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WORK it OUT Song 2020

(Music & text: FROST-E)

Choreography ERIH WORK it OUT 2020

In these uncertain times ERIH wants to set once again a sign for European cooperation and dance together. After the cancellation on May 1st, we are going to realise WORK it OUT in autumn and this time also organise it as a digital event.

The date is Sunday, 13th September 2020, 2-3.30 pm (CET) (European Heritage Days / Day of Open Monuments in many countries), again there is some flexibilty of the date subject to local or national requirements.

This means that WORK it OUT is again done at 35 ERIH member sites in Europe. As in previous years, the dance at 3 pm will be recorded on video at the sites and then be published on YouTube and Facebook by ERIH. ERIH will also again produce a video compilation of all participating locations. New is that starting at 2pm we will host a live stream on our Social Wall of the event from a central location. Besides the live stream of the dance there will be interviews with local partners, live broadcasts as well as video recordings of preparations and rehearsals.
ERIH Work it Out Social Wall

In the meantime you can enjoy the music by FROST-E. If you want to train the dance in the meantime, have a look at the
Tutorial Video.



WORK it OUT was first launched in 2018, the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Everywhere on the continent, this join-in event made young people all around Europe dance – in and in front of impressive industrial settings.

On 13 September there will be dancing again. For the 3rd time, WORK it OUT will be showcasing industrial monuments and museums as exciting event locations. Together they constitute the largest tourist network on industrial culture in Europe: ERIH - European Route of Industrial Heritage.


The industrialization of Europe shapes our lives until today: no car without steam engine, no computer without electrification, no medical progress without laboratories.

Also for young Europeans these correlations are fascinating – and may even be the deciding factor in their choice of career. With WORK it OUT, ERIH pushes hard to inspire young people to discover their shared industrial legacy.


13 September 2020 is WORK it OUT Day: Under pithead gears, in engine halls, in front of technical giants of the past ERIH will start its third continental dance event – with newly arranged music and choreography!

Starring: dozens of ERIH sites from Norway to Spain and from Belgium to Ukraine. With special programmes they will turn the European Heritage Day / Day of Open Monuments into a celebration of European industrial heritage.


At 3 pm (CET) sharp on 13 September 2019, hundreds of dance groups all over Europe will jointly start their WORK it OUT. Also the visitors will join in the dancing, since the dance is easy to learn. The shared experience is a creative way to bring industrial culture to life.


The social media spread the dance event live – not least thanks to you. Television, radio and print media will also be there.


Local PE teachers and project managers can field pupils and teenager groups. Also dance groups from clubs, workforces, friends and of course dancing schools are warmly welcome to take part.

After receiving your application, we will send you a video tutorial for the dance performance. Don’t be scared – don’t be scared, it’s not complicated. The music is included in the dance kit, coming along – as a bonus – with a “Worker’s Cap” with the event’s logo and colours.


By the way: social media freaks who prefer to upload pictures of the event rather than dance are also warmly invited. Put the focus on your dancing friends and share plenty of photos and videos!


Why? Because it’s fun and because there are awards to win for the three locations ranking highest. So the more likes you gain from 23.9. to 30.9. on Facebook, the more likely the award will fund your club or your school’s support association.

In the end everyone will benefit from it. Because no matter how you take part: on this day of industrial heritage you will get Europe moving!


Añana Salt Valley. Salinas de Añana (E)  
Art Casting Museum. Lauchhammer (D) 
Baruth Glassmaking Village. Baruth (D) 
Bizkaia Bridge. Getxo (E)
Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum. Southampton (GB)
Centrum Kultury Śląskiej at former 'Polska' Mine. Świętochłowice (PL) 
Chainforge Museum. Fröndenberg (D)
Culture Brewery. Berlin (D)
El Pobal Ironworks. Muskiz (E)  
Fundación CV Patrimonio Industrial Puerto de Sagunto. Sagunto (E)  
Hall of the Century Bochum. Bochum (D) 
Henrichshütte Steelworks LWL Industrial Museum. Hattingen (D)
Herrmannschacht Briquette Factory. Zeitz (D)
Historic Silver Mine World Heritage Site. Tarnowskie Góry (PL)
Königshain Granit Quarrying Museum. Königshain (D) 
La Encartada Fabrika-Museoa. Balmaseda (E)
Lage Brickworks LWL Industrial Museum. Lage (D)
Le Bois du Cazier World Heritage Site. Marcinelle (B) 
Mining Museum of the Basque Country. Abanto-Zierbena (E)
Museum Nord. Narvik (N)
Museum of Metallurgy. Chorzów (PL) 
Museum of Work. Hamburg (D)
Museum Oederan 'The Weaving'. Oederan (D) 
Nikiszowiec Settlement. Katowice (PL)
Old Mine Science and Art Centre. Wałbrzych (PL)
Prince's Arsenal. Kragujevac (RS)  
'Queen Louise" Adit. Zabrze (PL)
Railway Museum of Silesia. Jaworzyna Śląska (PL) 
Samuño Valley Mining Ecomuseum. Langreo (E)
'South Mining and Processing Plant' Quarry. Kryvyi Rih (UA)  
Stará Čistírna Old Waste Water Treatment Plant. Prague (CZ)
State Garden Exhibition Park | Graduation Tower. Bad Dürrenberg (D)
Westphalian Salt Experience. Bad Sassendorf (D)
Worker's Settlement Finicus. Ruda Śląska (PL)


More than 5,000 young people, 40 industrial heritage sites, 12 European countries, 1 dance – that’s the success of WORK it OUT 2019. The second edition of 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" entered the second round. At 3 p.m. visitors of different age performed the “WORK-it-OUT” dance. They wore coloured workers´ caps (provided by ERIH) and danced together. All spectators were invited to dance the easy-to-learn choreography and join.

Everybody who likes to move joined. Our member sites cooperated again with schools, dance classes, sports clubs etc. in their area. Young and old danced and the motto was: It does not have to be perfect, it should be fun!

And it was! Photos and videos of the dance performance were posted on social media, the performances were shared and published. The result is a creative and unique performance of our common European Industrial Heritage. Even more ERIH sites joined in the second edition and the public awareness, the media coverage and the overall success was even bigger for all participants and for the industrial heritage.

The ERIH Work-it-Out 2019 Composite Video

More information, photos and videos at our
Social Wall "WORK it OUT" 2019
Photo and video gallery



May 1st, 2018 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.

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.

The ERIH Work-it-Out 2018 Composite Video

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