With the 4th Saxonian State Exhibition “500 Years of Industrial Culture in Saxony” (11th July-31st December 2020), the Free State of Saxony in Germany is organising, for the fourth time, a state-wide exhibition for the occasion of this anniversary. 

Throughout 2020, Saxony is celebrating its multifaceted industrial history. In this context, the Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony supports numerous projects throughout Saxony, organising meetings of the key players and organising cooperative events. The aim of the theme year is to convey the rich industrial heritage and its impact on the current and future development of the Saxon economy, because industrial culture shapes, lives and points to the future.

The days of industrial culture Chemnitz | Zwickau | The Erzgebirge (25th-27th September) are one of the highlights of the anniversary year.

For the first time, the event will take place not just in one place, but decentralised in different locations in the South West Saxony region. “BOOM. 500 years of industrial culture in Saxony” is an exciting journey through time over five eventful centuries of Saxon regional history. In the central exhibition in the Audi building in Zwickau, visitors can look back on the beginnings and main phases of the industrialisation of Saxony on over 2,500 sq m, venturing into the future of the Free State. At six other locations featuring in Saxon industrial history, visitors can experience industrial past, present and future at special exhibitions in authentic locations in Chemnitz, Zwickau, Freiberg, Oelsnitz / Erzgebirge and Crimmitschau.

As part of the event, the “RAW” Festival also takes place in the Saxon Industrial Museum in Chemnitz and in the Chemnitz-Hilbersdorf railway site, which are two sites of the state exhibition.

The industrial culture in Saxony encompasses a multitude of topics of our everyday life. Among other things, it describes the preservation and maintenance of industrial achievements and inventions that conquered the world from Saxony. In addition, it is the numerous industrial buildings that shape the landscape and urban development processes then as now, whether at an industrial production facility, cultural monument or an exciting event location. In addition, industrial culture offers the stable foundation for a growing industrial landscape and innovative branches of the economy such as the Saxon cultural and creative industries.


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