NRW Erklärung die Vielen

NRW Declaration by DIE VIELEN (The Many)

Together with more than 50 cultural institutions, associations, organisations and independent artists and cultural workers from all over North Rhine-Westphalia, PACT Zollverein is one of the first signatories of the ›NRW-Erklärung der Vielen‹ (NRW Declaration of the Many).

The declaration is an expression of solidarity in art and culture as part of civil society's engagement against right-wing populist and nationalist movements. With this declaration, active members of the NRW cultural landscape and their interest groups are sending out a socio-political signal that engages with our daily practice: We - the undersigned - show a common stance towards tolerance, diversity and respect and commit ourselves to work actively and sustainably towards this goal.

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Artists’ Centre

Artists’ Centre


Running all year round since 2002, the residency programme is open to professional artists from home and abroad who work in the areas of dance, performance, media arts or music, supporting lively exchange between practice and theory.


HOOD – Fellowship Programme

Since mid 2016, seven independent artists collectively known as HOOD have been working extensively at PACT, examining and rethinking the possibilities of cooperative practises within the framework of a new fellowship programme.


Urban Frictions
Photo ©: Fabio Neis

1/2/8 Research festival

In Spring 2017, PACT launched 1/2/8 a new, central and long-term research and development format with a special focus on the connection between knowledge and actions. The format offers substantial time and space for practices of cooperation between people, objects, space, technology and experimentation.



PACT’S yearly interactive symposium impact brings together artists, practitioners, theoreticians and advanced students in the fields of dance, theatre, performance, visual arts, new media, film, music and architecture for a three day exchange engaging critically with the artistic strategies and working methods of three exceptional guest artists.

Photo ©: Dirk Rose


›Feldstärke‹ is PACT’s interdisciplinary exchange platform for students from leading arts schools and academies in the NRW region specialising in varied fields including the performing arts, photography, film, video, installation and media arts, offering approx. 40 young artists a shared roof under which to present a self-curated exhibition of their own work to the general public.

Urban Space

Photo: © Anna Westphal


›PACT Café‹ is a friendly informal space where local families of all countries of origin can drop by for a hot drink and some good conversation whilst their children between the ages of 4 and 6 can join in playful dance and movement activities.

Photo: © Jana Mila Lippitz


Initiated by PACT in close collaboration with the ›Arbeitskreis Kunst und Soziales‹ (Art and Social Engagement Working Group), the WerkStadt is a new local hub for open and ongoing communal discourse, activities and knowledge transfer.