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Former steel site to be reclaimed by creative industries
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Former steel site to be reclaimed by creative industries

27.11.2013 From our online archive
Some of ArcelorMittal's empty buildings in Differdange are getting a new lease of life as a creative hub for artists.

Some of ArcelorMittal's empty buildings in Differdange are getting a new lease of life as a creative hub for artists.

The project, which is known as 1535°C, will officially open its doors for the first phase in March 2014.

"Our goal here is to bring together a creative community that will share common areas but also exchange ideas and skills by focusing on creativity and innovation," explained project manager Tania Brugnoni.

The concept has sparked a wave of interest with 120 applications submitted for the 40 work spaces to be made available by the end of 2014. Of that number, around a half are being seriously considered.

These include predominantly communications agencies, video producers, a publisher of children's books, an architect and a photographer.

Other activities the space could lend itself to include visual arts and crafts, design, music and film, digital games and software, media and communication technologies.

Differdange commune has reportedly signed a 30-year lease with site owners ArcelorMittal, valued at 900,000 euros in order for the project to go ahead.

Reporting by Marie-Laure Rolland.