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11. November 2021, 2 - 5 pm, Zentralkino (small hall)

"Europe is, after all, also a community of citizens and culture. To honor this, every year a different city should bear the title 'European City of Culture'", was the original idea for the Capital of Culture in 1985 by the Greek Minister of Culture Melina Mercouri and her French colleague Jacques Lang. Since then, the coveted title has changed every year to the European cities with the greatest potential for cultural urban development. In 2025, the title in Germany will go to Chemnitz in Saxony. What does the award mean in terms of transnational and international cultural audiences in Europe?

2 - 2:45 pm


The role of European Capitals of Culture for city development and European integration

Sylvia Amann
Jury President of the European Capital of Culture 2025inforelais, Director

Integrated city development and European cooperation are intertwined elements for the future of Europe. The local and regional dimension gain also importance in international (cultural) relations. The European Capitals of Culture initiative aims at addressing these issues in an integrated way. How to translate these wide objectives in transformation programmes on local and European level? Which future cultural development topics require further attention? 

2:45 - 3 pm



Coffebreak & Networking


3- 3:30 pm

C the Unseen - Chemnitz on its way to becoming European Capital of Culture 2025

Ferenc Csák
Municipality of Chemnitz, Head of the Cultural Department

A lot will happen before Chemnitz is European Capital of Culture in 2025. It is a process that has to be shaped together with the local citizens. It's about the everyday issues that we make visible here in Chemnitz. Our goal is to put the city on the European map and prove that we are a capital of makers and that a visit is always worthwhile.

3:30 - 3:45 pm



Coffeebreak & Networking

3:45 - 4:15 pm "


Novi Sad - European Capital of Culture 2022

Nemanja Milenković
CEO of the Foundation „Novi Sad - European Capital of Culture“

4:15 - 4:30 pm



Coffeebreak & Networking

4:30 - 5 pm


Discussion with all Speakers

from 7 pm



"Night of Cultural Brands" in the State Operetta


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A transfer to the other topic forums are possible during breaks.

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