German version of Bid Book is complete!

Hildesheim 2025

The long-awaited German-language version of the Bid Book is now complete and is available for you to download!

Together with the District of Hildesheim and 17 other municipalities, the City of Hildesheim has applied for the title of European Capital of Culture 2025 with its bid book. The bid book describes the extensive cultural and artistic process with which the city and its region intend to become the European Capital of Culture 2025 and a showcase for the whole of Europe.

The following link will lead you to the download: German version of the Bid Book.

The English version of the Bid Book is available here.

The project office Hildesheim 2025 thanks all participants for their active support.

„Voices of Culture”
– Discussion at Fagus-Werk

Fagus-Werk Alfeld, 4 – 5 February 2020:
Voices of Culture Brainstorm Meeting “The role of Culture in non-urban places"

During a brainstorming meeting at the UNESCO World Heritage Site Fagus-Werk in Alfeld on 4 and 5 February, 35 participants from different European countries discussed the role of culture in non-urban places.
“Voices of Culture" is the name of the EU programme that organised the event together with the German Goethe-Institut Brussels and brought it to Alfeld.

The group of participants consisted of networks operating throughout Europe, such as Culture Action Europe, actors from the cultural and creative industries and stakeholders from organisations operating in non-urban places. Representatives of former European Capitals of Culture Wrocław 2016, Aarhus 2017, Plovdiv 2019 and future European Capitals of Culture such as Kaunas 2022 and Tampere 2026 supported the team at the brainstorming meeting in Alfeld.

The press release can be found here.
Our bid book “Beets, Roses and the Meaning of Life" is available for download here.

Jury report is published

Jury report on the application process European Capital of Culture 2025 published: “Hildesheim has relevant visions and goals" – and great potential

The international jury of experts has published their report. The report explains and justifies the jury's decision for the shortlist – why Hildesheim and the region, but also the cities of Chemnitz, Hanover, Magdeburg and Nuremberg, have reached the second round of the application process.

The jury report on the applicant cities can be viewed here.
Our bid book “Beets, Roses and the Meaning of Life” is available for download here.

Here we go!

The European jury has decided – Hildesheim has entered the second round of the competition for the title “European Capital of Culture 2025"!

Reaching the second round is the success of a four-year process in which the city of Hildesheim, together with the district and all district municipalities, has drawn up a comprehensive application concept. A ten-member delegation presented Hildesheim's application themed “Beets, Roses and the Meaning of Life" to the international panel of experts in Berlin on 11 December. And the jury was convinced.

Together with the cities of Magdeburg, Hanover, Nuremberg and Chemnitz, Hildesheim has reached the second round. Numerous interested parties from the city and the surroundings eagerly awaited the decision of the European jury in two locations alike: The circle of friends had organized an exciting program on the market place and the studio Licht.n.Stein together with Radio Tonkuhle in the Andreaspassage, including a livestream of the press conference in Berlin.

The excitement is spreading. The city and region are moving closer together on their way to becoming an active role model cultural region – and on their way to becoming European Capital of Culture 2025.

The idea to take part in the competition arose from the Hildesheim city society in 2015, the year of the Hildesheim anniversary.
This early and cross-generational involvement of citizens enabled the development of the goals and contents formulated in the bid book. The reaching of the second application phase is, among other things, based on the variety of perspectives, the expertise and creativity of the involved persons from the city and the district, the art and cultural scene, the administration and politics, the associations and the university landscape.

Furthermore, the foundation and commitment of the “Freundeskreis 2025 der Kulturregion Hildesheim e.V." (the circle of friends) was decisive for the design of the application. With the help of the “Netzwerk Kultur & Heimat Hildesheimer Land e.V." and the “IQ – Interessengemeinschaft Kultur Hildesheims e.V.", the art and cultural scene in the city and district was won over.

A look back at the first application phase
To date, the application process has involved numerous people, developed ideas and implemented projects: Within about 20 hours young and old Hildesheim residents ran, cycled and rode across the region during the “Tour de Landkreis", representatives of the religious communities discussed what is “sacred" to them, people from the city and the district told their very personal European stories in front of an audience, experts from the cultural and creative industries debated about their definition of success and a group of young people organised a cultural festival according to their ideas and wishes. Finally, at the end of August 2019, all city and county councils met in the open air at a historic site and spoke out in favour of the bid to become European Capital of Culture 2025.

