The city of Chemnitz is receiving 25 million euros each from the federal and state governments to support the European Capital of Culture 2025. This news was met with great joy by the city today.
Lord Mayor Sven Schulze said: “I am very grateful for the financial support pledged by the Federal Government and the Land, especially as the funding is more than expected. This not only provides the so 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 will trigger further messages of support and contributions from partners, so that the Capital of Culture programme can be implemented as planned with great radiance for Europe. I would like to thank all those in the federal and state governments who have committed themselves to this support, especially of course the team of Ferenc Csák, our project manager.
Ferenc Csák, project manager of the Capital of Culture application and head of the cultural office: “My team and I were delighted to hear this news. This message gives new energy for the great tasks that lie ahead.
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 of Science, Culture and Tourism and the Saxon State Chancellery.
I can say the same about the preparation of the funding by the Federal Government. Minister of State Monika Grütters has listened to the requests of the five German candidate cities and recognised how important it is that federal support is not only necessary in the Capital of Culture year 2025, but also in the preparatory years from 2021 to 2024.
The upcoming Kulturhauptstadt GmbH now has not only the task of administering the programme, but also of increasing the budget allocated to it. A solid basis has now been created for this. In this context, the projects with the region and, in the cross-border area, with the Czech Republic and Poland, for example, are of particular interest.