The first Blühwiesenfest (flowering meadow festival) now took place where prefabricated buildings once stood: On 11 August, the square on Wenzel-Verner-Straße was transformed into a colourful festival site.

Last year, various partners in Chemnitz started the first city-wide flowering meadow campaign as part of the application for the European Capital of Culture 2025. Together with Grünflächenamt der Stadt Chemnitz, Chemnitzer Wirtschaftsförderungs- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH (CWE) and many housing cooperatives set out to sow visually appealing urban greenery. Of course, this was only possible with the help of many residents. This year they have doubled the areas and show all the more at 32 locations: Capital of Culture begins right on your doorstep.

Children found ample opportunity to let the children run wild at the first Blühwiesenfest, visitors discussed and marvelled at the flowers together, and also had the opportunity to make new acquaintances. Across generations, the meadows succeeded in being a place of encounter and joy. A lively exchange on the topic of the Capital of Culture was just as much a part of the festival as a casual get-together.

A highlight for many residents and guests was the guided tour through the airport building. Urban researcher and author Norbert Engst accompanied his explanations with exciting anecdotes about the area and later said: “I’m thrilled about the response to the tour and the interest in the history of the Heckert area.” Thanks in part to the good weather, the Blühwiesenfest was a successful celebration that brought many people together. Two more festivals are planned for later in the year, pandemic conditions permitting.

Who actually had the idea for the flowering meadows and how the meadows look right now? A recent report from MDR Sachsenspiegel reveals the answer.

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Photos: Ernesto Uhlmann