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Europa InTakt 2022 - Classic goes digital

Logo Europa InTakt 2022 © Europa InTakt
  • Date: 21. - 24.09.2022
  • Format: Concerts and Workshops
  • Participation fee: 175,00€ (reduced 90,00€)


Portraitfoto von Imgard Merkt © Privat

Dear participants of Europa InTakt 2022 !

First of all, a personal preface. Twelve years ago, at the time of Europa InTakt 2010, I was on "active duty" as a full professor at TU Dortmund University. Designing the professorship "Music Education and Music Therapy in Rehabilitation and Pedagogy with Disabilities" from 1991 onwards was an incredible privilege: I could do what was close to my heart in research and teaching. Throughout my professional life, I have always had at heart an open view of the diversity of musical forms of expression all over the world - including my personal love of the music that is called "classical" in this country - and the communication of this open view in seminars, lectures and further training. Recipients of this open view, which incidentally does not work without a certain amount of self-distance and humour, were and are students, interested people from many professions and people with impairments. For 10 years, in the context of the Dortmunder Modell: Musik project, I led the inclusive choir "stimmig", in which employees from workshops for people with disabilities and students sang together. Shaping university teaching in this way has always been a particular pleasure for me.

For eight years now in so-called retirement, I still can't manage to do what some people expect of a retiree: simply rest. But why should I rest? The social topic of inclusion, the cultural-political and artistic topic of music and inclusion is alive, it continues to develop. The next generations are "digital natives" with new ideas and possibilities. It is the task of thinking and feeling people of all ages to look at new developments with interest and/or joy, or even better, to contribute to them - also critically.

I myself could not have foreseen that the TU Dortmund would once again be a venue for Europa InTakt after a long break. It is thanks to the former rector of TU Dortmund University, Univ.-Prof. Dr. Ursula Gather, who, as the current chairwoman of the Krupp Foundation, thought a 10th anniversary of Europa InTakt would be a good idea. The Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation provided the largest share of the necessary funds for our event. The Bernd Jochheim Foundation, like the City of Dortmund, contributed to making it possible for Europa InTakt to take place in the form announced here. Thought to take place in 2020, it became 2022 for well-known reasons.

 The past years have had some unprecedented learning tasks not only for European societies. Empathy and looking at essentials in combination with an open view of the diversity of people are just some of these learning chapters. They are obviously being learned at different speeds here and there. Who could have imagined a few years ago that the motto Europa InTakt - the first event of this name took place here in Dortmund in 2003 - would one day take on such a political dimension as it has today?

Some people can't imagine anything else either, on a smaller scale. Music and inclusion is a lot of work, it's true. Art is beautiful, but it makes a lot of work, as Karl Valentin already knew. Music and inclusion is not only, but always as cheerful as it is interesting AND means not always, but always again good music. That is what it is all about.

Europa InTakt 2022 is dedicated to new artistic and technical developments in the field of digital media in combination with traditional instruments. Classic goes digital means three things. "Classic" means the traditional and for human development indispensable activity of touching and setting things in motion, in our case instruments, means the necessity of sensual experience of the law of cause and effect. "Classic" also means musical genres such as baroque, classical, jazz, music of the world - and forms of music-making such as improvisation or reproduction, "Classic" also means interdisciplinary such as music and movement or music and light art. Digital means looking at what traditional instruments cannot do. Amplifying the sound of an instrument so that a person with severe disabilities can play adequately in a demanding ensemble. Turning involuntary movements into music. Playing with effects. And so on. Experiencing the law of cause and effect in a way never known before. Classic goes digital does not want a contradiction, but mutual inspiration.

In this spirit, I wish you all cheerful, inspiring and intact days in Dortmund!

Since 2003, a European exchange of music ensembles in which people with and without disabilities work together artistically has taken place at TU Dortmund. The last major event was Europa InTakt 2010 as an event of the Capital of Culture RUHR.2010. The aim is to meet and inspire, as well as to increase the presence of inclusive ensembles in the public cultural life of the countries.

Europa InTakt 2022 is dedicated to new artistic and technical developments in the field of digital media in combination with traditional instruments. Classic goes digital means musical genres such as classical music, jazz, music of the world and forms of music making such as improvisation, composition and reproduction, means interdisciplinary aspects such as music and movement or music and light art.

People with and without disabilities gain experience in creating musical processes using electronic and traditional instruments in internationally mixed workshops. The members of the invited ensembles participate in the workshops that find their interest and present the workshop results with the motto Europa InTakt in a large public final concert.

Target audience

Participants are teachers at schools, music schools and youth art schools, musicians, educators in all-day education, in socio-culture, employees in all levels of music and cultural education, all people with an interest in inclusive and artistic processes as well as people with disabilities and students of relevant subjects.

General information on the live conference

Registration can only be made for one workshop at a time, which will be attended continuously. The registration takes place exclusively online. With the registration I accept the general terms and conditions of the ZHB.

Registration for the live conference takes place exclusively online via the homepage of the Centre for Higher Education at TU Dortmund University. The registration deadline is 09.09.2022.

The workshops will take place in the building Emil-Figge-Str. 50 of TU Dortmund University. In the foyer of the building Emil-Figge-Str. 50, participants will register at the registration centre of the Centre for Higher Education on 22.09.2022 from 09:00.  Participants will be escorted to the event rooms. Mineral water will be available in the event rooms.

Parts of the workshops and the evening concerts will be professionally filmed with the aim of a sustainable presence of Europa InTakt 2022 on the internet. Registration for the workshops and attendance at the concert includes permission to document participation in the documentation film and in photos that will be shown in print media and on the internet.

Participation fee:

The congress can only be booked as a whole. Booking of individual congress days or workshops is not possible.

The costs for the participation in the congress Europa InTakt 2022 are:

  • 175,00€ for working people
  • 90,00€ for students and for participants with disabilities


Cancellation is only possible in writing to the ZHB until 14.09.2022. For organizational reasons, the ZHB has to charge a handling fee of 30.00 Euro. In case of cancellation after this date or non-participation the full conference fee has to be paid.


Lunch options are available on campus in the immediate vicinity of the building at the "Food Factory" of Emil-Figge-Str. 50 or at the TU Dortmund University canteen.

On Saturday, 24.09.2022 there is no possibility of catering on campus.


Christiane Kaphengst
Bereich Weiterbildung, Zentrum für HochschulBildung
Tel.: (+49) 231 755-2164
E-Mail: christiane.kaphengsttu-dortmundde

Frauke Reininghaus
Bereich Weiterbildung, Zentrum für HochschulBildung
Tel.: (+49) 231 755-6507
E-Mail: frauke.reininghaustu-dortmundde

Location & approach

The campus of TU Dort­mund University is located close to interstate junction Dort­mund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dort­mund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dort­mund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dort­mund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the uni­ver­si­ty are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dort­mund.

To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.

TU Dort­mund University has its own train station ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dort­mund main station ("Dort­mund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The uni­ver­si­ty is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.

You can also take the bus or subway train from Dort­mund city to the uni­ver­si­ty: From Dort­mund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dort­mund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dort­mund main station to the stop "Dort­mund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dort­mund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S".

The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.

The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dort­mund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dort­mund Uni­ver­si­tät S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the uni­ver­si­ty directly with the city of Dort­mund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.

The facilities of TU Dortmund University are spread over two campuses, the larger Campus North and the smaller Campus South. Additionally, some areas of the university are located in the adjacent "Technologiepark".

Site Map of TU Dort­mund University (Second Page in English).