29.5.–9.6.2024 Cologne, Düsseldorf and Mülheim an der Ruhr


The countdown is on!

The Impulse Theatre Festival 2024 will open on 29 May at 8 pm in Depot 2 of Schauspiel Köln with Ina Brandes, Minister for Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as other sponsors, partners and friends. This will be followed at 9 pm by Christiane Rösinger with DIE GROSSE KLASSENREVUE – it's going to be a party!



Twelve days, nine productions – the Impulse Theatre Festival brings outstanding and challenging productions from the past year to the stage.

You can find the detailed festival programme here


The Impulse Theater Festival in association with artists and Ringlokschuppen Ruhr will open a summer pool for eleven days in the MüGa-Park. The group Conte Potuto will construct a pool of dreams: with almost no water, but filled with the visitors’ wishes and ideas. TachoTinta play on dry land with an underwater rugby team, and the Tigers’ Kitchen not only produces fries but also slushy pop songs.



Under the title MAKE FRIENDS – SHARE KNOWLEDGE and in co-operation with the network FESTIVALFRIENDS, on the first festival weekend we look back on ACADEMIES that have taken place since 2018: What has lasted? How have perspectives on the ACADEMIES’ various themes changed?



With art, action and debate, on the second festival weekend, the ACADEMY #2 / FORUM in co-operation with the national fora of the Fonds Darstellende Künste addresses what is probably the most important task right now: to retain plurality and thus strengthen democracy.



„Brisante politische Inhalte, lustvoll präsentiert“ – im trailer ruhr berichtet Haiko Pfost über aktuelle Tendenzen in der Freien Szene und das Impulse Theater Festival 2024.

Klassenrevue und Tränenspenden – Haiko Pfost gibt in der kultur.west einen Ausblick auf das Impulse-Programm.

Zwischen Freibad und Diskurs: Das „Impulse-Festival“ 2024 startet in NRW – im Gespräch mit Deutschlandfunk Kultur Rang 1 präsentiert Haiko Pfost das Festivalprogramm.

Mehr zur Impulse-SCHWIMM CITY von Max Kühlem in der kultur.west und Living Smile Vidya in der aktuellen Missy (Paywall) im Gespräch mit Sonja Eismann.