Everything Can and Must!


This year, Bayer Arts & Culture opened a new chapter in the 100-year history of the company's own arts and culture sponsorship. With the first stARTfestival, Bayer Arts & Culture presented an exciting program of cross-genre events for adults and children. The festival was held not only in Leverkusen, but also in venues at Bayer's sites in Wuppertal, Berlin and Bitterfeld.
However, the global corona pandemic necessitated a modified festival design. We were able to offer individual events via livestream, other concerts were recorded by the radio station for later broadcast, and other performances could be used by the artists for a video production. After these exciting weeks, the Bayer Arts & Culture team is now turning its attention to planning for the stARTfestival 2022, which will take place next spring. As of Friday, October 29, 2021, you will find the new program and further information here.



© Christoph Seidler
State of the art is a need, an attitude
and a commitment: everything can and must be done.

We start where others stop.
State of the art is not the goal, but only the first step.
How stupid then would it be to set limits for ourselves?

We want to overcome precisely these limits,
Seeing and promoting new things, taking different paths,
to obtain other results.
To give something back to people, to society.
Nothing for everyone, something for everyone.

Connecting instead of separating,
Experiment instead of everyday life,
Open instead of upside down,
Diversity instead of simplicity,
Movement instead of standstill.

Everything is possible.
Everything can and must.
Thomas Helfrich