This is how the second application phase continues
In the future, Carolin Hochleichter will be responsible for the conceptual development of the artistic project ideas together with local and international artists. Hochleichter studied Cultural Studies and Aesthetic Practice (Hildesheim/Utrecht) and Cultures of the Curatorial (Leipzig), was the director of the international theatre festival transeuropa 2003 and joined the Theater Freiburg as a dramaturg in 2008. Starting in 2012 she worked as a dramaturg for the Foreign Affairs Festival of the Berliner Festspiele, and since 2016 she has been working as a freelance dramaturg for the Ruhrtriennale.

For the second application phase the state of Lower Saxony has promised additional support of half a million euros. This will also be used to increase the project team in order to master the challenging second round. The revised bid book will presumably have to be submitted in July, followed by a visit of the international jury in Hildesheim in late summer. As ambassador for Hildesheim's bid, the internationally renowned singer Thomas Quasthoff will also be involved in shaping the cultural programme for the year 2025. In addition, Quasthoff will be a member of the application's artistic advisory board, whose composition will be presented next year.

The team of the Project Office Hildesheim Capital of Culture 2025 is looking forward to the second stage – in which there is undoubtedly a lot to be done.

The premiere!
Our Bid Book Hi2025 – and our application for the title European Capital of Culture 2025 – can be downloaded here!*

*This is the English version as we submitted it on 30.09.2019. The German translation will follow soon.



Can you apply with a sugar beet to become European Capital of Culture? Of being able to do that and how we do it. And why.

Together with the administrative district of Hildesheim, including 17 other municipalities, the city of Hildesheim has applied for the title of European Capital of Culture 2025 – and submitted its bid book on 30.09.2019. In the bid book, the city describes the extensive cultural and artistic process which, if it wins the title, should make the city and region a model for the whole of Europe.

And why Hildesheim? Why Beets and Roses…
Because Hildesheim is a historic cultural city with an innovative scene for young contemporary culture. Because we have Unesco World Heritage Site and Field Heritage Site: The sugar beet, the pride and wealth of the Börde – our region. The beet stands for down-to-earthness and tradition. In addition, the Hildesheim Rose also plays its role as a symbol for the myths, visions and beauty of our city. It also stands for the will to survive, the future and hope. Thus, Beets and Roses. That would explain the first part of the motto.

Because solutions must (also) come from the province.
We are provincial. With just over 100,000 inhabitants. And this is exactly why Hildesheim should become the European Capital of Culture: Not although, but because we are provincial. Solutions for the big questions of the future must (also) be found in small and medium-sized European cities, including their rural areas. Not only in the metropolises of this world.

And “The Meaning of Life"?
The major European and global challenges do not only have to do with technology and business. They are also matters of culture. And one of the essential cultural issues is the question about the meaning of life.

In the year 2025, Hildesheim will face up to some of the big questions of the present and the future. After all, the erosion of social and European cohesion, the climate crisis and the impending changes caused by artificial intelligence are existential challenges. A “continuing as before" is no longer an option – neither for Europe nor for a city and region in Lower Saxony. What we need are not only technical or financial solutions, but a Europe-wide social and cultural process of understanding about life and social concepts, attitudes and beliefs.

The Meaning of Life is the starting point for a dialogue. With this motto Hildesheim focuses on fundamental but nevertheless political issues: the recalling of shared European values and common responsibility in the face of pressing challenges – but also the individual right to happiness, well-being as well as meaning and fulfilment in life.

Under the title Beets, Roses and the Meaning of Life we want to prove that there is a positive, forward-looking province, a European “role-model cultural region". In Hildesheim and its region, we want to stay united, find common and special solutions, and do away with the traditional stereotypes of city and country.

Therefore: re['ru:]ting Hildesheim.
…written here in phonetic transcription. It contains the word root and the word route. We are familiar with our roots. But we have to check whether the paths we take lead in the right direction or into dead ends.

We are convinced that we must recalculate the route, redefine the destinations and explore new paths. And we are convinced that we can – here in the province.

That's why we have chosen the motto
Beets, Roses and the Meaning of Life. Re[ru:]ting Hildesheim.​

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What does the title "European Capital of Culture" mean?

Podcast discussion with Dr. Ulrich Fuchs on the topic of “European Capital of Culture 2025"

In an interview with the Kulturstiftung der Länder, Dr. Ulrich Fuchs answers the following questions*:
“Who decides, according to which criteria, which applicant city will become European Capital of Culture in 2025?" and “What does a successful application look like, what does it cost and what does it bring to the city?"

Many thanks to the Kulturstiftung der Länder, who provided the interview.

*In German, sorry.

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