As an industrial monument, the Alter Gasometer is not only a point of interest in the middle of the city of Zwickau, it also gives the most diverse forms of events an unmistakable face. The extraordinary architecture offers an unforgettable setting for concerts, theatre performances, festivals and celebrations, meetings and conferences or, readings and art house cinema.

The history of our association Alter Gasometer began its development in autumn 1989. Today, it represents a high-quality and diverse program with its focus on youth work, democracy work and cultural work. Education and participation are key elements.

Furthermore we are not only present in our central location, the Kleine Biergasse. Since 2015, we have been operating the Historic Village in Zwickau Schedewitz in cooperation with the Diakonie Stadtmission Zwickau. Starting in 2019, we became even more involved in rural areas – since then our street workers support the cities of Crimmitschau, Kirchberg, Mülsen and Wilkau-Haßlau. Since July 2020, we take care of the youth club in the city of Kirchberg. In addition, we are organizing various events in public spaces for or with partners.

What does socio-cultural center stand for? We want to show that our work is an approach that offers a free space for people of different ages, origins as well as diverging views of life. Differences shall not be recognized as divisive, but as motivating and enriching.

Such a project requires the commitment of many people: full-time or voluntary employees, association members, guests at events or course participants. We are a strong community and always open and interested in you and your ideas – so simply join us.


The description as a socio-cultural center wants to make it clear that it’s about an approach that offers people of different ages, different origins, different views of life and beliefs a free space. Differences should not be recognized as divisive, but as stimulating and enriching. Cultural, social, educational and other contents demonstrate an integral orientation.

Contrary to the increasing consumer behavior, socio-cultural centers want to enable a high degree of co-determination and co-creation. The offers arise from the needs of the users, They process everyday social life, they provide a framework for testing and experimentation, and thus influence the community itself.

This orientation in terms of content also means that our achievements do not present a final form, but are subject of constant change.

Legal form

The association Alter Gasometer e. V. was registered on 15 July 1997 under number VR 71258 in the register of associations of the district court Chemnitz. According to the merger agreement of 19 February 2002 it is the legal successor of the founding association BUNTES ZENTRUM (from 1992) or FRIEDENSZENTRUM (1989). The registered association acts within the meaning of the association law according to the German Civil Code.


The board manages the business of the association and its assets.


The board was last elected in September 2021 for a period of two years. Its current members are: Sebastian Dietzsch (chairman of the association), Dr. Martin Böttger (deputy) and Christian Dzierzon (treasurer).

The authorized managing director is an advisory member of the board and special representative of the association within the meaning of §30 BGB.


If children and adolescents, social affairs and education as well as art and culture wake your interest, then the Alter Gasometer e. V. offers many opportunities to pursue or support these interests. Young people and adults may actively participate in all areas, develop and implement projects themselves, as well as contribute to the socio-cultural center of the Zwickau region with their suggestions and experiences.

You can become a full member actively participatinge in all decisions of the association and takinge your time for voluntary work. Or you consider the work and goals of the association important, but do not have enough time for voluntary work – then the supporting membership would be the right thing for you.


  • you morally and financially support the work of the association and thus commit yourself to the socio-cultural center of the Zwickau region
  • you regularly invited to special activities of the association
  • you will receive a ticket discount for selected events
  • you can use certain rooms and technology at a reduced price
  • and much more…

Ehrenamtliches Engagement in unserem Verein

VOLUNTARY COMMITMENT IN OUR ASSOCIATION The association Alter Gasometer e. V. is pleased about voluntary commitment in a wide variety of working fields and projects. Whether as a volunteer in the context of a FSJ (federal voluntary service), whether as a volunteer in the projects of our working fields (cultural work, democracy work and youth work) or as a multiplier in our offers of cultural education. Or as a time donor in our projects such as the “Historical Village” or the “Jugendbuffet Zwickau”. The fields of activity of our association offer a variety of opportunities for civic engagement.

We think there are good reasons for volunteering…

  • Helping is simply fun – and fun makes you happy
  • Volunteering creates meaning, self-determination and support
  • Volunteering strengthens the sense of community and awakens team spirit
  • Volunteering strengthens self-confidence
  • Volunteering improves our social skills
  • Being actively involved in the world makes you happy
  • Those who give a lot also get a lot back

… talk to us, we look forward to seeing you.