March 30, 2011


Anke Spoorendonk (right) and Birte Pauls are leaving the meeting that was held in Den Røde Boks.(the Red Box) at Alsion.

Today, the European Committee from the Landtag in Kiel visited Sønderborg in order to learn more about the Capital of Culture 2017. The Committee now wants to commit to the project.

3 years ago, the European Committee from Kiel attended a meeting at Sønderborg Castle, at which the Chairman of the Culture and Commerce Committee, Stephan Kleinschmidt, presented the novel idea of becoming European Capital of Culture 2017 in partnership with the cross-border region.

Today, Wednesday, the members of the Committee announced that they are now ready to discuss specific plans for the project. This discussion took place at a meeting at Alsion - Sønderborg’s educational and cultural centre.

As opposed to the European Committee, the politicians of the Landtag in Kiel have decided to support the project a long time ago.Anke Spoorendonk (right) and Birte Pauls are leaving the meeting that was held in Den Røde Boks (the Red Box) at Alsion.

“We are scheduled to debate a cultural development plan for Schleswig-Holstein in May. At that meeting it would be appropriate also to discuss the Capital of Culture project and to generate enthusiasm for it,” said Anke Spoorendonk, SSW member of the Committee.

Wilfried Wengler, who is a CDU member of the Committee, believes, however, that the Capital of Culture project has to be discussed immediately. He also believes that the project must be integrated into a future cultural development plan.


This is sweet music to Stephan Kleinschmidt, who is the initiator of the Capital of Culture project. He is also Project Manager of Vækstcentret (Growth Centre). And at the meeting today, Kleingschmidt presented Vækstcentret, which is an inter-regional project, intended to boost the position of Southern Denmark and Northern Germany through collaboration.

“It would be perfect if we could align our cultural development plans on both sides of the border – especially if they become so integrated that they could be perceived as a single, joint plan,” Kleinschmidt concluded.