Nuremberg: A place of European memories

Germany will once again be home to a European Capital of Culture in 2025. We present the candidate cities. This time: Nuremberg.

Michaela Braun

Germany. Cities accorded this status can hope to attract more visitors, increase their profile and generate a sense of new beginnings among their residents: Germany is once again entitled to name a European Capital of Culture, this time for 2025. Although the decision will not be taken until 2020, a number of cities have already put themselves forward. We asked their mayors where in their cities it is particularly evident that they have what it takes to be a Capital of Culture.

Ulrich Maly
Ulrich Maly dpa

Ulrich Maly, mayor of Nuremberg:

“Anyone wanting to find out why Nuremberg has what it takes to be the Capital of Culture should come and pay us a visit: ‘Auf AEG’ is a new cultural workshop that was set up on the site of the world-famous washing-machine factory that was closed down by the company Electrolux seven years ago. The workshop is located at a place of central importance to European history: the Palace of Justice, which is home to Courtroom 600, is just down the road. This is where leading representatives of the National Socialist regime were put on trial before an international tribunal from November 1945 to October 1946.

Our programme is being developed wherever there is communication and innovation.

Today, young creative professionals, artists and cultural associations from all over the world are building a new, lively and diverse Europe here – in “empires of ideas”, as the many workshop rooms where the work takes place are known. Nuremberg’s concept for its Capital of Culture application is thus taking one requirement of the European Union particularly seriously: participation. Our programme is not being developed in some enclosed office in the city, but wherever there is communication and innovation.“

Report: Bettina Mittelstraß