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ERIH WORK it OUT Song 2019 by Paul & Friends


The 2nd time: Even bigger!

More than 5,000 young people, 40 industrial heritage sites, 12European 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.

Let's dance again in 2020!

The ERIH Work-it-Out 2019 Composite

For any questions or enquiries please 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


Art Casting Museum. Lauchhammer (D)
Baruth Glassmaking Village. Baruth (D)
Bursledon Brick Works Industrial Museum. Southampton (GB)
Cromford Mills. Cromford (GB)
Culture Brewery. Berlin (D)
Dolni Vitkovice. Ostrava (CZ)
FLAME Gasworks Museum. Carrickfergus (GB)
Fundación CV Patrimonio Industrial Puerto de Sagunto. Sagunto (E)
Fröndenberg Chain Forge. Fröndenberg (D)
Grimeton Radio Station WHS. Grimeton (S)
Hansa Coking Plant. Dortmund (D)
Historic Silver Mine World Heritage Site. Tarnowskie Góry (PL)
Hendrichs Drop Forge LVR Industrial Museum. Solingen (D)
Ignacy Historic Mine. Rybnik (PL)
Knappenrode Energy Factory. Hoyerswerda (D)
Königshain Granit Quarrying Museum. Königshain (D)
Lage Brickworks LWL Industrial Museum. Lage (D)
Lauchhammer Biotowers. Lauchhammer (D)
Le Bois du Cazier World Heritage Site. Marcinelle (B)
Leon Wyczółkowski District Museum | Exploseum. Bydgoszcz (PL)
Līgatne Culture and Tourism Center. Līgatne (LV)
Margarethenhütte Electrical Porcelain Museum. Großdubra (D)
Mildenberg Brick Works Park. Zehdenick (D)
Museum Nord. Narvik (N)
Museum Oederan 'The Weaving'. Oederan (D)
Museum of Industry. Gent (B)
musil – Museum of Industry and Labour of Brescia. Brescia (I)
Nikiszowiec Settlement. Katowice (PL)
Old Mine Science and Art Centre. Wałbrzych (PL)
Pilner Urquell Brewery. Pilsen (CZ)
'Polska' Mine Hoist Towers. Świętochłowice (PL)
Port Sunlight Village. Port Sunlight (GB)
'South Mining and Processing Plant' Quarry. Kryvyi Rih (UA)
Stará Čistírna Old Waste Water Treatment Plant. Prague (CZ)
Völklingen Iron Works World Heritage Site. Völklingen (D)
Walcownia Zink Rolling Mill. Katowice (PL)
Westphalian Salt Experience. Bad Sassendorf (D)


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.

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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