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"METPACK" | May 2 - 6 2017 | MESSE ESSEN

The world's leading fair for metal packaging

The METPACK is the most important meeting place for the international metal packaging industry.Every three years, the market leaders and many specialised companies from the metal packaging industry present their innovations at the world's leading fair in Essen. The METPACK is a nucleus for innovations and a communication platform at the same time.

As the undisputed No. 1 of the industry, the METPACK impressively demonstrates the level of innovation and knowledge of both today and tomorrow.

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Gerhard Richter. The Editions.| April 7 – July 30, 2017 | Museum Folkwang

The internationally acclaimed artist celebrated his 85th birthday on February 9, 2017. Museum Folkwang presents from April 2017 all of Gerhard Richter’s editions created since 1965

Works conceived as editions – including prints, photographs, objects, paintings and much more – form an important part of Gerhard Richter’s highly diverse oeuvre. The exhibition is the first to present the full range of what are now over 170 editions by the artist, bringing together some of his most famous themes with many rarely exhibited works.

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27th International Stamp Fair | 11 - 13 May 2017 | MESSE ESSEN

The oldest event of its kind in Germany

The stamp fair in Essen is the only regular event in the world with such a high proportion of foreign postal administrations. The PostEurop, the association of the European postal organizations, has been appreciating this for years and is holding a seminar for its members again during the fair.

This year again, new postal administrations can be welcomed. For the first time, the Channel Island of Guernsey is represented with its own stand and staff.

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European Green Capital – Essen 2017

How the city of Essen has become "European Green Capital 2017"

The city of Essen is the first city of the mining industry in the history of the European Green Capital that won the award. The successful 150-year transformation story, from a city of coal and steel to the greenest city in North Rhine-Westphalia, is a role model of structural change for many cities in Europe. The city of Essen was particularly able to convince in the environmental criteria "Waste Water Management" and "Integrated Environmental Management System"..

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New in Essen? Service for new residents

Welcome to the heart of the Ruhr Area

This is somewhere you want to live. Citizens of Essen know that living in the centre of one of the most interesting regions in Europe not only makes you feel good because it is a capital of culture, but it also lets you enjoy life to the full at all times.

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Museum Folkwang

Museum Folkwang

All epoch-making art periods from the romantics to the modern avantgarde are represented in the Folkwang Museum by excellent exhibits: paintings, graphics, and sculptures from the 19th and 20th centuries, a first class collection on the history of photography, antique ceramics and some examples of Far Eastern and African art.

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The plant, built in 1932 in the style of the 'new objectivity', was once the most modern colliery in Europe. Today, the 'Zollverein' is a UNESCO World Heritage site, and a vibrant location for contemporary art, culture, architecture, and creative industries. Visitors are immersed in both the past and present of the Ruhr region and its culture. Whether you'll come to take a tour of the impressive monument, go to an exhibition, concert or theatre performance: The Zollverein Foundation offers a cornucopia of cultural and leisure activities all year round.

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Old Essen Synagogue - a house of Jewish culture

Old Essen Synagogue - a house of Jewish culture

The former Essen synagogue, completed in 1913 by master builder Edmund Körner on behalf of the Jewish community, is the only free-standing major synagogue structure to have survived - at least externally - the Second World War. Today, it constitutes a unique cultural and architectural monument. The future House of Jewish Culture is, however, presented not as a museum and historical site but rather as a meeting place where people can come into contact with Jewish culture and the Jewish way of life.

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Essen Fair

Messe Essen

At international trade fairs and public shows and exhibitions, Essen Fair welcomes over 14,000 exhibitors and up to 2 million visitors each year.

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Discover Essen

Information on city tours, sightseeing, hotels and congresses from the Essen Tourist Office.

Town Hall

Town Hall and Service

Mayor, city council, city offices, service for citizens and more about the town hall