St.Gallen offers a wide range of cultural and entertaining events across the board: from opera to rock concerts, natural history to art museums, dance theatre or poetry slams, and many more exciting events.
The Concert and Theatre Society St.Gallen hosts a varied repertoire of musical theatre, dance theatre and other plays. The Kellerbühne specialises in small theatrical productions, cabaret and live music. The theatre parfin de siècle is the home of literary theatre in the city, while the Figurentheater is dedicated to the art of puppetry. Theatre 111 is a small, exquisite space for independent and guest productions. Independent theatre companies and dance troupes have cultivated a rich and varied scene with performances in the Grabenhalle, Lokremise, Palace or in the open air.
The city is alive with music: both in the teaching rooms of St.Gallen’s municipal music school and on the big stage at the famous OpenAir St.Gallen festival. Numerous concerts take place in St.Gallen each week – be it rock, pop, classical or jazz. Venues such as the Grabenhalle, Palace, Tonhalle, Kugl and a variety of bars and clubs are a big attraction for music lovers. Publikum.
Hollywood film or art house cinema? The choice is yours. St.Gallen screens both international blockbusters in various cinema auditoriums, as well as off-mainstream movies at its independent KinoK cinemas, which regularly organise artistic programmes with other cultural institutions in the city, such as the Architecture Forum of Eastern Switzerland or the St.Gallen Museum of Art.
There is a great variety of museums to visit in St.Gallen. Indeed, the city has close ties to the international art scene, thanks to St.Gallen Museum of Art and Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen. The new premises the National History Museum moved to in 2016 give an up-to-date and hands-on picture of nature and the environment. The first-rate collections of the St.Gallen Historical and Folklore Museum, the Textile Museum and the Foundation for Swiss Naive Art and Art Brut captivate experts and the broader public alike.
St.Gallen has always been a city of books, boasting unique collections of manuscripts and historical prints in the Abbey Library and the Vadian Collection. A highlight of the city’s literary life, primarily defined by readings of various kinds, is «Wortlaut», an annual literature festival with participants from 25 institutions.