"We won't rest, but today we will celebrate!" cheers Konstanze Beckedorf, head of the cultural department, who, together with the bidding team of Hannover, witnessed the jury decision live in Berlin, in which Hannover, along with Magdeburg, Nuremberg, Chemnitz and Hildesheim, entered the final of the national competition "European Capital of Culture 2025 ”.
CEO and Lord Mayor Belit Onay, who followed the jury's decision at the public viewing in the New Town Hall with many supporters, cultural producers, inhabitants and all advisory and political bodies, is pleased that Hannover's courageous application has hit the right note. "We have given everything and deliberately took the risk with our very own, courageously creative application: Only those who dare to make something new can create something." He promises his full support for a "great deal" for the next few months until the end of the competition process: "Such works get better, the more people get involved." "We want to be a platform for discussion on major European issues such as mobility, social division or climate change. We invite everyone to do that with us. We have to dare experiments in order to find answers to the current challenges together."
The work on the Cultural Development Plan (KEP) goes hand in hand with the finale and the necessary concretization of all projects for the 2nd Bid Book. The European Capital of Culture application initiated a unique process and brought positive changes for the city. "In Hannover, the interdisciplinary cooperation has created a new dynamic of mutual inspiration and networking in the application process, which has created a spirit of optimism far beyond the cultural scene," concludes Beckedorf. "With the KEP we are making the cultural city of Hannover fit for the future", Beckedorf announced.
Exemplary for this are the following reference projects in the KEP, which support the way of Hannover to a European cultural metropolis and contribute to make the varied and high-quality cultural offer of Hannover locally, but also internationally visible and perceptible:
- Strengthening the UNESCO City of Music with a 10-point plan,
- District cultural institutions and libraries as meeting places in the district for all generations,
- transcultural opening of the cultural landscape of Hannover and promotion of international, interdisciplinary cultural exchange,
- Emergence of a competence center for cultural participation,
- Building an interactive digital platform and
- Improvement of cultural communication.
The status of cultural development planning, which includes numerous other measures in addition to the reference projects, will be presented to the public in January 2020 and will also be available online. For example, the city is hosting a major participation event on January 27, 2020, in which there is an opportunity for an open discourse on the cultural strategy and possible measures and reference projects as well as the inclusion of further perspectives and suggestions.