"We used the sounds of machines and systems, along with the hissing of the compressed air lines, and incorporated this into our jazz," explains Detlev Morawietz, from Gearbox Production Design in Kassel. He is the saxophonist of the twelve-man orchestra.
For the Volkswagen Human Resources department, the orchestra embodies Volkswagen’s cultural values. "Music is communication between equals. In order for it to work, we all have to work together in harmony. That’s exactly what we want to achieve at Volkswagen, too," says Ralph Linde. Real dialogs that cut straight through all levels of the hierarchy, an approachable atmosphere and the dissolution of power relationships – all that is what the Human Resources department wants to promote with its KulTour events at the plants this year. The starting shot will be fired on June 25 in hall 5 of the Wolfsburg plant. "The company management, Works Council, plant management and Human Resources will all be present at the events. We will also invite around 200 to 300 employees," says Linde.
Chairman of the General Works Council Bernd Osterloh welcomes KulTour: "The Works Council has been promoting the topic of company culture at all the sites for many years. This can be seen, for example, in the "Kulturköpfe" ("culture heads") campaign. If the company finally wakes up and starts moving in this direction, I welcome that. KulTour’s approach is just right: decentralized, dialog-oriented and cooperative."