These four fields of action form the strategic framework for the plan:
"A strong foundation" refers among other things to infrastructure improvements, the creation of suitable framework conditions and the further development of funding structures. With 50 measures, this field of action is the most extensive field of action in the cultural development plan and, as the title suggests, is intended to create a solid and future-oriented basis for the other fields of action and further cultural development.
The goals of this field of action are the further development of municipal and communal-funded cultural institutions and the further development of funding structures and award procedures in cultural funding. The goals also include strengthening the free cultural scene and promoting empowerment and cooperation between creative artists.
Measures to collaborate with the cultural and creative industries and the local economy to support digital change and to develop contemporary cultural communication complete the plan for this field of action.
"For culture as a space of opportunity" is dedicated, among other things, to the area of cultural urban development and the improved ability and effectiveness of cultural actors in dialogue with the administration. This is to be achieved by developing open spaces and establishing an "enabling culture". Other goals in this field of action include the further development of culture in the district and the preservation and renewal of art in public spaces.
"The global stage of Hannover" contains measures for the internationalization of Hannoverian culture, both in terms of external perception and cultural offerings and in terms of making the already existing international cultural scene visible within the city. One focus here is on using existing international networks and reflecting on the city's international history.
"In the center is the person" describes measures to promote democracy and society that aim to create new cultural approaches and strengthen democracy. Barriers are to be removed through participation. Cultural participation and historical-political educational programs are intended to promote cultural participation and democratic understanding.
In order to make the objectives in the fields of action clear and tangible, a total of eight model projects were developed with which the cultural development strategy should be implemented quickly.
- the project of the Digital City of Culture, with the aim of jointly designing an interactive, digital platform for Hannover's cultural life,
- the transformation of the cultural administration to create suitable structural and organizational framework conditions for the implementation of the cultural development plan,
- a 10-point UNESCO City of Music plan, which links the music city of Hannover and makes it more visible, and serves as an example of good, cooperative cooperation between the city, surrounding municipalities and regional administration as well as the state,
- the development of two cultural areas, on the one hand in the area of the Maschpark and in the triangle between the Künstlerhaus, the State opera and theatre, taking into account the facilities located there,
- the new construction and realignment of the district center Döhren to a meeting point, educational, cultural and meeting place in the district for all generations,
- an international positioning program that aims to contribute to the international orientation of the institutions and programs with targeted projects,
- a program for the transcultural opening of the Hanover cultural enterprise, which includes, among other things, qualification and support measures to support the transcultural competence, the international exchange and the engagement with international topics and last but not least
- the establishment of a cultural education network to systematize and professionalize activities in the field of cultural education.
The fields of action are thematic directions and priorities within which the respective goals are executed by implementing measures and model projects in the form of rolling planning. The basis for implementation continues to be a participatory approach and the involvement of creative artists. A permanent, reliably installed reporting process and a scientific evaluation should help to evaluate the implementation and planning steps, to specify them and, if necessary, to supplement them.
In order to implement measures and projects from the cultural development plan, an annual increase in the cultural budget of 1.5 percent is planned from 2021 to 2026.
The KEP was developed between August 2018 and March 2020 in a large participation process with over 500 cultural activists. The process took place in a continuous dialogue between the cultural administration, the cultural institutions, the creative artists, the bodies of the application for the capital of culture - advisory board, board of trustees and in particular the arts council - and the cultural policy.
The existence of a long-term cultural strategy is a fundamental part of the application for the European Capital of Culture 2025. With the measures that have now been decided, this strategy has been completed on time and in line with the development of the second bid book.
You can find more information on the website of the cultural development plan, or download the KEP here (.pdf document, 1,08MB - Both links in German).