Chemnitz named European Capital of Culture 2025

28 October 2020

A European jury has selected Chemnitz to be European Capital of Culture 2025. Chemnitz will share the honour with a second city, yet to be announced.

With the motto “C the unseen”, Chemnitz2025 directs its gaze to the unseen: the unseen of the “quiet centre”. The unseen city, the unseen European neighbours, the unseen places and biographies, the unseen talents in each individual.

The programme also includes many other unseen cities or regions in Europe, which make a strong statement for democratic coexistence and especially the people who help to live a cosmopolitan community across national borders should be seen.

Barbara Klepsch, Saxon State Minister for Culture and Tourism, said: “I am overjoyed with the decision of the European jury. This moves a strong city in the middle of Europe even further into the heart of the continent. The award is an award for local cultural work and opens up new ones Opportunities for cultural life. I invite all those interested in culture from Europe and beyond to Chemnitz in 2025”

Lord Mayor Barbara Ludwig, said: “The penultimate working day as Lord Mayor of this wonderful city is clearly the best of my 14-year term.”

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Chemnitz has a strong record of sharing effective ideas with and learning from other city administrations throughout the Eurocities network to develop and support local cultural networks. Read more here.

Chemnitz has also benefited from coaching through the EU funded Culture for Cities and Regions project, in which Eurocities played a leading role.


Alex Godson Eurocities Writer