In 2022, the Begehungen will take place at the former Waterpark "Erzgebirgsbad Thalheim". Hence a lively festival theme: "PLANSCH".

Exhibition and Festival Programme

The selected artists and the festival programme will be announced here shortly.


11 days of festival mean 11 days of concerts, readings, lectures, discussions, guided tours and much more.


Within the framework of the festival, there will be several projects in cooperation with residents, associations and institutions in Thalheim. The preliminary work and discussions have been going on since the beginning of 2022.

We are already looking for stories about the waterpark. So if you have pictures, anecdotes and interesting facts about the former open-air swimming pool and the later fun pool, please simply send an e-mail to mitmachen at begehungen-festival.de or leave your name and telephone number at the mayor's office. The festival officials will then call you back promptly.

In addition to existing works that come to the festival as submissions, the residency programme is an essential part of the artistic practice. For this, six artists will temporarily reside in Thalheim and engage with the town, its history and residents. Since 2020, the Begehungen have expanded the artist-in-residence idea to include a digital aspect called remote residency (RR). For the artists, the need to travel is eliminated, yet they still work and benefit from an international presence as well as a novel residency experience.

Experience from previous residencies shows that there is a great potential for participation in this, which offers agents in particular a new approach to participating in the process of art production. The artists are asked to plan their residency project in such a way that it can be realised with local people. The festival team is there to accompany, advise and help those involved. Four such remote residencies will be announced for the festival in Thalheim.

Both residencies are connected with concrete invitations to the public. We will publish more details after the end of the selection process.

Last but not least, the festival team would like to have many helping hands for the set-up and dismantling. Such a festival means a lot of work and this can only be done with a lot of voluntary help. People with a talent for handicrafts or those who simply want to help are therefore very welcome.


The Begehungen are a barrier-free festival. Audio guides, barrier-free access, guided tours with sign language translation and tactile models of selected artworks for visually impaired people represent inclusion in practice. Admission to all programme events and to the exhibition is free.

We will announce here in the next few weeks which concrete measures will be taken this year to realise our claim to be a festival for all. We look forward to hearing from you on how we can improve our work. We are also happy to receive enquiries about special tours for affected fellow human beings.

Please send enquiries and tips to mitmachen at begehungen-festival.de


Here you will find our press releases and images. The pictures may only be used in connection with a report on the art festival Begehungen. It is imperative that (C) Johannes Richter is given as the photo credit.


Images (Part 1)


Lars Neuenfeld (presse at begehungen-festival.de)


The festival is largely made up of volunteers and is free of charge. In order to be able to organise a top-class festival that meets international standards, it is necessary to have numerous people, institutions and companies that financially support and promote the festival.

We would like to thank them also in the name of our visitors:

City of Thalheim

Über uns

We have a common idea. One likes to build, one likes to talk. Some like to discover unused places. All look forward to visitors from other countries and to interesting art.

One is interested in music and bands, one likes theatre. Some want to get involved in what's going on in the city, others just want to have a nice weekend.

One soldering and wiring, one thinking about Chemnitz and Europe. Some like to bring light into the dark, others want to break down barriers. All of them like to get dirty.

The Begehungen art festival has been taking place in Chemnitz since 2003 - as the city's largest off-campus cultural event. Its trademark is an unconventional and low-threshold approach to art. For this reason, the Begehungen are not just a temporary art exhibition, they are a social meeting place for people of the most diverse backgrounds. An extensive festival programme consisting of performances, readings and concerts is also an essential component.

Important and in keeping with the festival name is the tradition of the annually changing location. In addition to micro-areas on the Sonnenberg and Brühl, a former prison, an old school, the Rabenstein Palace of Culture, a garden section and abandoned industrial buildings have all been locations for the art festival.

The tours are intended to be a barrier-free festival with a wide range of activities. Admission to all programme points and to the exhibition is free.



begehungen e.V.
Annaberger Str. 24
09111 Chemnitz

info at begehungen-festival.de
Telefon: 01573 - 7028066