Is industrial culture relevant to our everyday lives? Very much so, as demonstrated by the "Tage der Industriekultur Rhein-Main" (Days of Rhine-Main Industrial Culture). From 21 to 29 August, they will be focusing on all kinds of transport buildings and utility services - from tram depots to cycle highways and from communication networks to sewage treatment plants acting as virus early-warning systems. A total of 120 events offer exciting experiences for all ages, centred on industrial culture.
The focus is on specific facilities and sites that shaped the region and its people in a profound way and continue to do so to this day. For example, there is water as an important means of transport. 34 barrages, 33 of them featuring hydroelectric power stations, facilitate navigation on the Main federal waterway. Guided tours of the control centre at Kostheim barrage illustrate the region's interconnection from the Atlantic to the Black Sea.
"The Old Opel Plant – the 'head' of a world-class industrial ensemble" epitomises industrial culture as heart and soul of the region. A film documentary retraces the history of this extraordinary industrial site, with its striking buildings and rotating assembly lines deeply rooted in the DNA of the city of Rüsselsheim. A completely different tradition is recalled by the exhibition "Racing Bikes by Technobull" in the RadWerk museum in Klein-Auheim.
Another priority in the Rhine-Main region is aviation. In 1908, Germany's first airfield was built here, followed by the first international aircraft exhibition one year later. Other prominent examples are the Zeppelin Museum in Neu-Isenburg and Frankfurt Airport. As an artistic highlight of the Days of Industrial Culture, various artists will transform the industrial heritage into "sound art".