Today the federal government of Saxony was assembled in Chemnitz  – for an external cabinet meeting. The main topic: The support of our application as European Capital of Culture by the Federal State.

The federal government of Saxony appreciates the candidacy of Chemnitz as European Capital of Culture 2025 unanimously, hence the federal government has developed a strategy paper, which indicates the possibilities for support of the candidacy by the different government departments. According to the different fields of work, it becomes apparent, this is not just a task of cultural policy, but that the title of European Capital of Culture is a great distinction. It also includes the fields of socio-political and urban development, awareness of European values, mobility concepts, interculturality and sustainability.

If we win the title, the Federal State of Saxony will provide a total amount of 20 million Euros in the years 2021 – 2025. Furthermore, the cooperation between all government departments and the representatives of the local government of the city of Chemnitz and the surrounding area will be intensified.

“The application for the European Capital of Culture is of great importance for the entire Federal State.”
Prime Minister of Saxony Michael Kretschmer

“We are now concentrating all our efforts on our candidate city to bring this title to Saxony. The application is strong in content, passionate and very promising” Federal Minister of Culture Barbara Klebsch

“We have a lot to tell
and at the same time we can learn a lot from Europe, for example in the field of digitialisation. There are also topics that occupy many of us in Europe: Involving citizens in urban development as a matter of course, for example, or strengthening democratic values in our daily lives.”
Lord Mayor Barbara Ludwig

Prime Minister of Saxony Michael Kretschmer and Federal Minister  for Culture and Tourism Barbara Klepsch met Ulrike Voigt and her “Nimm Platz”-project, “Die Buntmacher*innen” and numerous other civil society activists, gathered at the Brühl.

photos: Ernesto Uhlmann