Birth of KIRCHHOFF Culture Life with visit to documenta exhibition and Fanta 4 concert
With the two kick-off events in summer 2017, the foundation was set for KIRCHHOFF Culture Life’s cultural initiative. In August, 20 employees, together with members of the Kirchhoff family, travelled to Kassel for the documenta, the world’s most important exhibition of modern art. One month later, the lucky winners of the VIP tickets celebrated with 9,000 fans at the sold out, spectacular concert of the “Fantastischen Vier” in the Sauerlandpark Hemer, Germany.
A successful Blind Date at the first “Culture Attack” afternoon
“Many surprises”, “an unforgettable afternoon”, “music, art, exhibitions, delicacies, drinks” – these were the promises leading up to the “Culture Attack”. What exactly awaited the visitors remained a secret until the event start. Around 350 employees from Attendorn and their families had come to the first cultural afternoon in the Stadthalle. There they experienced a performance from the KIRCHHOFF Choir, well-known musicians and a hands on approach to joining in the musical fun. The conclusion of the afternoon – a complete success!
Discovering the change of colours, impressions, moods & seasonal cuisine together
A total of three 2.5 x 1.8 m canvases were designed with the artist Katja Oelmann during a live painting event. In the end it was clear that the paintings symbolized – “A unique and great experience that welded together!
“Cooking with Jochen” focused on a shared cooking experience with professional chef Jochen Brandt, in which the participants prepared a three-course menu with seasonal delicacies.
The “Culture Attack” afternoon event starts its European tour in Poland and Hungary.
The major event that took place in October at our plant in Gliwice, Poland, and in November for Esztergom, Hungary, inspired hundreds of spectators. The initial program adapted to the country and its people as it traveled – top-class artists performed together with local acts. Any initial scepticism vanished quickly, the audience was on fire within a few minutes. The start of the “Culture Attack” European tour was a complete success, which made the anticipation for the following events grow.
Impressive start to the new year with “Culture Attack” & Photo Workshops.
The year started for the staff in Iserlohn, Germany with drums, singing and impressive sounds. “Culture Attack” once again carried the audience away with its performances.
In addition, a photo workshop was launched at the German locations. The campaign, which works alongside employees throughout the year, involves a professional photographer helping to design a photo calendar as a Christmas present for the workforce.
The First Sporting Events: Relax with Business Yoga and Do Something Good for the Body
KIRCHHOFF Culture Life kicked off its first sporting activity with Business Yoga in Iserlohn and Attendorn, Germany. In a cosy atmosphere, yoga teachers guided the participants through abdominal, back and shoulder exercises. In combination with final deep relaxation exercises, yoga promotes the health and well-being of the workforce. It was an overall great activity to counter desk work or operational jobs. In the future, further sporting events such as Taekwondo will follow.
“Culture Attack” Inspires Creativity During Live Painting Action in Portugal & Hungary
The employees from Portugal had a lot of fun at the spontaneous cultural event, Culture Attack. They enthusiastically drummed with the musicians of Drum Conversation and celebrated the afternoon together in a beautiful atmosphere.
In Hungary, the employees swung brushes, rollers and cloths to create abstract art together on a huge canvas. The many smiling faces at the event spoke for themselves.
Already almost 8.000 trees planted
– and there are more planned! After Iserlohn and Osterholz-Scharmbeck, the third KIRCHHOFF Culture Life tree planting event took place in Attendorn and Wiesbaden on November 21 and the fourth on November 28. Originally, the events were planned as an employee campaign. However, due to the COVID-19 partial lockdown in the state, the local tree nursery Küch had to take over the planting of 1785 forest plants in the city forest of Attendorn.
A Lot is Planned for the Future
KIRCHHOFF Culture Life is a versatile, lively cultural programme that is constantly evolving.
Thomas Kirchhoff is therefore already planning many more events for KIRCHHOFF Culture Life – naturally also for those countries with KIRCHHOFF Automotive locations where no events have taken place yet.