According to recent government findings, Germany's cultural sector accounts for 2.6 percent of the country's gross domestic product. That puts it roughly on a par with the chemical and automotive industry.In 2008, Germany's cultural sector had a turnover of 132 billion Euros. The sector employs over a million people. In these times of financial uncertainty, economists are keen to investigate sectors that aren't struggling for survival, in an attempt to understand the secret of their success. A dozen international business journalists decided to come to Germany and check things out. Our reporter Joachim Eggers joined the group in Hamburg. First stop was the ballet workshop of renowned choreographer John Neumaier.