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#urbanCGN – cologne urban lifestyle

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The urban lifestyle is alive and well in Cologne. The metropolis on the Rhine is today a hotbed of creativity, with a lively urban scene that offers residents and visitors alike everything that makes a city special. This includes trends that leave visible traces on the urban landscape, but also a distinctive traditional feel in all city quarters, offering Cologne’s citizens ample opportunities to identify with their home city. The cathedral city’s broad range of activities and strong creative industry make it the ideal place to be for lovers of design, fashion, culture, music, festivals, food and more. Newcomers from many different industries have joined traditional stores and established recurrent events in contributing to Cologne’s urban feel. A major startup and off scene completes the picture.
Fashion and design
Design has a long tradition in Cologne. The imm Cologne, international interiors show, is the leading trade fair for furniture and interior design which showcases international industry trends. The interior design week PASSAGEN, that takes place every year at the same time, is Germany’s largest design event with German and international designers and newcomers dotted all over the city. At DesignPost in the Deutz district, a 3,000 sqm permanent exhibition of internationally recognised design collections, visitors can learn year-round about the most recent trends in the industry. The ring road around Cologne’s city centre is the traditional home of several showrooms of furniture manufacturers and interior designers, so called “Möbelmeile” (furniture mile). Supplementary, other quarters such as Ehrenfeld, the Belgian Quarter and more recently also Südstadt including Rheinauhafen have become new creative centres. While Design Quartier Ehrenfeld and the Design 18/12 initiative in Zollstock lean more towards the interior design field, the Belgian Quarter is home to a large number of small, original boutiques selling unique clothing and accessories. Every June, the Belgian Quarter is host to le bloc, a fashion and design event. Prior to that, the ökoRAUSCH festival in May is focusing on sustainable design. In addition, the city offers all year round a number of flea markets where urban chic enthusiasts can browse to their heart’s content – such as Bazar de Nuit, Helios + Selene, Mädelsflohmarkt (Girls’ Flea Market) and Vintage Kilo Sale.
Arts and culture
Cologne also has an outstanding arts and culture scene. Besides the more traditional institutions such as museums, the Philharmonie, the Opera and the Schauspiel theatre – there is an exceptionally lively independent scene. The creative districts, in particular, are home to a number of extraordinary art galleries and studios. During the Kunstroute Ehrenfeld in May, artists open up their studios to visitors. The Tag des guten Lebens (Day of the Good Life) is an annual event in which a city district is closed off to traffic and its residents offer a wide range of activities free of charge to their neighbours and guests. A different neighbourhood is featured every year.The KUNSt&So in the Belgian Quarter regularly puts on unusual thematic shows. Contemporary art galleries such as Ruttkowski;68 and 30works show innovative urban and street art by established artists and newcomers. At the east side of the Rhine, the Kulturbunker Mülheim features a diverse programme of exhibitions, performances, concerts and much more. The CityLeaks festival is a biennial street art festival involving internationally renowned artists that takes place in alternating districts across the city. Yet another highlight for modern and contemporary art enthusiasts are the parallel events during the ART COLOGNE in April like Kölner Liste or FAR OFF.
As a media city with a large number of TV broadcasting stations and production companies, Cologne also has plenty to offer for film enthusiasts. Kölner Kino-Nächte, a series of night-time film screenings in July, Film Festival Cologne in October and the Kurzfilmfestival Köln (KFFK, short film festival Cologne) in November are just three cinematic events of many. Several other film and literature events round off the city’s multi-faceted arts calendar.
Music and lifestyle
Neither is Cologne a stranger to the music scene. The city is home to an exceptionally lively and young music scene that offers over a thousand local musicians and bands various platforms to showcase their art. The annual c/o pop festival is a trend-setting event for pop music by well-known stars and acclaimed musicians. The line-up of the WEEK-END Fest includes famous artists as well as newcomers. Cologne has also been the home of Summerjam for more than 30 years now, Europe’s largest reggae festival, which draws around 30,000 visitors to Fühlinger See lake in early July. Besides a lively night-life scene with trendy clubs and bars offering daily live music shows and DJ sets, Cologne has a wide range of unusual venues such as Gebäude 9, Gloria and Kulturkirche. In 2017 Club Bahnhof Ehrenfeld was named Venue of the Year by the Federal German Government. The city’s many locations and clubs – the result of a collaboration between various Cologne clubs and promoter Klubkomm – regularly feature an equally wide range of DJs. Cologne’s lively music scene has also given rise to a large number of record stores, with music to suit virtually all tastes.
Visitors who want to explore Cologne locations relevant to the history of pop music can use the new digital guide “Sound of #urbanana” to help them find what they’re looking for. The repertoire of this Web app includes many interesting sites ranging from former sound studios to vinyl record stores:
Finally, Cologne also offers an extensive urban culinary scene. Regular food festivals, markets and even restaurants have taken up the street food idea, complementing the already generous range of culinary options across the metropolis.

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50667 Köln
North Rhine-Westphalia

ITB Berlin 2019

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