Tucked away in Frankfurt’s Ostend neighborhood is the small art and cultural space, studio NAXOS, just across the street from the better-known Mousonturm. Hidden behind an advertising agency, studio NAXOS offers a rotating program of theater, art installations, movie screenings, and music.
Housed in a former machine-assembly plant, studio NAXOS concentrates on providing a space for young artists from around the state of Hessen to present their work. A recent exhibition I visited included the interactive installation “Lost on the Highest Peak” in which swings were hung from the rafters of the 3 meter tall assembly hall, thus allowing my friends and I to lurch back and forth to our heart’s content. Aside from acting as a showcase venue, studio NAXOS also has a bar and provides ateliers for its resident artists.
The studio is most well known for hosting the annual Lichter International Film Festival, which brings films from around the globe to the Rhein-Main region. The festival usually occurs from late March through early April each year. I’ve seen some great films there, which range from heavy, complex documentaries, to more light-hearted short films.