Which cities will be shortlisted on 12th December?
The German cities of Chemnitz, Dresden, Gera, Hanover, Hildesheim, Magdeburg, Nuremberg and Zittau will take part in the competition for the title of European Capital of Culture 2025. All cities will introduce themselves to the international jury with a delegation and presentation. It is Magdeburg's turn on 11th December.
"Magdeburg took a courageous, honest decision to apply to become the European Capital of Culture. An honest decision, because the city realised that culture is essential for its attractivity and further development and that there is a need for more engagement in culture. I was convinced of their vision, so I changed my job and moved from Leipzig to Magdeburg to become part of Magdeburg 2025. How many others, I would like to live in a dynamic, cultural city, surrounded by people of all kind. Everyone should meet through culture, exchange thoughts, learn about new approaches, appreciate traditions, experiment, participate and enjoy. Attracting entirely new audiences, establishing creative new ways to access culture – that’s what true capitals of culture achieve. Many cititzens already work on creating a living, colorful Magdeburg in a small or in a great manner. Running to become cultural capital of Europe opens up a chance to concentrate all engagement and work together to make our vision come true: Magdeburg – European Capital of Culture 2025."
"Why does Magdeburg have to become Capital of Culture? I think it would help breed a new forward and open way of thinking and reinvigorate the people here to be proud of where they are from. I’d like to stay in Magdeburg. I see the great work that groups do here and the talent that is crying out for support. More support, freedom and empowerment for cultural organisations and artists to be able to flourish. For example, more practice space and easier access and more opportunities to perform without such harsh restrictions. We need to change the people’s mind sets and enable those involved, or those who wish to be involved to see the opportunities which are there.“
"Culture is the feeling to be part of a creative, open and tolerant community and mind set. When I am inspired and surprised by events or places and that enables me to approach situations with openness and curiosity, I've found „my“ culture. We are already leading the competition in the field of virtual and augmented reality simulations. I would like to become a driving force in cross-regional projects, e.g. in cooperations with other cities. To have the heart to take on ambitious, innovative projects has always been a challenge for us. Pursuing this challenge would open Magdeburg up to a lot of potential.“
"I visited Magdeburg first in the 1990’s and stayed only for a few hours. That time the city seemed sad to me – still empty and incomplete. I came back in 2008 and saw a city that works on improving itself, looking confidently towards the future. As artistic director, Magdeburg is interesting for me, because we are also a social centre of the city. We do a lot of educational work. We run one of the biggest youth clubs in Germany, we work with elderly and have a citizen ensemble. To extend our scope und to reach more people, we need to constantly find ways to empower and enable our citizens to step in and cocreate culture. To become more inclusive and european it would be crucial to win the title „European Capital of Culture“.
"We have to come to terms with who we are again. We have everything. But we do not (want) to see it. Besides institutionalised culture, there is a lot of free space which needs to be conquered. If there is one thing in this city, it’s free space. This space should be easily accessible, so that the local cultural actors are able to unleash their creativity with help of all support that is needed. I have the impression that this city does not find answers to recent developments, because the people here do not know what they are able to achieve. I hope that Magdeburg finds the strength to develop a sustainable vision and emphasises its profile to make a name in Europe again.“
"Magdeburg deserves to become European Capital of Culture to get back on the radar of the people living outside Saxony-Anhalt. Innovation quite came to a stop after the reunification, but the university has a good reputation and acts as a driver for future developments. In my judgement Magdeburg is underestimated by far. Culture needs to be made more visible in such a way that not only insiders know where to find cultural hot spots. Most visitors that come to Magdeburg are surprised about what is really happening here. For me winning the title would also cherish the people who live here and shape Magdeburg‘s cultural life."
"We don‘t need to ask if Magdeburg deserves this title. Magdeburg needs it! The culture here has its ups and downs and the different cultural actors and organisations do not cooperate sufficiently. We do have a lot of potential in this city, but until now we are lacking the trigger to take advantage of it. We need a simple process ro receive (financial) aids to be able to conduct projects in the future. The campaign „Einfach Machen“ which was organised by the team of Magdeburg 2025 proved with simplified means that there are many citizens ready to personally invest in their culture."
"Our application to become Europe’s Capital of Culture is an important assessment of the current state. By discussing with experts and the population, we can explore how the city could develop and what our aims can be. This is an essential step to reach full speed. We need this culture of dialogue to live our lives in the various districts – and we need the cooperation between science and economy to promote the city’s progress. Becoming the European Capital of Culture would be a great opportunity and a great honour for Magdeburg. But it would also be a great motivation to jointly change Magdeburg for the better."
"I never would have thought that I was going to choose Magdeburg as my home town. Right now, I always defend the city like a lioness against the words of critical tourists. I want to show the world how great Magdeburg is really. Magdeburg can proudly look back on its history, but also proudly look towards the future. I want to demonstrate that Magdeburg is home to young successful founders and that Saxony-Anhalt, especially Magdeburg, stands for innovation."
„This city needs advancement. We represent strong european principles and a vision but mainly the people who want to be part of this change. Also the ones that don’t even know it yet… Magdeburg is my home for three years already and still I am surprised how much the people here underestimate themselves and their own town. Having an „outside“ view, I am convinced that Magdeburg is inspiring and precious. We need to learn to become more confident, prouder, more active and more creative.“