Postponement of ECoC-Deadlines
The deadlines of the German bidding process for the European Capital of Culture in 2025 have been postponed by several weeks.
In an intensive coordination process, the Standing Conference of the Ministers of Education and Cultural Affairs of the Länder, the European Commission and the Cultural Foundation of the Länder have agreed to postpone the dates and deadlines in the “European Capital of Culture 2025" competition in Germany by several weeks. This is to take account of the more difficult working conditions in the applicant cities as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic. The aim is to complete the process in 2020, taking into account the highest possible health standards.
As a result, the second bid book does not have to be submitted until seven weeks later, on 21 September. A group of up to four jurors will visit the Hildesheim region on October 20. The presentations of the bidding cities in Berlin will take place between 26 and 28 October. The decision as to which German city may call itself European Capital of Culture in 2025 will be announced on 28 October.
Lord Mayor Dr. Ingo Meyer emphasises that the postponement will certainly pose challenges for the Hildesheim bid – for example regarding the completely new scheduling that will be necessary or the budget planning that will have to be revised. “At the same time, however, we assume that we will be able to deal with the rescheduling, especially since this will give the project office some breathing space, especially for the completion of the 2nd bid book. We are therefore very pleased with the work of the Cultural Foundation of the German Federal States, which is doing its utmost to find fair solutions for all, even in these complicated times".
Every year, the European Union nominates one city from two member states each as European Capital of Culture. Hildesheim made it into the second round of the competition in December 2019 as the smallest candidate city. With Chemnitz, Hanover, Magdeburg, Nuremberg and Hildesheim, five German cities are still in the race for the title, which will be awarded for the year 2025.
The work on the second bid book has become more difficult due to Covid-19. The team works mainly from home. Some colleagues have to look after their children on the side, like so many of us working these days.
“And the teams in other candidate cities are of course in a similar situation," says Lene Wagner, co-director of the bid. “In this respect, we consider the relaxation of the tight schedule to be appropriate. We will adapt our work on the bid book and thus be able to improve a few things." And co-director Thomas Harling is above all relieved that according to the current planning status a jury visit in Hildesheim will be able to take place. “After all, we have a lot to present in the city and the region, which is hard to show in an application book."