What is European Capital of Culture?
On September 24, 2018 the application process for German cities for the title European Capital of Culture 2025 started. By order of the conference of education ministers, the Cultural Foundation of the Federal States published the bidding call for the national selection process. An independent jury will elect the winning city.
There are six criteria which apply for every bidding city. The cities will have to consider in them their application book, the so-called bid book:
The European dimension receives a special meaning in the application. With the following questions, Hannover is looking for answers.
- Which socially relevant topic, that moves other cities in Europe as well, can Hannover authentically work on?
- What is it that Europe can learn from Hannover, in which areas is the city a role model?
- And vice versa: What are the things Hannover can learn from the other European cities?
The application book, called the bid book, outlines the answers to these questions programmatically. It’s not just about details, it’s about visions and program lines which will be exemplarily described through flagship projects.
Long-term visions regarding the city development are important for a successful and sustainable application as European Capital of Culture. Cultural as well as social and economic aspects have to be connected, if the cities want to promote the artistic and cultural areas. For this reason, Hannover is working on a culture development plan (KEP), which will not be limited to the ECoC year 2025.
A convincing application needs a clear and coordinated overall urban concept with extraordinary artistic qualities, genre and format diversity as well as a balance between traditional, innovative and experimental ways of expression.
Actively including various groups of the city’s society with new and sustainable formats regarding planning and the correlating realization guarantees the success and sustainability of an ECoC bid.
Overall management, artistic ideas as well as financial, marketing and communication strategies, and the structures regarding personnel and implementation have to be presented.
Here it is important to show the city’s capacities as an international host: Important aspects, besides transport links and hotel accommodations, are hospitality as well as proof of cross-party support and the support of local, regional and national institutions.
The road to European Capital of Culture
Award of title
End of 2020
2nd Bid book & visit of the jurySummer/Fall 2020
All contenders have to present their concepts in front of the jury. The jury will announce their shortlist for the 2nd round shortly after.December 2019
By this date, the teams must have submitted their 1st Bid book. Requirements for the Bid book: Answers to 38 questions on 60 pages30 September 2019
National contenders met in Berlin16 October 2018
First Call to become European Capital of Culture.24 September 2018