ENOVA receives the KulturKontakte award 2019
“Business and culture in dialogue” – the guiding principle of Kultur-Kontakte precisely meets the cultural and social commitment of the ENOVA Group in the small village Bunderhee near the German-Dutch border.
Graduate physicist Helmuth Brümmer is a pioneer of wind energy. He early recognised that wind inspires an entire industrial sector. In only 30 years, the two-man company ENOVA grew into an outstanding medium-sized family business with 40 employees. In 1996, ENOVA sets an example for the energy revolution with the first wind farm in the district of Leer.
“With our sponsoring, we promote voluntary work in addition to culture and architecture and don’t look for an added value in terms of business management” – this is how Helmuth Brümmer describes the wide-ranging commitment. It ranges from spectacular lighthouse projects, such as the final concert of the “Gezeitenkonzerte” in the company’s own “Polderhof” to donations of money and goods for volunteer fire brigades, kindergartens, schools, hospice houses in Leer or youth camps and others.
The Conservation of the East Frisian building culture has become a big matter. Many historic village buildings give way to cold modern functional buildings. Helmuth Brümmer, on the other hand, undauntedly sets different accents, combining traditional and contemporary utility – for example his own company building from 1887, East Frisian farmhouses, community centres or the Bunde railway station from 1870. ENOVA builds modern windmills in the landscape, but also saves old mills from ruin, which are part of the image of East Frisia, for example in Bunde, Jemgum or Neermoor.
ENOVA spreads its commitment in order to do good to as many groups as possible. The local sports club TV Bunde, the Reit- und Fahrverein Rheiderland and the disabled sports are happy about this. Also his personal hobby, the breeding of Frisian horses, a recognized European cultural asset.
The initiative was first launched in 2001 by the district government in Lüneburg. In 2004, the prize celebrated its premiere, recognizing the special commitment of the business community to culture. Later on, the “KulturKontakte” were extended to the whole of Lower Saxony and have since been held annually in other communities. The most recent hosts were Lüneburg (2016), Goslar (2017) and Sulingen (2018).
KulturKontakte is a Community Initiative of the State of Lower Saxony with the Braunschweig-Lüneburg-Stade Chamber of Crafts and the Chambers of Industry and Commerce in Stade and Lüneburg-Wolfsburg.
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