Industrial Heritage in Saxony

Industrial Heritage in Saxony


Mission Statement

Saxony is the state of industry and heritage in the center of Europe.
Industrial heritage strengthens the sense of homeland and heritage. It furthers civil society and the business location of Saxony. Industrial heritage is integral to our cultural memory. It contributes to cultural education and tourism development.
Industrial heritage is constantly changing. The Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen (Cultural Foundation of the Free State of Saxony) is actively helping shape this change. It provides information, networks, and supports industrial heritage as a statewide issue on behalf of the government.
Industrial heritage unites.


Year of Industrial Heritage 2020

The Free State of Saxony proclaimed 2020 the Year of Industrial Heritage. Numerous associations, institutions and individuals are involved in this anniversary year. The Jahr der Industriekultur 2020 wordmark logo is available for joint marketing of all industrial cultural projects. The Koordinierungsstelle Sächsische Industriekultur (Saxon Industrial Heritage Liaison Office) is lead managing the themed year for the Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen.

As of 2019, the Kulturstiftung des Freistaates Sachsen’s grant program for industrial cultural projects was raised for two years. Instead of the previous € 150,000 per year, € 300.000 per year were included in the 2019/2020 budget. Event formats, programs and awards for 2020 are also geared specifically toward the theme of industrial heritage. Speaking about the preparations for the Year of Industrial Heritage 2020 at the kick-off event in Chemnitz on November 20, 2018, Minister of Arts Dr. Eva-Maria Stange said, “Become active! Only when everybody – Saxon Industrial Heritage buffs, experts and organizers – contributes their ideas will it be possible to bring industrial heritage to life engagingly and vividly with the themed year 2020. We want to make our rich industrial history, its influence on the people living in our Free State and the capabilities for our society’s future development accessible to the public“.


Fields of Activity

Since industrial heritage touches on a multitude of fields and issues, it is best imagined from a 360-degree perspective covering numerous fields of activity:

Government and civil society

Travel and tourism

Art and design

Urban planning and built environments

Education and schools

Economy and work

Region and environment

Energy and transportation

Archives and museums

Cultural heritage and historic preservation



Discover Saxon industrial heritage at fascinating locations all over Saxony!


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