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Zeche Bochum, © Jule Körber

Zeche Bo­chum/ Prin­zre­genttheat­er/ Folk­wang In­sti­tut für Pop­uläre Mu­sik


Hid­den cul­tur­al para­dise

Areal on the Prinz-Re­gent-Strasse is a hid­den cul­tur­al para­dise that is dif­fi­cult to reach with a bus that only goes there rarely. Here, you can vis­it the ex­cit­ing ?Prin­zre­genttheat­er? fringe theatre. Here, the elec­tron­ics spe­cial­ist Hans Nieswandt runs the ?Folk­wang In­sti­tut für Pop­uläre Mu­sik? as a state-fun­ded in­sti­tu­tion, which en­ables stu­dents to find their way in­to the mu­sic in­dustry. And fi­nally, this is where you?ll find the Zeche Bo­chum col­li­ery. Opened in 1981 in the former metal­work­ing shop of the Zeche Prinz Re­gent col­li­ery, it be­came an event centre for con­certs and parties, and a pro­to­type for the trans­form­a­tion of former in­dus­tri­al build­ings in­to cul­tur­al centres. Ini­tially, sub­cul­ture un­der­ground bands per­formed here. Since the loc­a­tion needs to sup­port it­self fin­an­cially, how­ever, it has opened up to the main­stream. From the mid-1980s, the small hall, with space for just 1,000 guests, be­came an ex­cit­ing live club. With the WDR ra­dio sta­tion re­cord­ing con­certs here for its Rock­palast pro­gramme, unique bands and artists ap­peared, in­clud­ing Echo & The Bunny­men, R.E.M., Tina Turn­er, Chris Rea and Simply Red, to name just a few, as well as al­most all the Ger­man-lan­guage greats. Today, the pro­gramme is still as broad as it can pos­sibly be. Can­ni­bal Corpse ap­pear here, as do Kim Wilde and trib­ute bands that are of­ten well known bey­ond the re­gion.

Fur­ther In­form­a­tion
Prinz-Re­gent-Straße 50-60, 44795 Bo­chum
Zeche Bo­chum: www.zeche.net

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