European Capital of Culture 2025

C the Unseen - Let's go to Chemnitz!

Under the motto "C the Unseen", the city invites all the makers and shakers of Europe to discover the treasures, surprises and the previously undiscovered in Chemnitz and the region and to establish new networks through their common passions.

You can also get a foretaste of the four major thematic areas in the Capital of Culture year by visiting now. Here is some information and tips.


Makers, Business & Arts

The flagship project "Makers, Business & Arts" from the programme line "Makers2" builds bridges between creative makers, artists, the (creative) economy and tourism. It makes special places, almost forgotten techniques and traditions and dormant potential visible and creates community through co-creation. Nine Makerhubs in Chemnitz and the cultural region will become new places für creative and social encounters. Visitors can experience regional culture and traditions in workshops. 

Creativity and civic participation in the cityscape© Johannes Richter
Die Buntmacher*innen verschönern auf dem Weg zur Kulturhauptstadt Europas 2025 die Treppe am Technischen Rathaus.

It’s Moving!

Art and sculpture trail PURPLE PATH

The flagship project "Art & sculpture trail PURPLE PATH" in the programme line “It’s moving!” takes up the diverse stories of the city and the region. "Everything comes from the mountain" is the narrative that connects Chemnitz and the 38 partner municipalities. Sculptures and installations by international stars and Saxon artists tell the history and stories of the people, the constantly modernizing crafts and the unique region. 


Eastern State of Mind


The flagship project "#3000Garages" in the programme line "Eastern State of Mind" will showcase the garages of Chemnitz as living archives and creative spaces where things have always been repaired and designed. Stories from these hidden places will be made visible, reflected on and communicated through artistic interventions. Among other things, a photo exhibition, a contemporary witness project, a year-round garage trail as well as smaller concerts and festivals in garage courtyards are in preparation. 


Generous Neighbours

The flagship project "Generous neighbours" in the programme line with the same name places sustainability and a "green city" at the heart of jointly developed planting activities. Large plantings of shrubs, bushes and fruit-bearing plants in 2024 and 2025 will bring Chemnitz neighbourhoods closer together. The participatory project will be flanked by suitable educational programmes and artistic activities. 

C the Unseen – European Makers of Democracy

European Workshop for Culture and Democracy

The flagship project "European Workshop for Culture and Democracy" in the programme line "C the Unseen - European Makers of Democracy" is a broad-based participation project for society. Local and international players from culture and civil society develop ideas and projects in various thematic areas as part of a tendering process. Further projects are being developed with children, young people and older people, with the European neighbours Poland and the Czech Republic, as well as in the areas of dance, music, singing, painting and street art on a popular basis for the entire urban community. 


Discover the European Capital of Culture 2025 already now

Experience events, meet makers - you can do all that on a trip to Chemnitz!

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