For the time of a night shift, from 6 p.m. on 30 June until 2 a.m. the next morning, the Ruhr area will be upside down. 2,000 artists and around 200,000 visitors will be celebrating a glittering festival of industrial heritage at 50 venues in 22 cities. A particular focus of ‚Extraschicht‘ number 18 is on the end of coal mining in Germany.
The night of industrial heritage will be opened by roughly 2,000 miners, marching bands and miners' choirs converging on Zollverein Mine and Coking Plant to celebrate the 13th German Miners' Day and entertain the audience with musical performances and folk groups wearing traditional miners‘ clothes. The Hannover Colliery LWL Industrial Museum invites visitors to take a musical journey through the history of mining and structural change in the Ruhr with the revue ‚From ‚Coal Pot‘ to Ruhr metropolitan area‘. An installation called ‚Symphony for Cyclonauts‘ at North Landscape Park in Duisburg looks back into the past of the central power station.
Once again, of course, there are special guided tours by former miners, cokers and steel workers, who share exciting stories of their former working life. In addition, ‚Extraschicht‘ traditionally offers a lot of creative and top-class entertainment, a variety of hands-on activities and a motley mix of extraordinary highlights – from comedy and cabaret to live acts, acrobatics, street theatre and spectacular laser shows and fire works.
The complete programme is available online, with search options for venues and themes. A mobility section provides detailed information on shuttle buses and cycle routes, and the faq section has a large scope of anwers as to the mega event – from ‚Can I bring my dog?‘ to ‚What happens in case of bad weather?‘.