ecce at the Dortmunder U
The former fermenting and storage house of the Dortmunder Union Breweries, long protected as a historic monument, has been transformed into the "Dortmunder U - Centre for Art and Creativity". In a unique mixture of art, research, cultural education and creative industry, events, exhibitions and various cultural offerings are presented here to a broad public in an inclusive cultural concept.
The centre is based on cooperation between various users of the U-tower building: the Museum Ostwall, the Hartware MedienKunstVerein, the Cultural Office of the City of Dortmund, the Dortmund University of Applied Sciences and Arts, the Technical University of Dortmund, the european centre for creative economy and the association U Cinema, which will run the RWE Forum. Culinary offerings are provided on floor U7 in the restaurant View. "Flying Pictures" - film installations by Adolf Winkelmann are presented in the foyer, on the walls and under the roof. As a centre of international calibre in Dortmund, the Ruhr metropolis and North Rhine-Westphalia, the Dortmunder U is a partner for regional and international projects alike.
The european centre for creative economy was already part of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia's thinking on the revitalisation and use of the Dortmunder U back in 2008. In December 2009 ecce moved to the Friedensplatz in Dortmund as an institute of RUHR.2010 and in April 2011 the offices of ecce at the Dortmunder U were opened by the Minister of Culture of NRW, Ute Schäfer, the mayor of Dortmund, Ullrich Sierau, and Prof. Dr. Oliver Scheytt, CEO of RUHR.2010 GmbH.
The Dortmunder U with its many institutions is a home of choice for ecce. The partners in the Dortmunder U firmly believe that interaction leads to innovations that help to shape the future. Disciplines often overlap at their borders, giving rise to innovations that are economically or socially important. This is also true for many branches of culture and creativity - from design, literature and architecture through to dance.
For ecce the Dortmunder U is a place for exemplary projects and model solutions that can move things forward in Dortmund and beyond.