Board of Trustees
At the Mayor's invitation, around 30 personalities from the fields of art, culture, teaching and research, as well as science and business, have joined the Board of Trustees. It advises the Mayor and the curator for the duration of the application process on all fundamental questions relating to the title "European Capital of Culture". Each member of the Board of Trustees is entitled to put topics or concerns on the agenda of the meetings of the Board of Trustees that are relevant to the application process. The members see themselves as ambassadors for Dresden's bid. Their task ends on 31 December 2019. In the event of a positive decision in favour of Dresden, the Board of Trustees makes a recommendation to the Mayor as to the extent to which the working method with a Board of Trustees has proved its worth and should be continued.
Appointed members for the Board of Trustees
Appointment of Michael Schindhelm as Curator
I am very pleased that we were able to win Michael Schindhelm as curator for the application for the "European Capital of Culture". His international experience and his expertise in many cultural projects will be an asset for the application process in the coming months. In all my conversations with him, I felt that he was on fire for this application and for the opportunities it offers. At the same time, his great open-mindedness towards the themes that move Dresden is an important prerequisite for inspiring as many people as possible in Dresden. With the appointment of the Board of Trustees and a curator, we have taken an important step towards becoming a "European Capital of Culture".
Michael Schindhelm, born 1960 in Eisenach, is a writer, filmmaker and lecturer. His work as General Director of the Berlin Opera Foundation, as Director of the Theater Basel and as Founding Director of the Dubai Culture & Arts Authority led him to Dubai in 2001. Schindhelm has been working internationally as a cultural consultant for public institutions since summer 2009. Among other things, he collaborates with the Dutch architecture firm OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) on the master plan for the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong. Together with the think tank AMO, he developed the training and research profile for the Strelka Institute in Moscow in 2010 and headed the public space research department there until 2012. In 2011/2012 he developed a concept for culture and sport as part of the planning of the innovation city Skolkovo (Russia).
Being the curator for Dresden's application for the "European Capital of Culture" is a great but also very fascinating challenge. My aim in this application is to define Dresden as a laboratory for a new concept of culture. A concept that puts culture back at the centre of society and social discourses. First and foremost, I want to listen to the people in Dresden what motivates them and, together with many others, develop an application concept that can also develop significance for Germany and the whole of Europe.