Off to the South! Seven Reasons to Look Forward to Gasteig Sendling
The full programme
Although only a temporary location, Sendling will have everything that makes the Gasteig a special place: the Munich City Library, the Münchner Volkshochschule adult education centre, the University of Music and Performing Arts and the Munich Philharmonic orchestra. And coinciding with the move to Sendling, the Munich Chamber Orchestra will join the Gasteig family. What remains unchanged, of course, is the wide range of cultural events and operators. Culture and education from A to Z, music, theatre, dance, films, exhibitions, courses, books, media and much more. Food and drink will also, of course, be available – in the foyer, the restaurant and al fresco on the large terrace with is view of the Isar canal.
Gasteig Sendling is quick and easy to reach: Taking the underground from Marienplatz, Brudermühlstraße is just a seven-minute ride on the U3. From there, it’s another five minutes’ walk. The bus stops directly in front of the entrance. If you come by car, there’s a car park near Mittlerer Ring at the flower wholesale market (Blumengroßmarkt) next door, with a shuttle service directly to the Gasteig. Even better: You can cycle along the Isar river and park your bike in one of the 200 bicycle parking spaces directly at Gasteig Sendling.
Even now, the quarter is bursting with energy. Owned by the Stadtwerke energy utility, it is already home to artists and creatives, start-ups and craftspeople. The Gasteig brings even more variety into the mix: Rubbing shoulders with a carpenter’s, a yoga studio, a tyre dealership, an architect’s office and artists’ studios, there will be a new philharmonic hall, a modern library, two new buildings for the Volkshochschule and the University of Music and Performing Arts as well as other event locations. Exciting times lie ahead for arts and culture in Munich!
One hall for all
Read, study and enjoy a coffee in a 100-year-old former power transformer warehouse! Built in the 1920s, Hall E – the heart of Gasteig Sendling – has been renovated from the ground up, taking care to retain its unique industrial flair. With its brick exterior, it is spacious and bright inside, not least thanks to its large glass roof. Even the old industrial crane is still suspended under the ceiling. In addition to the striking entrance to the new concert hall, Hall E will house several functions: On the ground floor, there will be a buzzing foyer complete with reading café, bar, information and ticket desk as well as a cinema. On the upper floors, the Munich City Library’s open library will host open events and labs until late in the evening. The Volkshochschule adult education centre will have exhibition spaces and a goldsmith’s studio and will host the Open Academy’s debating programme.
A top-notch philharmonic hall
Munich’s most modern auditorium is currently being created on the Sendling site: a philharmonic hall with 1800 seats, built entirely of wood and almost mystically dark inside. And with first-rate acoustics, of course, courtesy of international star acoustician Yasuhisa Toyota, who was also involved in the construction of Hamburg’s Elbphilharmonie and the Philharmonie de Paris. You can look forward to experiencing the acoustics in person in the autumn of 2021 at the opening concert of the Munich Philharmonic.
Surprises aplenty await
It is often the unexpected moments that ingrain themselves in our memory. Gasteig Sendling offers plenty of opportunities for such surprises. While the collaborations with the creatives already on site will foster creativity, the Gasteig’s institutes and event organisers are also venturing into new territory at Gasteig Sendling – in every respect. Experimentation will be the order of the day. Vibrant, creative, different is how Gasteig Sendling strives to be. To this end, it will boast three further event halls for 100 to 250 spectators as well as an open-air space in addition to the concert hall.
The new cultural quarter in the south
The southern part of Munich’s city centre has long ceased to be an insider tip. Sendling and the adjacent Schlachthofviertel are filled with buzz wherever you look. While established locations like the Wirtshaus im Schlachthof have reached cult status, newer ones such as the »Bahnwärter Thiel« club and the »Alte Utting« excursion steamboat perched on the old railway bridge are not far behind. In autumn 2021, the Volkstheater will inaugurate its newly built auditorium on the former Viehhof site – almost at the same time as Gasteig Sendling will open its doors.
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