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Engagement for the Capital of Culture Application

Students at Chemnitz University of Technology discussed development opportunities for the Capital of Culture application - video clips provide insights

Chemnitz wants to become European Capital of Culture in 2025 (german article). Following the submission of the bid book at the end of September 2019 and the successful presentation to the European jury on 10 December 2019 in Berlin, the final and decisive steps are now about to be taken. The city must convince members of the European jury during their visit to Chemnitz in October 2020 and a subsequent presentation. To achieve this goal, not only must various creative projects within the city be planned and implemented, but the citizens themselves must also be involved in the process and become ambassadors for the cultural region of Chemnitz. This also includes the students at Chemnitz University of Technology.

In order to involve the students in the application process and to discuss their ideas and impulses for the Capital of Culture application, representatives involved in the Capital of Culture application met with students from Chemnitz University of Technology for a July weekend in the Spinnerei in Chemnitz. The meeting’s theme was "Playground - What does your future in Chemnitz look like?”.

In three video clips, students give an insight into the discussions, their impressions of the creative possibilities in Chemnitz and their experience of the city itself as well as their wishes and goals with regard to the Capital of Culture application. The videos are available on the TU Chemnitz YouTube channel.

The final decision on the title European Capital of Culture 2025 will be made in autumn 2020.

Background: Chemnitz University of Technology and application for the title Chemnitz2025

The city of Chemnitz’s application process also includes a micro-project support programme. In the current round, four projects from Chemnitz University of Technology are being funded. Previous project applications from within the university were already successful, including the "Bicycle Cinema" project by university researcher Maria Kreußlein and the student magazine "RABBAZ", the first issue of which was funded through the scheme. The university also published a video clip with testimonials from students and researchers.

(Author: Matthias Fejes / Translation: Chelsea Burris)

Matthias Fejes
04.08.2020

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