Europe in Dresden – A Neighbourhood Meeting
How much Europe is in Dresden? How international is Heimat? How is it lived? Actors from several cultural institutions and associations have collected 18 places – historical, contemporary and digital – and the view was directed exemplarily to the Südvorstadt and Plauen, a historically international area. Visitors are invited to discover new aspects of their hometown and meet new places. They can also take part in collecting the "places" themselves.
In the coming years, the observation will be extended to the entire city area. The international "places" will be made visible online on an interactive city map and networking will be initiated. In this way, (new) citizens are encouraged to get involved in the city and the actors and foreign partners are brought into contact more easily. A creative potetion for diverse follow-up projects is created.
Neue Heimat Platform
"How would you show a visitor from another European country the culture of your neighbourhood?" This is what our platform "Culture & Democracy" asks in its project, which it developed for the European Capital of Culture in 2019. The Dresdeners’ answers are to be used to create a cultural trail through the entire city by 2025, for locals and tourists alike. The "Culture & Environment" platform, on the other hand, is inviting people in the spring of 2020 to create a meadow atlas, a threatened wild plant with large yellow flowers, before the plants find a new home on the Elbe meadows. These are two of nine ideas from our platform process.
Cultural mediators speak of participation and sharing: Neue Heimat Dresden 2025 stands not only for culture for all, but culture with all. Our programme 2025 will consist of a curated part – developed by professional artists – and a non-curated part – designed by citizens. This year, 150 people have already worked on project ideas in nine thematic fields, which will now be presented to the public for the first time and implemented as prototypes in 2020.