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Kulturzentrum Bahnhof Langendreer/ Zwischenfall


Bottom pub, top disco

The district of Bochum-Langendreer is pretty bleak. That’s exactly why it’s a place for everything crazy and experimental. For example, in the Bahnhof Langendreer culture centre, which as a socio-cultural centre links culture with social political subjects, and which has offered live music, political cabaret, cinema, readings, comedy and small-scale art as well as parties for over 30 years. Integration activities, an open attitude towards gays and lesbians and a self-administrating structure make the centre stand out. One S-Bahn (overground train) station away, you’ll find a building site where a student residence is being built. Until 2011, this was the site of the Zwischenfall. From the time it opened in the mid-1980s, this unusual venue - bar downstairs, disco upstairs, a staircase for sitting on and everything permanently plunged in darkness - became the most important meeting point for the “black scene”. Parts of the underground film “Kinder der Nacht” (“Children of the Night”) were filmed here, and fetish and BDSM parties were also well known, which were surprisingly compatible with the dark music of the Gothic Dark Wave and Goth scene. Thanks in part to the Zwischenfall as a meeting point for the scene, these sub-cultures developed particularly strongly in the Ruhr region. If you keep your eyes open, you can relive the spirit of this cult place for Goths with “Zwischenfall revival parties” held every so often in the Bahnhof Langendreer culture centre.

Further information
Wallbaumweg 108, 44894 Bochum
www.bahnhof-langendreer.de

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