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Carsten Brosda appointed new Senator of Culture

Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg, praises state councillor's "excellent reputation" - successor already agreed

Dr. Carsten Brosda, State Councillor for Culture, Media and Digital Affairs has been appointed Hamburg’s new Senator for Culture and successor to Senator Barbara Kisseler, who died in 2016, Olaf Scholz, Mayor of Hamburg announced Friday (January 27th). Jana Schiede, former Senator for Justice, is to become the authority’s new councillor. Commenting on the appointment, Scholz said: “Carsten Brosda has an excellent reputation among Hamburg’s creative minds. He is a competent contact person and has sound experience in administration. He has proven the value of his work in the Cultural Authority hitherto last year. I wish him lots of luck and success in his new office.”

From Elbphilharmonie to initiatives in districts of Hamburg

Brosda said: “Thank you for the trust. Barbara Kisseler set important guidelines in cultural policy the development of which will be a big task. A period of diverse, cultural impetus and further enhancing Hamburg’s profile as a city of culture lies ahead of us. Faced with complex situations all over the world presently, a tendency towards questions about the sense and direction are palpable. Culture in Hamburg – from the Elphilharmonie to initiatives in districts – can create places and opportunities. I look forward to working on these issues with colleagues in the Cultural Authority.”

Diverse offices on federal and state levels

Dr. Carsten Brosda, a journalist and political scientist, was born in Gelsenkirchen in 1974. From 2000 to 2005, he worked as a press officer, editor, speechwriter and “Advisor on Fundamental Issues” at the SPD party executive in Berlin. After positions in the German Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs and in the SPD, he became head of the newly-created Office of Media in Hamburg’s Senate Chancellery in 2011. Later, he became the proxy of the Senate of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg for Media. On March 1, 2016, Brosda was appointed State Councillor of the Senate Chancellor for Media and Digital Affairs and State Councillor of the Cultural Authority.

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