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It’s been a year since we opened the doors to Gasteig HP8. The first events at our new Sendling location started on 8 October 2021 in Hall E and the Isarphilharmonie. Since then, we’ve held and hosted more than 1000 events. In autumn 2022, the entire Gasteig family will finally have completed its move to HP8. In this photo-essay, we look back at the eventful first season.
The grand opening
The Isarphilharmonie was inaugurated with a gala concert by the Munich Philharmonic on 8 October – complete with red carpet and prominent guests. Speaking to a jam-packed auditorium, Munich’s mayor Dieter Reiter praised the successful kick-off: “A sensational project, not least because it was planned and built within such a short time. For me, Gasteig HP8 and the Isarphilharmonie are the perfect blueprint for cultural buildings of the future.”
Long before the Gasteig moved in, we explored our future home on the site of Hans-Preißinger-Str. 8 (HP8), which belongs to energy utility Stadtwerke München. Even as our premises were still being built, Gasteig and HP8 grew together and became Gasteig HP8.
The opening “relay”
The first concert was followed by an entire opening week in which the Munich Philharmonic gave a taster of what was in store for the Gasteig HP8 audiences. The orchestra then passed the baton on to the Munich City Library. They also opened their doors on 8 October and presented its new premises in Hall E again in November with a more comprehensive opening programme.
Next, the multifunctional Hall X in the Gasteig HP8 was inaugurated, as a club venue with DJ and environmental activist Dominik Eulberg. In December, Gasteig München GmbH took over the baton of the “opening relay” and, for the first time at HP8, celebrated “Christmas at the Gasteig”, albeit with a seat occupancy of only 50% due to the pandemic. At the beginning of 2022, the University of Music and Performing Arts and the Munich Chamber Orchestra made their HP8 debut with concerts in the Isarphilharmonie.
The Gasteig is full of buzz and dance
The Gasteig’s popular festivals “Der Gasteig brummt” and “Der Gasteig tanzt” also moved up the Isar river to the Gasteig HP8, where they will remain a fixture in the annual calendar. Joining in the fray is the new “Alpenrausch” festival for new folk music.
It’s all about taking part
Under the motto “Culture for Munich”, the Gasteig HP8 offers a host of participative events, many of which are free of charge. We invite anyone with an idea for an event to get in touch with us – the Gasteig is a place for everyone.
Diversity is key
The Gasteig HP8 offers plenty of space for cultural experiences 365 days a year. Whether classical music highlights or experimental projects, film festivals or dance performances – numerous organisers use the arts centre for both large- and small-scale events.