From Ulm, Germany
Tuesday 28 June 2016

“The university town of Ulm is located in the south of Germany, between Stuttgart and Munich, directly on the Danube. The city offers variety of historical and modern attractions and cultural institutions - museums, galleries, event houses, theatres and much more, but especially the gothic Ulm Minster with the highest church tower in the world.

The former imperial city has always marked by emigration and immigration. Already in the middle ages Ulm was an important commercial place in the German southwest with connections to the Mediterranean Sea and along the Danube. The history of the city and its population is also reflected again in the today's cityscape. Meanwhile almost 40 percent of the more than 120,000 inhabitants have international roots. Well over half of them became either ethnic German emigrants or German citizens by naturalisation. And also every second child that was born in Ulm has international roots.

Therefore Ulm understands itself as a dynamic "international city" and this is valid particularly for the position in the network of the cities along the Danube. Ulm has shared a common history with these since the emigration movements down the Danube in the 18th century that found their source point in Ulm. Today within the scope of the EU-Danube-place-strategy, Ulm takes also an important position again and can fall back, besides, on a network grown for long time, which allows a living cultural exchange. But to be an international city, however, means to face the regional, national and European challenges of our time and equally offer the identity and openness for a worth living and integrating society.

Therefore, the active cooperation on the European cultural network LIKE corresponds for some years to this international understanding of the city of Ulm. In European dialogue originate common, new project ideas that are carried in collaboration and cooperation and that are realised beyond borders. Networks at artistic, cultural and personal levels are essential at the time when Europe stands before big challenges and a discussion about the self-image of the community of states, by incalculable values - and these networks must be animated constantly anew. That is why it is valuable that this platform of cooperation exists and I thank the team for their efforts with the goal to develop constantly the base of the network, to strengthen it and to aim up-to-date.”