25th Anniversary celebration, 6th June 2013. Photo: Roland Magunia


The Arts Society Hamburg (formerly BRIDFAS of Hamburg) was founded in 1987 to stimulate understanding, enjoyment and care of the arts, and to promote a greater awareness of our international cultural heritage. The Inaugural Meeting was held on 21st June 1988 and on 14 June 2018 we celebrated our 30th Anniversary.

The Arts Society Hamburg is a member society of the The Arts Society in the UK from which it derives a great deal of advisory support. The Arts Society celebrates its 50th birthday in 2018 and there are now over 360 societies in the UK, mainland Europe, Australia and New Zealand. In all they represent a world membership of more than 91,000. The Arts Society Mainland Europe, which comprises 11 societies, including Hamburg, has its own website which you can access by clicking on the link.

The Arts Society Hamburg season starts in September and finishes in June during which there are eight illustrated lectures on a wide range of subjects such as art, architecture, music, furniture, silver, china and ceramics etc. Special functions are an annual outing to places of historical interest in the vicinity of Hamburg, weekend Study Days and visits to local art galleries and museums. In addition cultural tours to neighbouring countries are aranged.

The Arts Society Hamburg has links with several local museums and one of the aims of the society is to make donations of art objects for addition to their collection, whenever this is financially possible.

A house magazine, The Arts Society Magazine, is distributed four times a year, as well as a local newsletter.

The lectures are given by carefully chosen experts who are mainly from the UK; all lectures are in English and are usually held at the DESY Auditorium, Notkestraße 85, 22607 Hamburg. The lectures start at 20:00 and doors open at 19:15. There is a bar where you can purchase a glass of wine or soft drinks so why not come along early and meet other members.

We extend a warm welcome to all who are interested in joining. The annual membership fee is €85 for single members and €160 for couples.

Guests are welcome to attend individual lectures at €15 (students €5) per lecture.

Patron of the Society is the Honorary British Consul in Hamburg.



The Arts Society Hamburg ist eine Mitgliedsgesellschaft der The Arts Society, eine der führenden gemeinnützigen Gesellschaften im Kunstbereich in Großbritannien.

The Arts Society Hamburg bietet ein Jahresprogramm zu den Schönen Künsten. Unsere illustrierten Vorträge werden in englischer Sprache von Experten aus Großbritannien gehalten. Für unser vollständiges Jahresprogramm, klicken Sie bitte auf Programme.

Darüberhinaus bieten wir Museumsbesuche und die Besichtigung historisch interessanter Stätten sowie Ausflüge in die Umgebung von Hamburg an. Das aktuelle Angebot finden Sie unter Programme.

Bis auf wenige Ausnahmen können unsere Veranstaltungen von allen Interessierten besucht werden. Wenn Sie Mitglied werden möchten oder sich nur näher informieren wollen, klicken Sie bitte auf Membership.