KAUE Gelsenkirchen

An events venue where over the years, the list of national and international artists who have appeared on stage in the Kaue with their program has grown steadily. Many of them who perform today in large, sold-out halls took their first steps at KAUE. Because of the special ambience, many of them like to return there later to test and develop new programs, and many new faces come every year added. It should stay that way.

What the people of Gelsenkirchen, the Ruhr area and a broad artistic scene now know as “DIE KAUE” functioned for a long time as a machine hall in the building ensemble of the Wilhelmine Victoria mine in Schalke.

When coming up with a name for this venue, the team at the time looked for a common term from miners’ terminology, which turned out to be misleading – especially for artists from outside the Ruhr area. During his first guest appearance in 1996, comedian Michael Mittermeier asked us how a venue could be named after the imperative of the verb “Kauen”.

After its closure in the 1960s, after almost 20 years of standstill, the Gelsenkirchen church district acquired some parts of the former mine building to establish a job development company. Part of this operation should also become a socio-cultural center. Renovation work began in 1989 and lasted two years.

After some turbulent years with various changes of ownership, the Kaue, once a place of hard work and sweat, now shines in new splendor. Under the management of emschertainment GmbH, it is now a vibrant venue for cabaret and musical life that combines charm, tradition and culture.

Since the beginning of the 1990s, the industrial monument has been a sought-after event location with a special Ruhrpott ambience and is of great attraction for all lovers of cabaret, concert or theater events on a smaller scale with up to 400 visitors. Whether music events, theater performances, comedy performances or readings – KAUE offers a stage for artists of all genres.

Sympathetic details and pictures in all rooms and corridors tell the stories of this house, in which the charm of a long-ago and very formative episode of the Ruhr area is still in the air today. The lovingly selected posters, show relics and event announcements take the eye on a journey through the history of cabaret and concert culture in the Ruhr area.

The hall is of a pleasant size. The high ceilings and the dark walls, which are harmonious with the overall atmosphere and subtly decorated with posters, give this place a feel-good atmosphere and a touch of mining charm. The fact that all guests can actually sit or stand very close to the stage comes very close to a promise of a particularly up-close experience. Due to the small distance between the audience and the stage, sparks quickly spread between artists and guests. The creative minds from Gelsenkirchen’s independent scene also value KAUE very much.

In addition to the event hall in the former machine hall and the smaller fan buildings, there is also a pub with an original colliery flair in the former brand control room of the colliery. The “homey” atmosphere of the entire building continues in the integrated catering, where the staff provides a selection of cold and warm drinks, the classic Ruhrpott currywurst, pretzels and various sweets for the guests at every event.

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  • Monday09:00 - 16:00
  • Tuesday09:00 - 16:00
  • Wednesday09:00 - 16:00
  • Thursday09:00 - 16:00
  • Friday09:00 - 16:00
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