Eight "Makerhubs" selected for Capital of Culture 2025

Eight “Makerhubs” selected for Capital of Culture 2025

Stefan Schmidtke

Stefan Schmidtke. Photo: Bodo Schackow/dpa-Zentralbild/dpa/Archive image

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An empty car dealership, a former substation, a former weaving mill: places like these are to be filled with new life for the Capital of Culture 2025 and become creative spaces for doers. The locations for eight of these “maker hubs” around Chemnitz have now been chosen.

The European Capital of Culture 2025 builds on the creative spirit of the people in Saxony. A jury has now selected eight locations from 23 applications, for example in Augustusburg, Neukirchen, Mittweida, Schneeberg and Zwönitz. Places are being created there that will have an impact long after the Capital of Culture year, emphasized program director Stefan Schmidtke on Friday. “Here you can experience the European creative spirit in a very practical way.”

For example, a vacant car dealership in Neukirchen in the Ore Mountains is to be converted into a kitchen in which citizens can cook together with top chefs and reinterpret regional specialties. A “Textiles” competence center is planned in Limbach-Oberfrohna as an interface between research, development, industry, design and production. A start-up and innovation center with co-working spaces and space for start-ups is to be built in a former granary in Zwönitz. Meanwhile, a so-called maker hub in Augustusburg’s old court of law is focusing on digitization in rural areas.

The Makerhubs are part of the “Makers, Business & Arts” program, one of the four flagships of the Capital of Culture 2025. The aim is to develop a network of workshops in revitalized wastelands in the region and to conduct applied research there, as well as experiments and international ones exchanges. In this way, places are to be created where designers, craftsmen, citizens and entrepreneurs from all over the world come together to learn from one another and create something new together. The Makerhubs should lead traditions into the future and be places of encounter, stressed curator Josephine Hage.

Chemnitz will share the title of European Capital of Culture 2025 with Nova Gorica in Slovenia. Under the motto “C the Unseen”, the city wants to make hidden places visible. At the same time, the entire region is to be included in the Capital of Culture year. This also includes the “Purple Path” – an art and culture path that connects Chemnitz with numerous places in the surrounding area.


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