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Recklinghausen: Ruhrfestspiele

Ruhrfestspiele is one of the oldest and at the same time largest and most renowned theatre festivals in Europe. The festival's history dates back to the end of the Second World War. Hamburg didn't have any fuel to heat its theatres. Mines in Recklinghausen and its surroundings offered help and supplied the Hanseatic town with coal. In turn, actors came to Recklinghausen and performed theatre plays. These performances developed their own momentum, and Ruhrfestspiele was born. Since then, theatre makers (today from all over the world) arrive in the northern Ruhr region every year, putting on modern theatre on the festival house’s stages.