This year Essen and the complete Ruhr region where we live over here in Germany is the European Capitol of Culture.
There will be lots of events during this year and many visitors from all over Europe are expected to come to these events in our region.
Focusing the off-beat character of the RUHR.2010 cultural capital year, the open-air event on Saturday, January 9, and Sunday, January 10, 2010 will deliver insight into the up-coming cultural highlights. RUHR.2010 and the new Ruhr Museum in the former coal-washing plant of the Zollverein colliery will celebrate their opening with a 2-day cultural festivity, that’s free of charge and open to the public following Grönemeyer’s anthem „Come to the Ruhr“. The gala event will be attended by the German President Horst Köhler, and the President of the European Commussion José Manuel Barroso. Germany’s former foreign minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher is also expected, as well as members of the RUHR.2010 board of trustees, Rita Süßmuth, German politician, Oliver Bierhoff, former soccer player and manager of the German national football team, and Sönke Wortmann, film director.
Approximately 100,000 visitors are expected during the RUHR.2010 opening weekend. A non-stop programme will be presented on the main open-air stage, featuring stars from the show business and live connections to different cities of the Ruhr Metropolis. All halls of the Zollverein colliery will be staging various artistic and entertainment programmes, giving a foretaste of the RUHR.2010 event highlights, including open-air Emscher Art, light art, theatre, dance and performance as well as singing. German national television will show the „Das Kleine Fernsehspiel“ television play "Zeche is nich. Sieben Blicke auf das Ruhrgebiet" ('No coal-mine. Seven views of the Ruhr area’) and a pre-view of the Tatort "Klassentreffen“, a special Ruhr edition of Germany’s popular Sunday evening crime series.
In four different stage areas of the Zollverein colliery over 50 large and small performances will be showcased. The grand-finale will be a large fireworks at 10:30 PM on Saturday, which will transform the industrial monument into a pulsating and fascinating cultural landscape. Starting at 11 PM, RUHR.2010 will be calling to an after-show party.
On Sunday, the grand opening continues by the opening of the new Ruhr Museum in the former Zollverein coal washing plant. Visitors will be able to see the permanent exhibition "Nature – Culture – History of the Ruhr“ free of charge. Under the motto „We are the Ruhr“. The Ruhr Museum will be celebrating its opening with a cabaret, comedy and musical programme, featuring famous artists like Hennes Bender, Hagen Rether, Frank Goosen, Piet Klocke, Fritz Eckenga, Stoppok and the Popolskis.
More to read and informations about this years events: http://www.essen-fuer-das-ruhrgebiet.ruhr2010.de/en/home.html