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Cultural strategy of the city of Nuremberg at a glance

Starting the workshops, 09/25/2017 (Kulturreferat der Stadt Nürnberg)

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Über die Kulturstrategie der Stadt Nürnberg

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Cultural Strategy at a Glance

Der Abschlussbericht in den Schriften des Kulturreferats

Vernetzungstreffen am 12. Oktober 2018

In Summer 2017 the City of Nuremberg launched the development of a long-term cultural policy strategy and plan. This plan is both an essential element of the application process for the European Capital of Culture title in 2025 and award and an important step in the cultural development of Nuremberg itself. The plan reaches beyond the year 2025 and must be feasible to implement, whether or not Nuremberg receives the title.

Between June 2017 and January 2018 the City of Nuremberg contracted with Network for Cultural Consulting (Netzwerk Kulturberatung) to facilitate this planning process. The essential involvement of Nuremberg citizens, artists, cultural organizations and cultural workers has been central to development of this plan. We have heard from many people through surveys, interviews, public workshops, and continual clear communications and analysis of findings.

The central goal of the process was to cooperatively develop consensus on cultural policy priorities, major fields of action, and concrete actions/measures to ensure sustainable development of the cultural infrastructure and cultural offerings in Nuremberg through 2030. These actions will make a decisive contribution to the cultural development of Nuremberg and integrate culture more clearly with the design and reflection of urban transformation processes.

This planning process has opened up new perspectives and opportunities for obtaining arts and culture a central place in the urban development of Nuremberg. Nuremberg has a history of responding flexibly and openly to social change and supporting cultural transformation processes. However, local culture is changing rapidly, especially through digitization and in-migration to Nuremberg. This plan seeks to utilize these cultural changes for the greater good of Nuremberg.

This is a “rolling plan” which creates the foundation for growth and change; it can and should be further developed and implemented in dialogue with local stakeholders and should be continually evaluated and updated. It focuses on constructively addressing current and upcoming challenges including digitization and integrating new forms of work and future-oriented urban development with culture. The plan leaves room to  embrace and respond to change and new developments in the years to come; community culture is constantly transforming.

Goals and actions were developed through several large and small workshops with cultural workers, representatives of cultural policy and administration, as well as actors from the fields of education, the economy and tourism. The following three fields of action provide the framework for the plan’s goals and actions:

  • Field of action 1:
    Create foundations for a sustainable cultural policy, cultural development and cultural funding
  • Field of action 2:
    Strengthen diversity and participation
  • Field of action 3:
    “Retell” the past and current narratives of Nuremberg

At the center of future activities is the creation of formats and structures that

  • redefine and improve the cultural-political discourse in Nuremberg,
  • support city cultural administration to be stronger advocates and coordinators on behalf of artists and cultural workers,
  • and support participation of cultural workers and audiences to a new and higher level by opening up and growing cultural ­spaces, funding structures and bodies, and personnel and program development.


The following actions are identified from the cultural strategy to be implemented in a first phase starting in Spring 2018:

1. Create new spaces and formats to facilitate greater discourse around cultural policy

2. Establish a coordination office in the cultural department to ­monitor and implement this cultural plan

3. Develop a digitization strategy for the cultural sector around ­supply, communication and infrastructure

4. Develop a system for making better use of available cultural spaces

5. Evaluate and further develop cultural funding procedures

6. Dismantle barriers to both participation in culture and inter­generational dialogue

7. Further develop current narratives of Nuremberg

This plan presents a vision, guiding principles, fields of action, and specific steps (measures) to implement the goals. The goals and action steps were carefully developed from feedback gathered through an online survey, interviews with key experts/stakeholders, six cultural workshops and four advisory board meetings. Since the final report has been issued by the City Council, steps to implement actions have begun.

Download the Cultural Strategy as an accessible PDF (German)