Ottmar von Holtz visits project office
During his summer tour Ottmar von Holtz stopped off at the Hildesheim 2025 project office. The Hildesheim member of the Bundestag from Bündnis 90/Die Grünen sought the interview with the head of the bid, Lene Wagner and Thomas Harling.
“We are of course delighted that Ottmar von Holtz has chosen culture as the theme of his summer tour this year," said Lene Wagner during the appointment, “and we also very much welcome the focus on freelance cultural operators. After all, a central concern of the Hildesheim bid is to strengthen the diverse, independent cultural scene in the city and region, which is threatened in its existence by the Covid 19 crisis.
Ottmar von Holtz emphasised that politicians must now listen carefully so that aid packages reach their destination in this acute situation. “I support Hildesheim's bid to become European Capital of Culture because it can open up long-term perspectives – with a cultural strategy for the region and strong international networking. Von Holtz brings this expertise to the table as well. The 58-year-old, who grew up in Namibia, is currently Chairman of the Bundestag Committee on Economic Cooperation and Development.
“This experience was also the reason for our interview today," says Thomas Harling, co-head of the bid. “Because in our programme for the Capital of Culture year we also want to work with an artist from Namibia who is interested in local musical traditions. However, more could not be revealed at this stage.
The team from the project office Hildesheim 2025 is currently working intensively on Bid Book 2, in which Hildesheim formulates an extensive artistic programme and is thus applying for the title of European Capital of Culture in 2025. The Bid Book 2 must be submitted on 21 September. The decision as to which German city will be European Capital of Culture will be announced on October 28.
Member of the Bundestag Ottmar von Holtz and Jessica Sharma, co-spokeswoman of the local Hildesheim association of Bündnis 90/Die Grünen are welcomed in the project office Hildesheim 2025 by Thomas Harling and Lene Wagner, who manage the candidacy.
Lively conversation: Member of the Bundestag Ottmar von Holtz, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen, a guest at the project office Hildesheim 2025.