Saxony’s State Minister for Arts and Sciences, Dr Eva-Maria Stange sees a wide variety of opportunities in the themed year: “We want to use the Year of Industrial Heritage to make it possible for people to experience the significance and variety of industrial heritage in Saxony. We want to increase the visibility of the many volunteer and club-supported activities and also show our appreciation for them. There is plenty of evidence in the state testifying to how 500 years of industrial development have shaped people, their daily lives, their culture, towns, cities and the environment. Without this development, Saxony would be a different state today. The high level of industrialisation can be put down to a long tradition and constant innovation. It is important to remember this.”
Industrial heritage in Leipzig
Leipzig is also committed to making visible the industrial heritage activities in the city of culture. In 2019/2020, a total of 350,000 euros will be provided for the "Year of Industrial Heritage". To this day, vast industrial complexes built from solid brick are evidence of the 19th century industrialisation which shaped Leipzig. In recent years, new life has moved into the places where spinning frames once rattled, chimneys spewed out smoke and thousands of people carried out their daily work. Today, artists’ studios, galleries and manufacturers can be found in former factories like the cotton mill or the Tapetenwerk. Industrial heritage can be taken literally here. Other areas have been extensively refurbished to create trendy loft apartments or spaces for young startups.
Mayor of Culture, Dr. Skadi Jennicke is convinced: “The year of industrial heritage opens up the discussion with all sectors of industrial society from yesterday and today and poses questions about the future of living together and the work of tomorrow. Leipzig is marking 2020 with creative, scientific and also cultural formats: Symposia, exhibitions, a "Workers’ Parade" and theatre on Karl-Heine-Canal highlight the transformation of the cities and the region. Entrepreneurs and inventors, creative minds and founders, stakeholders and flaneurs, in short all industrial heritage enthusiasts are cordially invited to Leipzig in the Year of Industrial Heritage to discover a different side to the city."
www.leipzig.de/industriekultur2020 (in German)