Competition for the title of “European Capital of Culture 2025” is performed online

The national process for selecting the “European Capital of Culture 2025” in Germany will be continued through digital formats. Both the city tours by the European jury (“city visits”) and the final selection meeting will be converted accordingly. This is to minimize health risks in connection with the corona pandemic and to provide planning security.

The German Conference of Culture Ministers and the Cultural Foundation of the German Länder as business office for the national process for selecting the “European Capital of Culture 2025” have adopted this decision. In Finland, parts of the events in the pre-selection procedure for the “European Capital of Culture 2026” had already been converted into a digital form. Safety and health of all actors involved in the competition process, identical competition conditions and planning security for the candidate cities have top priority for the Cultural Foundation of the German Länder and the German Conference of Culture Ministers.

The virtual “city visits” will be used by the candidate cities to present to the jury their city and region, their cultural landscape and actors as well as their vision for locally implementing a possible Capital of Culture year through live streams, pre-produced film clips and video discussion rounds. Within the final selection meeting, the candidate teams will present their bid to the jury via live stream and will afterwards answer the questions of the jury in video discussion rounds.

“We would, of course, have been delighted to welcome the European jury to the Hildesheim region,” says Thomas Harling, co-director of the Hildesheim bid to become European Capital of Culture 2025. “It’s a challenge to transfer the vast extension of the region to a screen. However, we simultaneously respect the decision and are deeply convinced that we will be able to offer a comprehensive presentation of the city and region in digital formats as well.”

The time schedule planned according to the pandemic-related deadline extensions will be maintained: The deadline for handing over the second candidature file (“bid book 2”) is 21 September 2020. A group of up to five jurors will attend the digital presentation dates of the candidate cities instead of the usual “city visits”. The presentation of the Hildesheim region through live streams and digital discussion rounds is planned for 20 October 2020.

The final selection meeting of the European jury will also take place in digital form from 26 to 28 October 2020. The 12-member jury will then recommend a city to be nominated for the title of “European Capital of Culture 2025” on the basis of the submitted candidature files, the digital “city visits” and final presentations within the framework of the selection meeting.

On 28 October 2020, the European jury will officially announce its recommendation for the winning city on the occasion of a digital press event.

Competition for the title of “European Capital of Culture 2025” is performed online

”Transferring the vast extension of the region to a screen – a challenge.” Thomas Harling, Sabine Zimmermann and Elisabeth Boehnlein during a local site inspection for the jury visit in the Hildesheim region.

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