Click on the following link to watch  "Das Millionenspiel um die Kulturhauptstadt" titled report from Kristina Jacobsen, UNeECC expert in 3sat Mediathek in German language:

"Jedes Jahr dürfen sich zwei Städte mit dem Titel "Kulturhauptstadt Europas" schmücken. Dabei geht es um viel Geld: Nürnberg hat für seine Bewerbung zur Kulturhauptstadt 2025 rund sieben Millionen Euro ausgegeben – vergebens. Am Ende erhielt Chemnitz den Vorzug. Und darf sich jetzt auf mehr als 50 Millionen Euro an Zuschüssen freuen. Bei so viel Geld ist es kein Wunder, dass rund um die Bewerbungen der Kulturhauptstädte ein florierendes Business der Berater*innen entstanden ist. Ein "Berater-Rodeo", "Wanderzirkus" oder auch "Family and friends-Netzwerk", wie es die "Süddeutsche Zeitung" nennt. Ob es da immer mit rechten Dingen zugeht?"

"Every year two cities are awarded with the title "European Capital of Culture ". There is a lot of money involved: Nürnberg had spent around seven million Euros on its bid to become European Capital of Culture 2025 - in vain. In the end, Chemnitz became the title-winner. And now the city is looking forward to more than 50 million Euros in grants. With so much money, it is no wonder that a flourishing consultant business has emerged around the applications of the cultural capitals: a "consultant rodeo", "traveling circus" or "family and friends network", as the Süddeutsche Zeitung calls it. 

Date: 29.06.2021


Bill Chambers of Liverpool Hope University is helping to organise The Big Hope2 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Liverpool’s tenure as European Capital of Culture in 2008.

We are delighted to have you here to participate and share in the 4thTransatlantic Dialogue hosted by the University of Luxembourg. That many of you travel long distances serves to remind us all just how important our work is. This year our theme is ‘Creating Human Bonds through Cultural Diplomacy'. Cultural diplomacy is our best hope of transmuting traditional prejudices into attitudes of understanding, tolerance and co-operation. Culture has the advantage of being a public good that all humans can share.

Call for papers: Participations. Journal of Audience and Reception Studies: Themed section on participatory approaches to Capitals of Culture. Editors of the themed section: Dr. Leila Jancovich, Leeds University, Dr. Louise Ejgod Hansen, Aarhus University and Professor Franco Bianchini, University of Hull.