Muffatwerk, a former power station built in Art Nouveau style, serves as a major energy supplier for Munich to this very day - for the arts, culture and youth scene, however. The interdisciplinary program is inspired by the idea of a multicultural, future-oriented and urban contemporary culture. The audience is provided with a cutting edge agenda and plenty of space is given to the creation of synergies between the fine arts and youth culture. Consequently, Muffatwerk is setting standards for the city of Munich in the field of music culture. Right here, for the first time ever, HipHop events as well as Drum'n’ Bass club nights and ambitious DJ happenings of the electronic music scene took place on a larger scale.
The live music program offers a wide range of opportunities to the visitor and music lover. Emerging stars of the international music scene, from rock and pop to world music, might be discovered early on and the ever-changing trends of music might as well be tracked by the audience. Bands and artists such as Absolute Beginner, Bootsy Collins, Buena Vista Social Club, Blumentopf, Calexico, Coco Rosie, Coldcut, Digitalism, Einstürzende Neubauten, Element of Crime, Diamanda Galas, Gilberto Gil, Gotan Project, Adam Green, Ich + Ich, Interpol, Kaiser Chiefs, Joanna Newsom, Pink Martini, Saïan Supa Crew, Salif Keita, Carlos Santana, Sonic Youth, The Eels, The Killers, The Notwist, Paul Weller, Amy Winehouse, Yossou N`Dour as well as jazz musicians such as Chick Corea, Esbjörn Svensson, Herbie Hancock, Branford Marsalis, Maceo Parker, Steve Reich, Michael Riessler or Anoushka Shankar and the eccentric Friedrich Gulda contribute to the multifaceted music program at Muffathalle.
The young and cosmopolitan perspective allows for a broad spectrum of art, and places importance on the aesthetic proximity of artists from various genres. As a result, collaborative projects took shape - for example - between the French industrial music group Les Tambours du Bronx and such diverse partners as the choreographer Rui Horta as well as the light artist Gert Hof and the visual artist Gottfried Helnwein who worked together on a production of "Die Hamletmaschine" by playwright Heiner Müller. Band leaders such as Blixa Bargeld (Einstürzende Neubauten) and Sven Regener (Element of Crime) performed as well with their bands as solo with Spoken Word gigs.
Keen on experimenting and based on contemporary culture, Muffatwerk appears again and again as home of the international scene and is, as such, counted among the most respected cutting edge venues in Germany. In addition to music, the complex program structure is composed of dance, theater, musical theater, performance art, multimedia, literature, and visual art. Muffatwerk has been the domain of liveacts of international stars such as Douglas Adams, Batsheva Dance Company, Jerome Bel, Big Art Group, Jonathan Borrows, T.C. Boyle, Rosemary Butcher, Boris Charmatz, Nigel Charnock, Douglas Coupland, Richard Dawkins, Dumb Type, Bret Easton Ellis, Ensemble Modern, Peter Esterhazy, Jan Fabre, Forced Entertainment, Heiner Goebbels, Wanda Golonka, Emio Greco, Michel Houellebecq, Siri Hustvedt, La Fura Dels Baus, Xavier LeRoy, Ray Loriga, Hakan Nesser, Needcompany, Nico & the Navigators, Richard Powers, Rimini Protokoll, Felix Ruckert, Salman Rushdie, Christoph Schlingensief, Raoul Schrott, Societas Raffaello Sanzio, Vladimir Sorokin, Marlene Streeruwitz, Meg Stuart, Theéâtre Ubu, Wim Vandekeybus, Irvine Welsh, Tad Williams, VA Wölfl, Jin Xin, Zuni Icosahedron.
For years, Muffatwerk has been a platform for numerous festivals including "Münchner Biennale," "Spielart," "Dance," "Tanzwerkstatt Europa," "musica viva," "Münchner Jugendfilmfest," and "Wortspiele." By means of production collaborations and performance opportunities Muffatwerk also supports the local theater and dance scene.
Another focal point of the program is a consistent commitment to the use of new media in the creative process. Muffatwerk is eager to make visible the link between art and science, and to set future trends in this area. Giving free rein to such an interdisciplinary approach, media festivals like the Serious Chiller Lounge, Future Communities, Digital Crossover and Make World were developed and hosted. Furthermore, such diverse works as the Amorphic Robot Works of American artist Chico MacMurtrie, the cyborg fantasies of Australian techno performance artist Stelarc or the New Cinema installations of the German-Austrian artist duo Granular Synthesis were produced.
A public-private partnership exists between the Department of Arts and Culture of the provincial capital, Munich, and Muffatwerk: The city of Munich subsidizes the operating costs of Muffatwerk and in turn occupies the Muffathalle for up to 100 days of cultural program. In addition, the city of Munich also books the Ampere for events. The privately-operated Muffathalle Betriebs GmbH (Limited Liability Company) covers the funding of its program at its own risk.