Everyone should have the chance to discover Goethe’s »Faust« in a new way.


Roger Diederen, Director Kunsthalle Munich


About us

Taking place from 23 February to 29 July 2018, the Munich Faust Festival was initiated by the Kunsthalle Munich and the Gasteig. It all started with an idea, which was soon put into action. When working on the exhibition of Du bist Faust (“You are Faust”), Roger Diederen, Director of the Kunsthalle, was inspired by the complexity as well as the timeliness of this work, and he wanted to share his enthusiasm with others in Munich’s cultural sector. In September 2016, he organised the first so-called Faust Breakfast – and there were more to follow… Max Wagner, Managing Director of the Gasteig, was hooked by this topic right from the start and the idea of a Faust Festival in Munich in 2018 was born. The Gasteig, Europe’s biggest cultural centre, functions as the festival centre for this five-month-long event.
Roger Diederen and Max Wagner started to speak with potential partners from the cultural scene and came up with some initial projects for the festival. They decided to take Faust to every corner of the city. All contributions based on Goethe’s Faust have been welcome. There are no creative barriers. WE ARE ALL FAUST! 
In the meantime, more than 100 cultural institutions have agreed to cooperate in the name of Faust – and the list is growing. The 2018 Munich Faust Festival still follows its original principle: Faust for all, made by all.
The 2018 Munich Faust Festival does not aim at representing only the cultural flagships of the city. Especially smaller institutions, artists from all genres, the off-scene, professionals as well as amateurs are invited to take part and represent Faust all over the city – in the city centre, the individual districts of the city as well as in Munich’s outskirts. Because Faust should be experienced with all senses, partners from the hotel, restaurant and retail sectors are also part of the act.
The unique cultural scene in Munich provides the perfect basis for a festival of this size. The city has huge creative potential and dedicated citizens who love art and enjoy indulgence. And that is exactly what is needed to comprehensively examine this classic of world literature in a critical, intellectual, humorous and down-to-earth way. 

Roger Diederen

Roger Diederen was born in the Netherlands. After completing his studies in Amsterdam he worked for the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Before he came to Munich, he was employed as a curator at the Dahesh Museum of Art in New York for six years. At the Kunsthalle Munich he had curated numerous exhibitions before becoming the house’s director in 2013.


Max Wagner

Max Wagner was born in Munich and studied law in Munich and Paris, and singing in Dresden and Mainz. After completing his legal clerkship, he worked as a lawyer and singer. He then became the General Manager of the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, a position he held for six years. In 2012, the internationally active cultural manager became Managing Director of the State Theatre on Gärtnerplatz. Since 2017 he has been the Managing Director of the Gasteig Munich, which is now gearing up for a major upgrade.

Anna Kleeblatt


»The fact that all participants meet each other as equals is an opportunity this city has never experienced before.«

Anna Kleeblatt 

As a student, Anna Kleeblatt was started gaining experience with several cultural institutions. After working for the National Flower Show in Munich, she took on a position as the Head of Marketing and Sales and Project Leader for Development at the Bavarian State Opera where she spent more than six years. Since 2012, she has been a self-employed consultant and coach in the fields of marketing, sales and services. Several cultural institutions and enterprises count among her clients. Kleeblatt is a member of the Tourism Initiative Munich Strategy Circle. She is a lecturer at the University of Music and Performing Arts Munich as well as at the Theatre Academy August Everding, and she regularly gives lectures on cultural marketing.