes the focal point of international cinema – presenting film premieres that get everybody talking.
The ZKM Centre for Art and Media in Karlsruhe is a cultural institution unlike any other. With the Museum of Con- temporary Art, Media Museum, Institute for Visual Media, Institute for Music and Acoustics and Institute for Media, Education and Economics all under one roof, this cultural complex offers plenty of opportunity for attending events, joining guided tours and visiting the public collections or media library.
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