In cooperation with the Ministry of Culture of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the International Visitors Programme of the NRW KULTURsekretariat brings cultural journalists, mediators, politicians, curators and other disseminators from around the world together with the cultural scene in NRW.
More than 100 international guests visit North Rhine-Westphalia each year within the framework of the Visitors Programme and make new contacts.
Apart from attending performances, exhibitions or concerts, the participants also gain insight into the cultural life on the Rhine, Ruhr and Lippe.
Strong interest in future collaboration with artists, companies or cultural institutions from NRW is created through personal encounters and intense mediation by the NRW KULTURsekretariat.
Reports in foreign media describe NRW as a state of culture and emphasise its attractiveness as an international business location.
Since 2014, individual trips of foreign visitors to consolidate concrete cooperation projects with partners in NRW are offered as well and international curator networks are being initiated and supported.
In 2015, 18 programmes were realised, among others on photography, media and video art, children's and youth theatre as well as jazz and dance.
Contacts between curators and multipliers from the areas of creative industries and art in the public domain were made and deepened on moderated theme trips.
In addition to the existing Flanders NRW Curators' Network, a new international network for curators in the performing arts could be supported for which a first impulse was given at the “show me the world – global curating in performing arts” conferences in Mülheim an der Ruhr and Munich.
Numerous cooperations have been planned for 2016 and invitations to foreign creative artists to visit NRW have been issued.
In addition, interleaving with “Transfer International” is also on the cards. The Visitors Programme cooperates with the Goethe Institute as well as with other international cultural institutions, creative artists and cultural offices in NRW and with cultural organisations abroad.