Oberhausen

Oberhausen with its 200,000 inhabitants is located in the western Ruhr region and is – as most of the other municipalities within this region – in the midst of a transformational process from heavy industry to a service-based economy. Oberhausen’s development is unique in the Ruhr area due to the drastic change of the city structure through the contrasting development of two city centres: The Neue Mitte (new centre) including a technology centre and the shopping mall and event complex CentrO vs. the historical city centre “Alte Mitte” (old centre).

  • The city of Oberhausen

    Oberhausen with its 200,000 inhabitants is located in the western Ruhr region and is – as most of the other municipalities within this region – in the midst of a transformational process from heavy industry to a service-based economy. Oberhausen’s development is unique in the Ruhr area due to the drastic change of the city structure through the contrasting development of two city centres: The Neue Mitte (new centre) including a technology centre and the shopping mall and event complex CentrO vs. the historical city centre “Alte Mitte” (old centre). The city has made a virtue of necessity when the “Neue Mitte” took the clients away from the actual city centre and thereby destroying the retail sector: They attracted artists to the old centre with low rents which led to the settlement of interesting projects in and around the main station. The former water tower at the main station is the seat of the culture club kitev and the former post office is used as a creative space for “post_eins” by artist as members of FROK e.V.

    The Internationalen Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen (International Short Film Festival Oberhausen) founded in 1954 are also impetus-giving. They take place at different venues and contribute to the supraregional and international renown of the city. The Lichtburg and the Gloria-cinema in the central station district, as well as the Drucklufthaus, are amongst the most important venues of the renowned festival. Oberhausen can also profit from the geographical proximity of the Netherlands for cooperative projects.

     

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  • Creative.Quarter Oberhausen.Mitte

     

    Oberhausen’s downtown produces exciting creative projects: from the municipal side as well as from the independent scene. The Ebertbad’s portfolio with cabaret, comedy and variety and German-Polish culture pub Gdanska are both well known beyond city limits. In the old main post office, the Initiative Freie Oberhausener Kreativwirtschaft e.V. (FROK/Association of Independent Oberhausen Creative Industry) has taken up residence, offering work and synergy spaces to creatives from different genres at their post_eins quarter. Right next door, in the former central bank, vaults are being used as professional film studios.

    Amid this growing cultural landscape, the former water tower at the main station looms large as a special landmark. Where once steam trains got their fill of water and train drivers took up shelter for the night, there is now a cultural laboratory featuring work facilities for artists from all over Europe. The kitev (Kultur im Turm e.V./Culture in the tower) association developed the station tower within the renovation programme and turned it into a contemporary cultural incubator. The members also aided physically during the self-undertaken refurbishing. The tower lures cultural enthusiasts back into the “Alte Mitte” (“Old Centre”) with exhibitions, art and urban projects.

     

  • Contact

    WFO - Wirtschaftsförderung Oberhausen GmbH

    Essener Straße 51

    46047 Oberhausen

     

    Simone Pacholczak

    Phone: +49 (0) 208 850 361 1

    Fax: +49 (0) 208 850 361 0

    E-Mail: pacholczak(at)wfo-gmbh.de

    Internet: www.wfo-gmbh.de

     

     

    Stadt Oberhausen

    Kulturbüro der Stadt Oberhausen

    Gewerkschaftsstraße 76-78

    46042 Oberhausen

     

    Volker Buchloh

    Phone: +49 (0) 208 825 202 9

    Fax: +49 (0) 208 825 542 0

    E-Mail: volker.buchloh(at)oberhausen.de

    Internet: www.oberhausen.de