Every two years Ensemblia turns Mönchengladbach into a major stage for contemporary culture. The country’s oldest multi-media festival has featured a wide range of events every two years since it first began in 1979. The main emphasis is on New Music, but other types of art are also included and there are innovative productions combining different art forms. The festival is always enthralling, exciting and refreshingly different, and it’s continually evolving so that it always retains its appeal.

In 2019 Ensemblia once again provides a wide range of events: between the great opening concert on the 26th of June featuring Elbtonal Percussion, the trendy percussion quartet from Hamburg, and the rousing closing concert with the saxophonist Angelika Niescier and the pianist Sylvie Courvoisier which takes place on the 30th of June, twenty-five events of various types will be held at 20 different venues (including concerts, performances, theatre works, fine arts events, dancing, readings and school workshops).



The programme of the festival which is organised and staged by MGMG (the Mönchengladbach Marketing Company) has been put together, as in past years, in collaboration with the Lower Rhine Symphony Orchestra, Mönchengladbach Theatre, the music school, Abteiberg Museum, and the municipal Cultural Office. “Thanks to the support provided by sponsors and patrons, including the LVR hospital, the Brügmann Foundation and the Wilberz Foundation, we have once again managed to ensure that there is free admission to all the Ensemblia events”, explains MGMG Managing Director, Peter Schlipköter. Detailed information about the programme is available at:

Ensemblia 2019 (selection):
26.06.2019, 8 p.m., Haus Erholung*
Opening concert with Elbtonal Percussion

27.06.2019, 8 p.m., Mönchengladbach Theatre
Symphony concert by the Lower Rhine Symphony Orchestra

28.06.2019, 9 p.m., Stadtsparkasse Bismarckplatz*
“Water music …” – The music school’s Youth Symphony Orchestra and soloists

28.06.2019, 10 p.m., Monforts Quartier*
Drums, Bass and Dance in Motion

29.06.2019, 9 p.m., Abteiberg Museum*
Amnesia Scanner (electronic music duo)

30.06.2019, 5 p.m., Basilica of St. Vitus*
Closing concert featuring Angelika Niescier (sax) and Sylvie Courvoisier (piano)

*Entry is free