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Folkwang Universität


A fusion of the arts

The Folkwang University is the central place for artistic training in music, theatre, dance, design and academic studies. In line with the Folkwang idea of the cross-disciplinary interaction of the arts, a plurality of different art forms and disciplines have been united under one roof here since 1927. Folkwangers from the photography, communication design and industrial design programs have been re-included as of 2007. Today there are Folkwang locations in Essen, Duisburg, Bochum and Dortmund.


Folkwang as a brand name

The “Folkwang School of Music, Dance and Speech” was founded in 1927; in 1928 the name of the pre-existing Essen School of Trades and Applied Arts was changed to “Folkwang School of Design”. For more than 80 years the name Folkwang has stood for outstanding artistic teaching, learning and production – and it has long since become a cultural brand name, far beyond national borders.


New ideas every day

Despite our advanced age we feel younger and livelier than ever. That’s due partly to our about 1400 students from almost every country in the world, and partly to the more than 300 public events we hold each year – always realised in a fresh and new way on our own six in-house stages or together with cultural institutions and partners around the region. But it must also be due in part to the constant process of evaluation and the modularisation of our course range: the most recent idea to emerge was (for example) the Folkwang LABs, which have been giving interdisciplinary Folkwang projects a definitive new form as of the 08/09 winter semester.


A wonderful place with wonderful people

Last but not least, the Folkwang University is special on account of its unique historic buildings and the many special people who have always been – and still are – here: Pina Bausch (dancer and choreographer), Armin Rohde and Caroline Eichhorn (actors), Frank Peter Zimmermann (violinist), Lothar Zagrosek (conductor), Hagen Rether (cabaret artist), Timm Rautert (photographer) to name just a few, did their study at the Folkwang. A whole array of important cultural, scholarly and creative pathways has been forged here. And every single day new highlights are being reached – in terms of aesthetics, content and setting cultural directions for the whole region and the international scene.


source: http://www.folkwang-uni.de/en/home/hochschule/about-folkwang




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>> Directions

Folkwang Universität der Künste
Klemensborn 39
45239 Essen (Werden)


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By car:

When coming from Düsseldorf on the A52, get off at Exit 27 (Essen Haarzopf) and then make a right onto Hatzper Str. Keep driving until you reach the junction Zeunerstr. (B224). But right before it make another right (turning-off lane) and keep on driving on the road, going down the hill, until you reach Essen-Werden.


Go over the bridge and follow the sign indicating the Folkwang University of the Arts and then make a right. There are several car-parks around the campus. The largest one is located behind the university. To go there, do not make a right but keep on going past the university. There are signposts indicating its location.


When coming from Cologne on the A59, drive to the junction of Leverkusen. Then turn onto the A3 and drive until the junction of Breitschild. From there, continue on the A52 as described above.


When coming from Dortmund on the A40 in the direction of Bochum/Essen, drive until the A triangle of Essen-Ost. Then take the A52 in the direction of Düsseldorf until getting off at the Exit Essen Rüttenscheid. From there, go on the B224 in the direction of Solingen. Keep on going until you reach Essen-Werden and then go over the bridge and continue driving as described above.


When driving in Essen on the B224 in the direction of Solingen, keep driving straight until reaching Essen-Werden. Go over the bridge and follow the signs.



By public transport:


When coming from the south:

In the main train station of Düsseldorf switch to S-bahn 6. The travelling time to Essen-Werden is about 30 minutes.


From the main train station of Essen:

Take the S-bahn 6 until you reach Essen Werden. The travelling time is about 11 minutes.


From the airport of Düsseldorf:

Take the S-bahn line 11 (Bergisch Gladbach) to Düsseldorf-Derendorf. Switch to S-bahn 6 and take it to Essen Werden. The travelling time is about 45 minutes.


By foot from the S-bahn to Folkwang University of the Arts:

Go over the bridge, make a right on Bungertstr and then walk down this street. After about 5 minutes, you will reach the archway of the university.


There are taxis available directly in front of the train station.

Further information on www.folkwang-uni.de