Kultur-Campus Nordost: Ribnitz-Damgarten will become a site

Ribbenitz Damgarten.Ribnitz-Damgarten will become the site of the Kultur-Campus Nordost. A nine-member jury decided on Friday that Amber City should become the home of the Federal and State Academy of Technical and Cultural Education. The idea comes from Verein Opernale e. V. and the Opernale Institute with headquarters in Jager (Municipality of Sundhagen) near Grimmen. Three communes were in the final round, with Ribbenitz-Damgarten winning the lead ahead of Anclam and Grimen.

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Commitment of the municipal community in Ribnitz-Damgarten

“We are very pleased to have been chosen as the jury,” Thomas Hoth, Mayor of Ribbenitz-Dammgarten, said after the decision. The commitment of the Ribnitz-Damgarten participants, especially the staff of the Office for Education, Tourism and Culture, has paid off. A few days before the jury’s visit on Tuesday, April 26, Kristen Luhrmann, for example, shot an application video in no time at all and brought actors from the city together in no time at all. Among others, Mayor Hans Joachim Westendorf, Janet Harnack of Kunstverein, and Axel Atola, head of the Amber Museum, made a statement about the monastery’s meadow in front of the camera. “I’m very proud of my team,” says Thomas Huth.

Tino Leibold, head of the city council’s tourism and culture committee, also praised the administration. “The joy of success is remarkable in all respects. We owe this above all to the short-term commitment of the Cultural Office,” says Leibold.

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We did it together,” said Silke Koons, head of the Office of Education, Tourism and Culture. Using an application that fits the ideas of those responsible for Opera. They had commissioned a feasibility study for a cultural campus in the Northeast and were finally looking for a site for it. One aspect is that the site is located in Western Pomerania. With Ribnitz-Damgarten, a place was now chosen exactly on the border between Mecklenburg and Western Pomerania. “We are very pleased to have found a location for the academy in Ribnitz-Damgarten that radiates to both parts of the country,” says Henriette Sehmsdorf, Opernale’s artistic director.

The jury also considered the property’s potential, accessibility, and landscape appeal as well as the municipalities’ own ideas and commitment to implementation as crucial.

Supporting citizens and own ideas

“Of course we now want to support the implementation of the project to the best of our abilities,” says Christine Luhrmann, the city’s head of marketing and tourism. It was important to show that cultural workers and city citizens were behind the demand. Which is the aspect that convinced the jury, according to Luhrmann.

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In addition, many of the ideas developed for Kultur-Campus Nordost fit in with the local ideas of the site. “The jury has won the city’s remarkable commitment to cultural education and the first steps toward a cultural campus that have already been taken,” said Maria Magdalena Schweigermann, president of the Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania Choir Association.

As is known, the so-called cultural workshop in Ribnitz-Damgarten has been working on the concept of cultural development for the city of amber for a few years now. The basic idea here was to create a cultural campus in the area around the Stadtkulturhaus at Ribnitz. These local ideas coincide with the ideas of the state academy. “Thus, the cultural workshop’s commitment paid off indirectly,” says Christine Luhrmann.

How do you complete now?

The feasibility study for Kultur-Campus Nordost estimates the cost of the project at approximately €30.5 million. In the next step, another feasibility study tailored to Ribnitz-Damgarten will be prepared. The general concept of a state academy must be adapted to the location at the Stadtkulturhaus. The local ideas developed so far will be incorporated.

Funds should be acquired by the end of 2023, planning and construction should take place in 2026/27 and transition to the Academy of Arts in 2030. Funding is an issue that still needs to be clarified. The ongoing operation also requires support from the public treasury, and the feasibility study assumes that just over €300,000 in subsidy is needed. This support must be borne by the state in the first place.

Written by Robert Niemeyer

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