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ERIH WORK it OUT Song by Paul and Friends


The 2nd time: Be part of Europe dancing!

3,000 young people, 32 industrial heritage sites, 10 European countries, 1 dance – that’s the success of WORK it OUT 2018. The continental dance performance clearly proved that industrial heritage is alive and belongs to all of us. Since it was great fun, it comes again next year - with new music and a new choreography!

On 1 May 2019, "WORK it OUT" will enter the second round. At 3 p.m. visitors of different age will perform the “Work-it-Out” dance. They wear coloured workers´ caps (provided by ERIH) and dance together. All spectators are invited to dance the easy-to-learn choreography and join.

Everybody who likes to move can join. If you already cooperate with schools, dance classes, sports clubs etc. in your area that is ideal. You can also invite other groups like staff, friends, and relatives to join. Alternatively you can offer rehearsals on the 1st of May, ideally 1 or 2 hours before the performance starts and offer training seasons with a dance trainer. It does not have to be perfect, it should be fun!

Photos and videos of the dance performance will be posted on social media, the performances will e shared and published immediately. The result will be a creative and unique performance of our common European Industrial Heritage. The more ERIH sites join, the bigger the public awareness, the media coverage and the overall success will be for all participants and for the industrial heritage.

Let's dance again!
Join and register until 30th November 2018 the latest by using the
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All sites registered receive information packs for the preparation of event. Even if you cannot accept definitely yet or need further information, please fill-in the form accordingly. 

Contact us

Transparent Design Management GmbH
Project Manager and CEO: Elisabeth Budde
Gartenstrasse 8 | 60594 Frankfurt | Germany
Tel. +49 69 6090940 | Mobile: +49 177 6090940 | e.budde@transparentdesign.de

ERIH European Route of Industrial Heritage e.V.
Project Manager: Heike Sturm
Am Striebruch 42 | 40668 Meerbusch | Germany
Tel. +49 2150 756496 | office@erih.net


This May 1st was a very special one: ‚WORK it OUT‘ made young people all around Europe dance - in celebration of our shared European industrial heritage. From Norway to Spain and from Belgium to Bulgaria, 32 ERIH sites were part of the event.

What was the programme like?

The day focused on the electronic dance performance ‚WORK it OUT - Day of Industrial Heritage‘, composed by 17-year-old musicians Paul Fanger and Paul Ostarek – Paul & Friends – and based on Beethoven's European anthem ‚Ode to Joy‘. The choreography of Hai Truong, dance studio Groove Dance Classes, translates repetitive movements of former workers into modern dance moves.

This kind of ‚industrial dance‘ did inspire children and particularly young people, who were the main target audience of ‚WORK it OUT‘ since it’s them who transfer the industrial heritage to the next generation. For them the dance performance was an opportunity to experience the legacy of the industrial age in a creative way – not only as a cool location but also as part of their own culture.

Over the past few weeks more than 3,000 children and young people have rehearsed ‚WORK it OUT‘ intensively. On 1 May at 3 pm sharp, they started to dance in smaller or larger groups, many of them dressed in black and equipped with the blue ‚WORK it OUT‘ cap as emblem and part of the performance. The participating ERIH locations combined the ERIH event with further visitor attractions.

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