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“C THE UNSEEN”: CELEBRATING CHEMNITZ AS CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2025

In 2025, Chemnitz will become European Capital of Culture. From groundbreaking inventions to cultural innovations, Chemnitz buzzes with ideas and surprises. So why not experience it all right away?

During the Capital of Culture year 2025, the theme “C the unseen” will bring undiscovered places to life and make the invisible visible… starting with garages. Too small for modern cars, 3,000 garages were converted into workshops, storage rooms, meeting places or even puppet theatres, They reveal secrets or tell stories. 

The Parade of Apple Trees is another initiative from its sponsors to create networks and cultural events. The Purple Path, an art trail, will run through the entire region in 2025 and present art in public spaces. The Fête de la Musique will bring urban experiences to the countryside.

But do not wait until 2025 to explore Chemnitz. Art and culture fans will love the Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz. After Munch, Picasso or Warhol, Pierre Soulages will be the focus of an exhibition this spring.  

The cultural heart of the city is the Theaterplatz with “Chemnitz Theatre”, comprising Opera, Philharmonic, Theatre, Ballet and Puppet Theatre. Each season brings powerful productions, spectacular stage designs and international collaborations. In 1909, the Chemnitz Opera House performed works by Richard Wagner, beginning a tradition that regularly brings Wagner fans to “Saxony’s Bayreuth”. There is also an exciting subculture made of festivals, club and open-air concerts, cabaret performances, markets, galleries and off-theatre. 

The Chemnitz Industrial Museum highlights the city as one of Germany’s industrial cradles. A special exhibition “MaschinenBoom” (until July 25, 2021) is looking at the role of machines in everyday life. Unique in Europe is the Saxon Railway Museum Chemnitz Hilbersdorf with its impressive stock of steam, diesel and electric locomotives.

Another highlight is the Chemnitz State Museum of Archaeology. Some 300,000 years of cultural history are on exhibit in 3,000 sq m of space.

“CITY. Between Skyline and Latrine” will run from April through September 2021. It shows how cities are universal places of diversity, creativity but also conflict. An excellent introduction to the Capital of Culture 2025.


Saxony is the Official Culture Destination of ITB Berlin NOW 2021. You can get a first glimpse by visiting Saxony’s cultural café during the ITB Berlin NOW 2021. Trade visitors and press can enjoy an extensive programme throughout the four days with highlights such as streamed classic and rock/pop concerts as well as interviews and digital tours through museums and historical town centres. The perfect café to just relax and enjoy the moment.

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