Onwards from here!

An event organised by the project office “Hi2025" on 7 March brought together around 110 participants from various parts of society. Topic: What do we need in the Hildesheim region to become a successful European Capital of Culture 2025?

The interest in the European Capital of Culture bid “Hi2025" is as great as ever. Around 110 guests gathered in the auditorium of the HAWK building, Hohnsen 2, on Saturday, 7 March, to find out about the current status of Hildesheim’s bid and contribute their ideas.

In his welcoming speech, Thomas Harling, co-director of the Hildesheim bid, explained that the aim of the event was to “experience the "We" and discuss open questions with experts". A quick hand-signal survey revealed that experts from the fields of politics, culture, economy, sports, education and religious communities were present in the room.

Co-director Lene Wagner pointed out the path that had already been jointly taken in the first phase of the bid, starting with the decision to participate in the bid, in which all the mayors of the district were involved, followed by the submission of the first bid book, and finally the shortlisting last December.

Onwards from here!
Onwards from here!

Now the next big steps in the bidding process have to be taken: The submission of the final version of the bid book at the end of July and the jury visit to the Hildesheim region on September 15th. One week later, the jury will then announce which German city may call itself “European Capital of Culture 2025".

Carolin Hochleichter, the new artistic director of the Hildesheim bid, gave an insight into the current planning of the artistic programme for the year 2025, which could also take on a non-European perspective with artists from the African continent.

Expertise of a vibrant citizenry

Subsequently, five working groups discussed central issues of the bid. After all, the perspectives and expertise of a vibrant citizenry are to be included in the bidding process. Cards were written and collected on display walls, knowledge was shared, and project ideas were prioritised with sticky dots. The size of the groups was significant – with around 20 experts each, the working groups allowed for a lively and open exchange.

Central issues of the bid were addressed. For instance, the possibilities for participation by diverse groups, the special importance of international networking or transparency in the preparation of the programme for the Capital of Culture year.

Surprising perspectives

Sometimes, however, surprising aspects also came to the fore. For example, the group dealing with the development of a “role model cultural region" first drew a line “between scenic and intellectual province". The working group, which discussed how Hildesheim could be made more international, began by stating that the region, with inhabitants from 140 nations, was already decidedly international; this multicultural life on site simply needed to be given more visibility. And in the group concerned with participation, the idea of “culture viruses" was convincing – a guerrilla marketing campaign for everyday life, which could carry ideas of the bid to the population through conversations, for example at the bus stop or at the city hall.

Onwards from here!
Onwards from here!
Onwards from here!

Die Arbeitsgruppen im Überblick

  1. How can we shape Hildesheim as a ROLE MODEL CULTURAL REGION?
    Led by: Thomas Harling (Head of Project Office); Moderated by: Birgit Krauß (Cultural Office of the District)
  2. what are the criteria and procedures for selecting projects for the Hi2025 programme?
    Led by: Carolin Hochleichter (artistic director of the application); Moderated by: Elisabeth Böhnlein (assistant to the artistic director)
  3. what do we need to make Hildesheim more international?
    Led by: Lisa Modrakowski (International Relations); Moderated by: Matti Müller (Univent)
  4. How can the Capital of Culture Hildesheim become a European Capital of Culture 'for all'?
    Led by: Lene Wagner (Head of the bid); Moderated by Renate Pischky-Winkler
  5. what makes our regional treasures so attractive that people from Lisbon, Riga or Palermo want to travel to us?
    Led by: Sabine Zimmermann, Moderated by: Hartwig Kemmerer

„Positive Vibes“

The concentrated and lively working atmosphere was further enhanced by the delicious lunch provided by Flux' “world cuisine" as well as the catering with coffee and drinks by the Red Cross, Hildesheim district association.

Two “professional dialogue instigators" of the Geheime Dramaturgische Gesellschaft opened up opportunities to exchange views on the event and leave feedback.

One reason for criticism was that more space and more time would have been desirable to continue initiated discussions. The participants were positive about the atmosphere at the event, which had made it possible to make “many new contacts", to listen to each other and to strengthen “the positive vibes" in the bidding process.

Onwards from here!
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