Get out of everyday life and into the cultural life of Mannheim. There are 1,300 performances a year in the Mannheim National Theatre alone. Additionally you can discover around 30 museums and galleries, experience more than ten international festivals and enjoy thousands of cultural events. Mannheim's creative heart pulsates with life-giving energy.
The "city of squares" is a cultural metropolis that captivates poets and thinkers, artists and cultural enthusiasts from all over the world. Mannheim loves and lives for and from culture(s). Cosmopolitan, diverse, multicultural and always authentic - that's the best way to describe the people who live here and the culture of Mannheim itself. Whether theatre lover or techno fan, art connoisseur or friend of film, jazz connoisseur or adventurer - culture in Mannheim is as versatile as the people who live here. Visit the city's most popular place: Jungbusch. This trendy district is a playground for all young creative types. Don't miss the famous night-time stroll, a festival full of art and culture. If you prefer more classic artistic forms, you can experience paintings like Francis Bacon's "Screaming Pope" in one of the city's exhibitions or go on a museum expedition to the Stone Age - to name just a couple of highlights. Or get your dancing shoes warm at one of the Mannheim festivals, such as the Time Warp, the Maifeld Derby, Enjoy Jazz or the "Jetztmusikfestival".
What do the songs "80 million" and "No Roots" have in common? Sure, everyone knows them: they are chart hits and once they have entered your ear, they mostly get stuck there. But what many people don't know is that Max Giesinger and Alice Merton are part of Mannheim. Thanks to the freedom and support given to young people to take risks and try something new, as well as the intermeshing of the music business, startups and art, the city has succeeded in giving young musicians a stage. The "Popakademie Baden-Württemberg", the city commissioner for music and pop culture and the Musikpark (Germany's first start-up centre for the music industry) together form the "Mannheim model". This is unique in Germany and acts as a role model in many other places. So it's hardly surprising that Mannheim is a "UNESCO City of Music" - one of only eight worldwide.
Culture is as much part of Mannheim's character as the water tower in your holiday photo. Much of what makes up Mannheim and cultural life has its roots in the past. In 1720, Mannheim became the capital of the Electoral Palatinate. Not just science and commerce but also art and music were actively encouraged by the electoral court. Elector Karl Theodor laid the foundation stone for the city's National Theatre in 1758. Despite the capital moving to Munich, he determined that the theatre should remain in Mannheim as an important economic factor.
Thus Mannheim has been writing creative history for centuries and cultivating culture beyond what is merely superficially decorative. Experience has shown that progress and prosperity are closely linked to creative activity. Art, drama and music actively contribute to the further development of the city, making it only logical that Mannheim has proved a pioneer in its administrative structures. In 2007, the city brought together the areas of economy, work, social affairs and culture in one department. This structure is unique in Germany.