WE ARE BIDDING FOR EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE – NÜRNBERG 2025
Nürnberg is applying for the title of 2025 European Capital of Culture. This title has been awarded annually by the European Union since 1985. In 2025, Germany will take its turn as the host country – several cities are presently in the running. We want to host the most important cultural project to take place in Germany over the next few years. Using the means of art and culture, we want to find answers to urgent problems of our time, further grow Nürnberg and the region, and highlight the diversity and commonalities of cultural heritage in Europe. The aim is a better understanding and the togetherness of all people in Europe.Flyer
Nürnberg has gotten its first bid book for the title of European Capital of Culture 2025 off the ground and submitted it to the Kulturstiftung der Länder in Berlin. The creation of the bid book was an intense process involving many people’s collaboration: citizens of Nürnberg, artists from Nürnberg and the Europäische Metropolregion Nürnberg, initiatives, associations and organisations in Nürnberg and the region, experts from a wide range of topics and, not least, employees of the city administration. Using the means of art and culture, we seek answers to important questions about the future of our city and of Europe and hope to offer the people of Nürnberg and all its visitors a colourful, gripping and exciting year.bid book
What is Nürnberg? Is it bratwurst, gingerbread and Dürer? Is it a medieval city, the city of the Nazi party rallies, a centre of knowledge and research, a city of human rights? And what will Nürnberg look like in the future? Nürnberg represents the highs and lows of European history like no other city. How do we want to treat this legacy when today almost half of all Nürnbergers have an international history? The European Capital of Culture 2025 is the opportunity for Nürnberg to look to the future and to dare to do something new – without forgetting the past. PAST FORWARD!
THE THREE TOPICS
Historical amnesia is fatal, especially in times when democratic values are becoming more brittle. Similarly, we mustn’t put the past in the museums or idealise it. Both actions obscure our view of the present and the future. We’ll embrace our historical heritage and focus on the injustices of today: Racism, discrimination, and marginalisation are part of everyday reality. Humans should be at the centre of attention: togetherness, participation, equal opportunities, human rights.
Behaim’s globe, Dürer’s celestial maps, the oldest art academy, Nürnberg the toy city: Working, learning, and playing shaped the city and region for centuries and they still do. We ask how we can lead meaningful, productive, and good lives in future and face technological, digital and cultural challenges. A city of visionaries, researchers, and artists should use its DNA to become a creative laboratory for work, experimentation, play, and art.
Today, Nürnberg is an ultra-diverse city with great social disparities and challenges. Fears are being exploited throughout Europe, isolationism and secessionism are on the rise – many of Europe’s edges are crumbling. Nürnberg declares togetherness its goal and asks how community can be secured and promoted fairly in the future. The focus is on social interaction, transculturalism, and sustainability. The city belongs to all of us – let’s shape it together!
In order to include critical viewpoints, important stimuli and international expertise from outside in Nürnberg’s bid for the title of European Capital of Culture in 2025, the City of Nürnberg created an advisory committee. Ten renowned experts are supporting the bid with their knowledge and experience.The advisory committee serves as a discussion forum and oversees Nürnberg’s bid process. The members act as consultants and contribute their specific expertise, in particular with regard to the pivotal artistic projects.
Christine M. Merkel
Prof. Dr. Jochen Sander
Prof. Dr. Dr. Thomas Sternberg
Dr. Oscar Schneider
Presentation to the jury
The N2025 volunteer team: Our dedicated team of volunteers supports us in activities related to the bid. Every month, Team 2025 meets for the regulars’ table. Would you like to get to know and support the team and the work of the Bid Office? Then join the volunteer team! Come to one of our monthly regulars’ tables. All information about Team 2025 can be found here:volunteer team
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The Bid Office coordinates the bid process. Our job is to compile the contents of the Bid Book and to turn the bid into a joint project for the whole city and region while always taking the criteria of the EU into account. The European Capital of Culture bid is a “we project”! The Bid Office is affiliated with the cultural department of the city of Nürnberg and works closely with the mayor’s office. You will find our glass-enclosed Bid Office right in the heart of Nürnberg.
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