Schwäbisch Gmünd - A City of Culture
Art and culture have always held significant importance in Schwäbisch Gmünd. High-ranking artists, musicians and authors have acted and worked here.
The historical townscape is characterised by the Romanic 'Johanniskirche' (Church of St. John), the Holy Cross Gothic Minster, timbered lattice constructions and buildings from the Baroque period. The cultural centre point is the Culture Centre 'Prediger' in the heart of the city. Today Schwäbish Gmünd offers cultural events which are widely enjoyed: the annual European Festival of Church Music, the International Shadow Theatre held every three years, Museum Exhibitions and the Gallery in the 'Prediger'.
Basic cultural services include subscription to theatre, music theatre and cabaret events in the Congress-Centre in the City Gardens as well as the Chamber Music series 'Schwörhauskonzerte'. Offers for the Theatre include Childrens Theatre, Adolescent Theatre and Theatre in the 'Prediger' as well as through the Theatre Workshop. The Gmünd Concert Offer further comprises the series 'Ohren auf!' (Open Your Ears!) and concerts in the 'Prediger'. The Childrens Cinema Festival will take place in Spring.
There are numerous associations which contribute to the cultural life of the city: Music and singing clubs, the Gmünder Bühne, the Kolping Music Theatre, the Musical Kids!, the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Collegium Vocale, the Motettenchor (Motet Choir), the Philharmonic Choir, church choirs and many dance groups.
The Gmünder Kunstverien (Art Society) provides an important contribution with its exhibitions in the Kornhaus, and with yearly Art Expositions in the 'Prediger'. The Schwäbisch Gmünd School of Music, the Museum in the 'Prediger', the City Library, the City Archives and the Volkshochschule (Adult Education Centre) along with the Culture Office all play important roles in the cultural constitution of the city. In addition there are two Universities: The Pedagogical University and the University of Applied Sciences for Design. Schwäbisch Gmünd is traditionally known as the 'City of Gold and Silver' and records can be found in the Ott-Pausersche Factory Museum.