Becoming European Capital of Culture

COUNTDOWN until the jury's shortlist decision

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

Each year, the EU designates a city from two Member States as “European Capital of Culture”. In 2025, after West Berlin (1988), Weimar (1999) and most recently Essen (RUHR.2010), a German city will bear the title for the fourth time. In addition to Germany, Slovenia will also have a European Capital of Culture in 2025.

The most important idea behind the Capital of Culture concept is to shape the future: it is not just a question of what the city and the Hildesheim region have to offer culturally so far, but how these valuable resources can be used and expanded in the best possible way. It is about a development process with the aim of putting the city and the Hildesheim region in a good cultural position and to establish new networks.

The communication and cooperation between the creative artists and those responsible for culture should be strengthened in order to sustainably secure the variety of activities and offers. The city jubilee and the Day of Lower Saxony have only recently shown that Hildesheim can do great things and that the intensive and constructive cooperation of different players can mobilise important and positive impulses.

What are the requirements for a bid as ” European Capital of Culture”?

The application must be extensively prepared and submitted in 2019. Every German city – regardless of its size and population – can apply for the title and include its region in the planning. In addition to Hildesheim, Hanover, Magdeburg, Chemnitz, Dresden, Zittau, Nuremberg and Gera are currently applying (as of November 2018).

All applicant cities must develop a cultural development concept with a European dimension and a long-term strategy. In addition to strengthening the cultural sector, areas such as education, research, the environment and urban development should also be included in the planning. An individually coordinated concept and the involvement of the population play a decisive role in the success of the application. Hildesheim will initiate this process together with the county and the county municipalities.

What will happen before the title is awarded in 2020?

2017/18

  • Preparation of content and organisation of the application by the project office Hi2025
  • Development and design of the “Bid-Book" application document

2019

  • September 30th, 2019: Submission of the Bid Book
  • December: Presentation of the application to the European jury in Berlin
  • “Pre-selection": The jury announces the candidate cities that will be shortlisted for the second and decisive round.

2020

  • July: Concretisation and optimisation of the application, the
    bid book
  • Presentation of the application in front of a delegation of the European jury in their own city.
  • December: “Selection", The jury announces the winner!

In order to complete the bid book, the candidate cities must answer a comprehensive questionnaire drawn up by the EU. The criteria, which will be assessed in equal parts by the jury, are as follows:

» Long-term strategy
Consequences for urban development

» European dimension
Cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue

» Cultural and artistic contents
Vision and Strategy

» Capacity to deliver
Infrastructure and political support

» Reaching and involving society
Involvement and cultural participation

» Administration
Financing, marketing strategy and personnel structure

Mission Hi2025

2019

28/08/2019

They Said Yes! – Stadt- und Landräte stimmen geschlossen für die Bewerbung Hildesheims als Kulturhauptstadt 2025

05/08/2019

Die Route wird neu berechnet – Ideenwettbewerb für die Neugestaltung der Fassade für das Projektbüro

06/05/2019

„Das nenn‘ ich heilig“ – Öffentliche Diskussion im Audimax der Universität Hildesheim

20/03/2019

„Wie definieren Sie Erfolg?“ – Diskussion mit Phillipe Kern, Experte für Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft

01/03/2019

Pecha Kucha Night Hildesheim Vol. 1: Gelber Stern auf blauem Grund – Europageschichten aus Hildesheim

2018

27/10/2018

Beratungsgremium “EuroCultureVision Hi2025” unterstützt das Projektteam

Beratungsgremium "EuroCultureVision Hi2025" unterstützt das Projektteam

27/10/2018

Besuch der aktuellen Kulturhauptstadt Europas Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018

Besuch der aktuellen Kulturhauptstadt Europas Leeuwarden-Fryslân 2018

16/10/2018

Sneak Peek der deutschen Bewerberstädte in Berlin

Sneak Peek der deutschen Bewerberstädte in Berlin

29/09/2018

TOUR DE LANDKREIS – Laufend zum Titel

TOUR DE LANDKREIS - Laufend zum Titel

22/09/2018

1. Jugendkonferenz im Landkreis Hildesheim

1. Jugendkonferenz im Landkreis Hildesheim

23/05/2018

Büroeröffnung – MITTENDRIN

Büroeröffnung - MITTENDRIN

07/03/2018

Mission Hi2025 – Mit Bus und Bahn durch den Landkreis

Mission Hi2025 - Mit Bus und Bahn durch den Landkreis

01/03/2018

Gemeinsam zum Titel – Interkommunale Vereinbarung zwischen Stadt und Landkreis

Gemeinsam zum Titel - Interkommunale Vereinbarung zwischen Stadt und Landkreis

14/02/2018

www.hi2025.de geht online

Logo Hildesheim 2025

21/01/2018

Hildesheimer Hammelsprung

Wieviel Kultur steckt in Hildesheim

2017

13/11/2017

Projektbüro Hi2025 geht an den Start

Projektbüro Hi2025 geht an den Start

28/10/2017

Bobbycar HILDE gewinnt in Kassel

Bobbycar HILDE gewinnt in Kassel

17/10/2017

Lenkungsgruppe und Arbeitsausschuss konstituieren sich & Kampagnenstart „DAS NENN` ICH KULTUR“ & www.facebook/hi2025.com geht online

20/06/2017

Beschluss des Kreistags zur Vorbereitung einer Bewerbung

03/04/2017

Beschluss des Stadtrats zur Vorbereitung einer Bewerbung

2016

01/06/2016

GIB HILDESHEIM DEINE STIMME

2015

03/12/2015

Tagung der Heinrich-Dammann-Stiftung & Gründung der „Arbeitsgruppe 2025“ sowie des „Freundeskreises 2025 der Kulturregion Hildesheim e.V.“