The programme brings together citizens from all over Europe through making, creative work. From urban culture to tourism, from exchange among professionals to networking among amateurs, the range of making together extends.
e.g. Maker, Business & Arts MBA25
It is the extraordinary ideas that make companies successful today. For this reason, and because Chemnitz, like other industrial cities, is facing a structural change in industry, the programme brings together makers from art and business on an equal footing: Europeans from the cultural and creative industries, emerging and established companies, students and professional partners find new energy and creative strength in collaboration. With various “maker hubs” (e.g. Stadtwirtschaft) in Chemnitz and the region, an experimental network is being created that includes a competence programme for companies as well as a research and exchange programme for makers and a creative tourism programme that invites makers from all over Europe to explore the cultural heritage of the region with their own hands.
e.g. The Autodidacts
Without self-taught artists, the European art world would only be half as exciting. That is why the Kunstsammlung Chemnitz is dedicating a major exhibition series to them from 2022 to 2025: from Frida Kahlo to Henry van de Velde to Edvard Munch. All three exhibitions will experiment with artificial intelligence and create the art of the interacting exhibition visitor. Accompanying the exhibitions, the CC AIR artist-in-residence programme invites international self-taught artists in the fields of visual arts, music, literature and film – the residency is planned to run twice a year for three months from 2021.
Setting things in motion, initiating something, driving it forward – the European makers are on the move. Chemnitz2025 will take them to the region where the mining tradition and industrial history are proudly lived across national borders.
e.g. Purple Path
The art trail runs through the entire region around Chemnitz. Young artistic positions are presented at 28 permanent or temporary locations – and while hiking trails are marked yellow, red, blue or black depending on their level of difficulty, we introduce the new colour for art and entertainment: The Purple Path not only meanders through the surrounding countryside, but also through the past, present and future, reflecting on the history of the workers’ movement and the history of Wismut, initiating sustainable nature projects or dealing with the women of Hoheneck.
z. e.g. European Peace Tour
The most famous amateur cycling race in the East returns – and celebrates the region’s cycling enthusiasm. The race starts 80 years after the end of the Second World War in Pilsen (European Capital of Culture 2015), passes the corridor where the American troops met the Soviet troops in 1945 and ends after two days and 170 kilometres in Chemnitz. Not only teams of cyclists from former European Capitals of Culture are invited, but also cyclists from all over Europe, who will experience a broad cultural programme and Czech-German hospitality along the route.