Since 1991, Stiftung Niedersachsen has been inviting exceptional young violinists from all over the world to compete in the ›Joseph Joachim International Violin Competition Hannover‹, which is held every three years. 

The foundation, which was founded in 1987, presents this exceptional endowment program in order to further especially gifted young musicians. These efforts have received international recognition. The competition is framed by a statewide program with special focus on music pedagogy, as the Stiftung Niedersachsen is committed to strengthening cultural diversity across the entire state. 



The foundation’s efforts as a reliable partner in cultural affairs include projects such as the inde-pendent theater festival ›Best OFF – Festival Freier Theater in Niedersachsen‹, the international photography award ›Spectrum – Internationaler Preis für Fotografie‹, and ›LiteraturLabor Wolfenbüttel‹, which offers stipends to young writers. By lending aid to several subfoundations, the Stiftung supports private initiatives dedicated to the common good. 

Since its founding, the foundation has supported some 2,800 projects with a total value of 100 million Euro. The foundation supports projects in the areas of art, music, education and science, literature, theater and dance, and socioculture.