The Gasteig is Europe’s largest and most successful arts centre with more than 1.8 million visitors annually. The venue owes its name to its location: on the »gachen Steig« (steep track), near Munich’s centre and visible from far and wide above the banks of the river Isar. It is a meeting place for artists and audiences, teachers and students, novices and experts, avid readers and bookworms.
Since it opened its doors in 1985, the Gasteig has grown into a hub of culture and creativity that is truly unique in Europe. It is also the home of a number of Munich’s renowned cultural and educational institutions: the Munich Philharmonic, the Münchner Volkshochschule (Munich Community College), the Munich City Library under the auspices of the city’s Department of Arts and Culture, and the University of Music and Performing Arts (HMTM).
Year on year, more than 1800 events take place in the Gasteig, from concerts, plays and film screenings to readings, lectures, performances and shows: The arts centre on the banks of the Isar, with its five halls and expansive foyer spaces, offers the ideal space for every format. Five large event halls with a total floor area of around 80,000 square metres holds up to 3500 visitors. Every day the Gasteig attracts more than 6000 visitors.
Cosmopolitan and close to the public
The city council designed the Gasteig to be an open and transparent house. It quickly developed into a sophisticated and lively cultural forum. Being close to the public and cosmopolitan at the same time is the Gasteig's daily routine.
A broad programme
By combining public and private initiatives, the facility offers a colourful and broad programme month after month. From grand musical events of international proportions to cultural events with a regional character to many small events, this diversity embodies the life and experience of the Gasteig.
As an internationally renowned body of sound, the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra (Homepage) presents a wide and top-class range of classical concerts at its home base in the Gasteig.
Concerts performed by the students of the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich (Homepage) regularly delight their audience. In particular, the free midday, after work and studio concerts in the Kleiner Konzertsaal (Small Concert Hall) are very popular.
The Münchner Volkshochschule (Homepage) provides a comprehensive and diverse programme. Along with the numerous courses, the MVHS organises exhibitions, art installations, music lectures and concerts, performing arts and contemporary theatre.
The programme of the Münchner Stadtbibliothek (Homepage) does not only offer readings and lectures. For interested persons, it also provides exhibitions about the life and work of authors as well as topical or country-orientated film series.
Various other event organisers
Along with the resident institutions of the Gasteig, many other event organisers enrich the offers of the Gasteig with their ideas and concepts. The Bayerische Rundfunk (Bavarian Broadcasting) private concert directors and tour organisers, foreign cultural institutions and associations or the »independent scene« – they all contribute to the daily event programme.
The Gasteig gathers renowned educational institutions for all generations under one roof.
Courses and much more
Visitors of the Münchner Volkshochschule (Munich Adult Education Centre) can, for example, use the modern teaching and working spaces as part of the proven course programme; the small and large halls provide space for lectures, conversations and panel discussions with well-known speakers on current affairs.
More than one million media items
The Münchner Stadtbibliothek (Munich City Library), on the other hand, meets its purpose as a general studies and education library with more than a million books, magazines, musical notes and visual and audio carriers. Readings and lectures provide the setting to bring European and non-European literature to an interested audience. In addition, interested persons can discover all kinds of media, such as comics, DVDs and board games in the children's and youth library.
Music is in the air
The students of the University of Music and Performing Arts can book all kinds of courses to become professional musicians and music teachers.
With the motto »Surrounded by Culture«, the Gasteig presents itself as a suitable space for all kinds of conventions and conferences. The ambience of a world-known concert hall combined with artistic professionalism and technical expertise meet curiosity and a hunger for education.
A setting with flair
The Gasteig is a place with unmistakable flair and offers a sophisticated as well as lively setting. Kick-off events, product presentations, sales conventions, company anniversaries or annual general meetings – the Gasteig venues are suitable for all kinds of events.
- the space on offer includes five halls of various sizes, different equipment and atmosphere that can be adapted to the specific requests of the host,
- event technology, which will meet the highest expectations,
- the gastronomical service of a renowned Munich catering company,
- the possibility of a supporting programme with flair,
- the central location,
- first class hotels in the immediate neighbourhood.
Preferred by large event organisers
Large event organisers, in particular, appreciate the advantages of the Gasteig. Evidence for this are events such as the World Pharmacy Convention, the German Lawyers Convention, the Central European Anaesthesiologist Conference or the general meetings of companies such as BMW and the HypoVereinsbank.