On the weekend the year of Essen and the Ruhr valley being the European capitol of culture this year was officially opened with a big event, attended by the German president and other officials but also attended by many people living in this region.
Found this really interesting video in English about this years events and about the region we live. Even Bochum is also mentioned in there. So enjoy watching it and feel a little bit at home.
Video about our home area, the Ruhr valley and its events this year as European capitol of culture: