Living neighbourhood: planting, learning and celebrating together 

The new concept for one of the main projects in the Chemnitz 2025 programme focuses on personal initiative and participation.

As part of the Living Neighbourhood programme, one of the main projects for the Capital of Culture 2025, Chemnitz residents are being encouraged to take part in neighbourhood initiatives in their immediate living and working environment to make their city greener. Increasing heat and drought are becoming a challenge for people and plants in cities. What is needed are future models for green cities, in which residents are actively involved.

Planting activities are at the heart of the new concept for the Living Neighbourhood project, initiated, planned and implemented by various stakeholders. Institutions, educational organisations, associations and other stakeholders have been and will be actively approached to organise planting activities independently or in cooperation.

Chemnitz 2025 GmbH sees itself as the driving force, providing support with coordination and financing. The aim is to motivate many different actors from civil society to participate in this project – be it with an individual action or a citywide activity, depending on their individual needs and possibilities.

Four major planting events are planned for the spring and autumn of 2024 and 2025. These are assigned to different themes and also include thematic educational programmes and artistic activities.

The new concept for the Capital of Culture Living Neighbourhood project was developed with the participation of various partners, including the City of Chemnitz, 205 schools, allotment garden associations and allotment gardens, the Chemnitz school model, an all-day school with a special profile open to the city, the 6 parishes of the church, the Chemnitz University of Technology and various housing associations. Discussions with these groups will continue. The stakeholders organise their activities on their own initiative with the support of Chemnitz 2025 GmbH.

The main objectives of the Living Neighbourhood project

The main objectives of the Living Neighbourhood project are as follows:

  • Participation through personal initiative
  • Activation of partnerships
  • Addressing biodiversity, plant diversity and climate change
  • Initiating educational programmes on environmental and climate issues and urban design.

Four main themes will guide the content of the Living Neighbourhood Project throughout the years 2024 and 2025.

On selected dates in the spring and autumn of 2024 and 2025 Chemnitz 2025 GmbH and its partners will organise joint activities. The content is based on a respective main theme.

The activities include:

  • plantings
  • educational programmes
  • artistic activities

The main themes of Living Neighbourhood

Photos: Ernesto Uhlmann