L-R: John Lorent, Mayor of Kayl; Sam Tanson, Minister of Culture; Marlène Kreins, Co-President of Industriekultur-CNCI asbl; Misch Feinen, Co-President of Industriekultur-CNCI; Lynn Reiter, Co-Treasurer of Industriekultur-CNCI; Credit: UP

On Monday, Luxembourg's Minister of Culture, Sam Tanson, met with representatives of the not-for-profit association "Industriekultur - CNCI" in Tétange to sign a new agreement related to the future National Centre for Industrial Culture (CNCI).

The Industriekultur - CNCI is committed to representing the common interests of the industrial culture sector on behalf of the cultural sector, partners and public decision-makers. The association will promote the protection and promotion of industrial cultural heritage, while aiming to bring together those concerned. In return, the State has committed €50,000 to the financing of the execution of these missions.

While the concept of ​​a National Centre for Industrial Culture dates back to the 1990s, representatives of Industriekultur - CNCI presented their renewed concept after consulting organisations and exemplary networks at the international level. The CNCI will act as a centre of expertise for national industrial heritage, of networking existing structures and of setting up new initiatives to raise awareness of industrial heritage. The centre will be in charge of working with information, documentation, mediation, communication and research around this heritage.

The concept provides for the development of the CNCI in stages. In a first phase, the launch is planned for the European Capital of Culture 2022 near the blast furnace site in Belval, followed by a phase of professionalisation and the creation of a central location in the years to follow.

The signing of this new agreement took part within the framework of the implementation of the "Kulturentwécklungsplang 1.0" (cultural development plan). 

Industriekultur-CNCI was created in June 2019 to promote the foreshadowing and the creation of an umbrella structure bringing together museums and other organisations devoted to the promotion of industrial heritage in Luxembourg.