The City of Chemnitz will receive 25 million euros each from the federal and state governments to support the European Capital of Culture 2025 project. This news was met with great joy by the city today.
Mayor Sven Schulze: “I am very grateful for the pledges of financial support from the federal and state governments, especially as the funding goes beyond the expected scope. This not only provides the all-important security in the planning of the Capital of Culture project. For me, it is a sign of recognition and confidence in the work here in Chemnitz.”
Mayor of Culture Ralph Burghart is also pleased about this support: “I am sure that the funds from the federal government and the Free State of Saxony will trigger further messages of support and contributions from partners so that the Capital of Culture programme can be implemented as planned with great charisma for Europe. I would like to thank everyone at federal and state level for this support, especially of course the team of Ferenc Csák, our project manager.”
Ferenc Csák, project leader of the Capital of Culture application and head of the office of the Cultural Affairs Department: “My team and I were extremely happy about this news. This message gives us new energy for the big tasks ahead of us.
The promise of financial support from the Free State of Saxony is the result of good preparatory work in recent years together with the Saxon State Ministry for Science, Culture and Tourism and the Saxon State Chancellery.
I can say the same about the preparation of funding on the part of the federal government. Minister of State Monika Grütters has listened to the pleas of the five German candidate cities and recognised how important it is that federal support is needed not only in the Capital of Culture year 2025, but just as much in the preparatory years from 2021 to 2024.
The upcoming Capital of Culture GmbH now has the task not only of administering, but also of increasing the budget that has been given to it. A solid basis has now been created for this. In this context, for example, the projects with the region and in the cross-border area with the Czech Republic and Poland are of particular interest.”