From the moment they decided to apply, the application’s team had three advisory groups aiding them: a committee, a boards of trustees as well as a culture council. From then on, they acted as multipliers and brought the idea of the Capital of Culture into their areas and networks and made sure that their interests were heard and considered in the application process. The ambassador is a representative of the Capital of Culture: an extraordinary personality with a great reputation and a clear standing. With its line-up of dedicated administration workers, the promotion circle offers another important perspective on the application as European Capital of Culture 2025.
Here you can read more about the boards and their members:
The Advisory board consists of experts and multipliers of different surroundings and target groups. It advises on every topic regarding participation during the application process. This especially affects open and broad-based participation processes with the goal of reaching a lot of people in Hannover. One focal point are children, teenagers, seniors and people with a migrant background.
Chairpersons are Ninia Binias (author and artist Ninia LaGrande) and Kai Schirmeyer (kre|H|tiv Netzwerk Hannover e.V.).
The board of trustees consists of leading representatives of economy, science, education, unions, marketing, media and religion. The committee advises the application’s team on focusing the central idea, planning and implementing flagship projects as well as signing the cultural development plan. The board members add their national and international contacts and networks.
Chairwomen are Marlis Fertmann (journalist and organizer of the NDR Klassik Open Air) and Katharina Lohmann (former marketing director of RUHR 2010).
The arts council consists of locally, regionally, nationally and internationally working, renowned and famous cultural figures with local, Hannoverian art and culture expertise, who have established themselves in different cultural areas.
The arts council advises strategically on cultural visions of the culture program regarding the application as Capital of Culture on the one hand, and on the other hand it advises regarding the contents of artistic projects of the bid books and the focal points of the cultural development plan.
Chairwoman is Magdalena Jackstadt (Hannover VOIDS), vice chairman is Stefan Becker (chairman of the Freunde des Sprengel Museum Hannover e.V.).
In December 2017, the promotion circle of the State Capital Hannover under the Lord Mayor’s patronage started for the fourth time. 19 gender balanced administration colleagues prevailed in a selection process.
Until summer 2020, they will partake in several qualification trainings, get to know other areas of the State Capital Hannover and deal with current and future oriented topics of the LHH via projects and workshops. The basis for the individual development needs is an orientation center at the beginning of the promotion circle.
Those young talents find support in the human resources development team, through experienced mentors as well as the Lord Mayor and their directors. During participation of the application process as European Capital of Culture 2025, members of the circle were invited to different workshops and dealt with concepts of a future oriented city administration.
The world renowned pianist Igor Levit, who was raised and rose to fame in Hannover and who calls himself “pianist, citizen, European”, is the application’s cultural ambassador.
“Hannover has a fantastic radio orchestra, one of the world’s greatest higher education institutions for music, countless choirs, the KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, lots of theater, a one of a kind art scene. We’ve been a capital of culture this whole time, now we want the corresponding title”, Igor Levit said during his concert on September 4, 2018 in the NDR concert hall in Hannover.
We are happy and proud to know that this very important person is by our side during the application as Capital of Culture!