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February and March 2012: events and fairs in Essen

In the centre of the Ruhr area, one of the most populous metropolitan areas across Europe, Essen has experienced as a protagonist the period of the Industrial Revolution, from the extraction of coal to steel production, under the auspices of the Krupp family. In the last twenty years, the relative decline of its industrial vocation, has made Essen one of Germany’s most important cultural and exhibition hubs. Culture revolves around the Colosseum Theater in Altendorfer Strasse, which offers a rich calendar of events. The business and service sectors mainly focus around Messe Essen, a 110 square meters exhibition center which hosts 50 events every year, of which around 15 have an international dimension.


Between February and March, several Trade Fairs will be held at Messe Essen, and there’s no lack of evening appointments to relax after a stressful working day.

Prior to providing a list of the major exhibitions and evening happenings, here is a short briefing on Essen’s most interesting landmarks. Don’t miss the Zollverein industrial complex, a disused mining center converted for cultural purposes. Other historic buildings include Villa Hugel, an Art Nouveau building dating back to the XIX century and belonging to the Krupp Family, now used for exhibitions and concerts. Among the religious monuments, worth a mention: the cathedral – including all of the works of art it holds, and the Alte Synagoge, the largest center of Jewish worship in Europe. Finally, a must-visit is Limbecker Platz, one of the largest shopping malls in the country.

Trade fairs throughout February and March in Essen, Messe Essen.

Reise Camping, February 22 to 26
International trade fair for travel and tourism, camping and caravans. The supplier-exhibitors present their solutions for holidays, caravans, campers, mobile homes, tents and accessories. During the event, you will enjoy many entertainment shows.

Fahrrad, February 24 to 26
This is the Bicycle Sales Exhibition, an opportunity to admire and learn about the world of bikes and their accessories. Visitors are offered the opportunity to learn everything about the products and the market, not only in terms of solutions, but also new ideas and itineraries. A major event to share experiences and get in touch with the brand new ultra-light bikes for racing and leisure.

SHK, March 7 to 10
SHK is an International Trade Fair for Sanitation, Heating, Airconditioning and Building Automation. A significant event for these sectors, to learn about all the new ideas, products, technologies and services available on heating and air conditioning. SHK presents the latest outputs in terms of health design and technologies for the optimization of energy consumption and savings.

Techno-Classica, March 21 to 25
International Exhibition for vintage cars and motor sports in general, the world of motorbikes and restoration. Over 173 000 visitors are expected this year, along with 1,100 international exhibitors.

Events and concerts in Essen throughout February and March 2012

February 24th, Grugahalle, Messe Essen
The Kettcar’s concert. This indie pop band from Hamburg, has released four albums. They are often associated with the Music School of Hamburg, which has diffused a particular music style throughout Europe, and in the 90s has given birth to bands such as Blumfeld, Tocotronic and Die Sterne.

February 25th, Studio Club, Schützenbahn
Meet Joseph Capriati, an artist who began his career in hip hop and classic house at the age of 11, in Naples. Today, he’s one of the most popular International performers of Techno music. Capriati’s sound is influenced by a techno / funk style, inspired by artists such as Kraftwerk, Phil Kieran, Alex Under and all the world of Dj Sets.

March 7th, Colosseum Theater, Altendorfer Strasse
Night Of The Dance, to enjoy modern and acrobatic ballet in the style of Riverdance, Dirty Dancing, Grease etc., with choreographies reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s legendary performances. But also the presence of a common thread linking to other major events in the history of film music, such as Moulin Rouge, West Side Story and Hair. Special guest: Pietro Lombardi & Sarah Engels.

March 9th, Grugahalle, Messe Essen
Der Familie Popolski, a comedy and parody musical. This Polish cabaret ensemble launched “The Popolski,” in March 2008, a TV show for German networks. The group performs classic pop-rock music, with strong folk influences such as polka, coupled with a really fun and exhilarating narrative style.

March 24th, Messe Essen
In conjunction with Techno-Classica, the Vintage & Classic Car Show, even “Coys Auctions” will be held, events and shows for the fans of the genre. These are auctions on vintage cars and accessories, that take place in different countries – starting from UK – and now in Essen. Something meant to lead more people into this wonderful world.

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