New to Cologne? Welcome! This page gathers a variety of helpful guidelines, information and material about Cologne. If you need more help feel free to contact us.


Visa & general information for international Artists

Touring Artists
information portal for international artists in Germany

Artist Card Cologne
you intend to stay here for longer?
Register at the BBK (Bundesverband Bildender Künstler) and get your artist card for free admission to some of the museums. Needs: prove of professional artistic practice


Where to find further information:

Art Institutions in Cologne
Updated Programm of art institutions and museums in Cologne
Sign up for the newsletter for updates on the german page

Online Program of independent Art Initiatives
with a useful map to all the independent art initiatives, analogue versions available at the art initiatives

Filmszene Köln
Film related updates, german only

Literaturhaus Köln
cologne experts for literature, webpage in german, every wednesday open lunch to meet new people, sign up for their newsletter

Studio spaces by the City of Cologne – overview (in German)

KHM Mediathek
well equipped Art and Media related library, publicly accessible
Digital collectionsFilmsBooksPeriodicalsSounds


How to get around

Most useful in all of Germany also for local transit, download the App for your phone or visit their website.

KVB -local cologne transit
The app is more userfriendly than the browser application
Tipp: if you buy online tickets via the app its cheaper

a pdf overview of the city transport


Art related educational institutions:

Academy of Media Arts Cologne
exMediaFilm and TelevisionArtArt and Media Studies, Creative Writing

University of Applied Sciences of Music and Dance Cologne
Dance,  Early MusicHistorical MusicologyNew MusicWorldmusic and transcultural MusicologyOperaElectronic Music



Acht Brücken – Music Triennale, Spring/Summer

New Talents Biennale – art, Summer

Sommerblut – mainly performative arts, Spring/Summer

Cityleaks – urban arts, early autumn

LitCologne – Literature, Spring

Filmfestival Cologne – moving image, Autumn

c/o pop – popular music & convention, Summer

WEEK-END Fest – alternative/subculture music, November


Ruhrtriennale – supraregional international art festival