Highlights stARTfestival 2022

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Startfestival 2022

Time for you and me, time for culture! The successful premiere of the stARTfestival tickled our senses again.

From April to June 2022, Bayer Kultur attracted the audience with great stage art: extraordinary events and venues, world premieres, top-class orchestras and young talents shaped this year's festival season of 24 events at the German Bayer locations in Leverkusen, Wuppertal, Berlin and Bitterfeld. Finally live again.

Highlights from the 2022 season

Vertigo Dance Company

On World Dance Day, the Israeli Vertigo Dance Company made a guest appearance in Bayer’s theatre Erholungshaus. With their production “One. One & One” they magically cast a spell over the audience. Photo: Bayer Arts & Culture


High culture with obstacles: within 24 hours the American Lauren Snouffer took over the soprano for Fatma Said, who was ill at short notice. At her side: countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński and the permanent orchestra in residence of Bayer Arts & Culture: l'arte del mondo. Photo: peuserdesign.de

Scala Allhoff Naidu

Pianist Tim Allhoff and high-flyer Alma Naidu treated the audience to a magnificent evening of jazz at the Leverkusen Scala, the home venue of the Leverkusen Jazz Days. Photo: Bayer Arts & Culture

Battle of Styles

Among the particularly innovative formats, the “Battle of Styles” stood out. That evening, the Erholungshaus was transformed into a large dance floor for everyone including a 360-degree stage. Photo: Bayer Arts & Culture

Budapest Festival Orchestra

The Budapest Festival Orchestra is one of the ten best orchestras in the world. At the concert evening in the historic town hall of Wuppertal, they delighted the audience together with the exceptional pianist Alexandre Kantorow. Photo: Bayer Arts & Culture

Philippe Kratz

Dancing in front of the altar: Philippe Kratz, who was born in Leverkusen, created a choreography for the Altenberg Cathedral in Odenthal just outside of Leverkusen especially for the festival. Photo: Bayer Arts & Culture

Lebensrausch und Totentänze

First at Konzerthaus Berlin, then at the stARTfestival at Erholungshaus. Nico and the Navigators, a music theater collective from Berlin, presented their play “Nobody dies in the middle of his life. Rush of Life and Dances of Death". Photo: Falk Wenzel


The family concert of the Bayer Philharmonic with Mendelssohn Bartholdy's "A Midsummer Night's Dream" made the Erholungshaus shine once more at the end. Photo: Bayer Arts & Culture

After the festival is before the festival

You can look forward to this: Bayer Arts & Culture is again planning a nationwide program with cultural highlights for spring 2023. More information will be announced in autumn.