The Ruhr Piano Festival has been actively involved in Duisburg-Marxloh since 2008. In close cooperation with schools in the area, a pilot project was set up to support and encourage socio-economically disadvantaged children and young people and to nurture their creative talents.
It is quite unusual for a cultural organisation to take the decision to collaborate with the same schools over a period of years. That is why the Ruhr Piano Festival now aims to use the experience gained and the concepts developed over several years to branch out from pilot project Marxloh. This idea has fallen on particularly fertile ground in a northern district of Bochum. Since 2017 an advanced secondary school (Heinrich-von-Kleist-Gymnasium), a vocational high school (Anne-Frank-Realschule) and a primary school (Frauenlob Grundschule) have run joint activities in cultural education. The Ruhr Piano Festival has supported this initiative from the start. First, through teacher training and musical collaborations and secondly through an annual inclusive dance project – a form of inter-school collaboration that in Marxloh has proved its worth over the years.
In the school year 2019/20, more than 120 children and young people engaged with Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Petrushka. In the school year 2020/21, another inclusive dance project will take place, this time on Béla Bartók’s Dance Suite. Due to the pandemic situation, a large part of the workshops took place in digital form and the performance format was adapted.
The Rite of Spring – an inclusive project by the Ruhr Piano Festival in Bochum © 2019