Art and Culture

Hessen has a great deal of culture to offer and has a rich cultural heritage: palaces, gardens, and natural sites in addition to state theatres, museums, libraries, and archives. Hessen attaches great importance to the upkeep and maintenance of this heritage.

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World Heritage site Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe.
World Heritage site Bergpark Wilhelmshöhe.
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Through its Cultural Investment Programme, Hessen supports the renovation and promotion of these sites. Yet, it is equally important to support future projects and to facilitate experiments and innovation. The state therefore promotes the documenta, a world-wide art exhibition held every five years in Kassel. In 2017 visitors from all over the world will again meet at the documenta. Throughout Hessen nearly every field of the arts has its own cultural events, exhibitions, and festivals.

The Ministry of the Arts supports numerous independent cultural initiatives, organisations, and associations as well as artists from all fields including music, literature, theatre and dance, cinema and the new media, graphic art, and exhibitions. International cultural projects aim to further relations with our European partner regions.

The diversity of Hessen’s cultural and arts scene is well worth experiencing. Why not pay a visit?