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Art and Culture

Jenoptik has enriched the Jena location with art and cultural projects since the company's beginnings. In connection with our business activities, light, optics and perception are at the center of our cultural promotion. The core of Jenoptik's commitment to art is its own conception and organization of projects in the visual arts. Jenoptik's art collection, which has existed since 1994, comprises over 400 works; around two thirds of these set accents in the offices of our employees.

Fine Arts

Jenoptik also promotes art exhibitions by regional partners.

Many years of cultural commitment

Easter benefit concert

Jenoptik sponsors the Easter benefit concert for sick children

Photo: Jan-Peter Kaspers

Under the umbrella of the International Young Orchestra Academy, young talents from all over the world come together for the Bayreuth Easter Festival to make music free of charge for children suffering from cancer and serious illness. Since 2009, this concert series has also been a guest performance in Jena.

Since then, Jenoptik has been one of the partners in this project, the proceeds of which go to the parents' initiative for children suffering from cancer in Jena. This association is under the patronage of Jenoptik. The benefit festival reflects the philosophy of Jenoptik's social commitment. It promotes young artists and inspires through the idea of international understanding. It enriches Jena as a cultural location and combines the enjoyment of art with social commitment. Information about the current concert.

Tanztheater Jena e. V.

Jenoptik supports with Tanztheater Jena e.V. the dance education of children and teenagers.

Jenoptik also supports the Tanztheater Jena e. V.. Around 150 children and young people learn to dance here - as well as self-discipline and self-confidence, stamina and team spirit, dealing with stage fright, success and failure. Projects and programs such as "Light and Shadow" or "Hand(y)cap" inspire through originality, creativity and intensity, dance-aesthetic perfection and artistic professionalism. In TV appearances and on European tours, the imaginative productions of the Jenaer Tanztheater advertise Jena as a cultural location to a large audience.

Kulturarena Jena

Jenoptik supports the Kulturarena Jena

Photo: Holger John

For more than ten years Jenoptik has been one of the sponsors of the Kulturarena Jena, an open-air festival that invites visitors every evening in the summer months of July and August to imaginative theatre, exciting cinema, diverse concerts and original children's events on the Jena theatre forecourt. Further information can be found on the Kulturarena website.

Theaterhaus Jena

Jenoptik supports the Theaterhaus Jena
The Theaterhaus Jena looks back on more than 125 years of history and shines through young and experimental, unconventional and spectacular productions. On the advice of former Jenoptik CEO Lothar Späth, Theaterhaus GmbH was founded in the mid-1990s and has been supported by Jenoptik ever since.

Jenoptik supports the annual open-air theatre spectacle, which opens the Kulturarena, as well as the youth theatre club, which has produced numerous award-winning theatre works in recent years. Further information can be found on the website of the Theaterhaus Jena.

Concert summer of the Klosterkirche Thalbürgel

Minster Thalbürgel

Photo: Klosterkirche Thalbürgel

A patronage connects Jenoptik with the concert summer of the Klosterkirche Thalbürgel near Jena. In the unique atmosphere of the former Benedictine monastery, the parish of Thalbürgel organises a demanding annual music festival with religious and secular compositions. Some of the proceeds from the concerts go to social youth work. Jenoptik also pays tribute to those people who volunteer to preserve this cultural gem and fill it with life. Further information on the website of the Klosterkirche Thalbürgel.