European Capital of Culture 2025

Chemnitz wants to become a European Capital of Culture: in its session of 25 January 2017, Chemnitz City Council gave Mayor Barbara Ludwig a mandate to prepare an application by the city for the title European Capital of Culture 2025. The project will be led by Ferenc Csák, Head of the Department of Culture at the City of Chemnitz. With its vote, the City Council approved a budget of 1.2 million euros as well as the necessary material costs for the period 2017 to 2020 to prepare the application.

What is special about a European Capital of Culture?

The European Capital of Culture enjoys unique attention across Europe. A city that wishes to become a Capital of Culture must offer more than just a series of events or classically beautiful architecture: it is about showcasing the special features and strengths of the city and developing a programme that promotes the idea of being part of Europe, strengthens the citizens’ sense of community and drives forward a broad cultural spectrum and sustainable development. Capitals of Culture find answers to the questions and issues facing many European cities today ‒ and tomorrow.

The lasting successes of former European Capitals of Culture include, for example, the development of disused sites, converted infrastructure, new cultural formats and partnerships, growing numbers of visitors and overnight guests, greater renown, a new image and a more colourful, vibrant city.


How does the application work?

The title European Capital of Culture has been awarded every year since 1985 for one year at a time. The European Capital of Culture 2025 will be named by the Council of the European Union in 2021 following a multi-stage application process – two European cities bear the title each year. Germany and Slovenia will put forward the European Capitals of Culture in 2025. The official bidding stage for cities in Germany begins at the end of 2018; the final decision will be announced in 2021. The European Union facilitates the entire selection process. In Germany, the most recent cities to boast the title European Capital of Culture were West Berlin (1988), Weimar (1999) and Essen/Ruhr (2010).