EIGHT BRIDGES | Music for Cologne brings contemporary music to the city. Since the festival’s start in 2011, every May the Kölner Philharmonie becomes a cross-genre podium for renowned artists and ensembles of the international music scene, from contemporary classical music to jazz, world music and pop. Concerts with artists of the independent scene in the urban space and in other venues broaden the program – performances, exhibitions and films create a connection to other arts. Beyond that, there are free concerts, public rehearsals, lectures and offers for children. Annualy changing focal points invite a wide audience to approach the unknown and the new and to get enthusiastic about the music of our time.