The budget committee of the German government agreed Thursday (November 10) on funding for several cultural projects and memorials in Hamburg next year. The budget foresees EUR 18.5 million for refurbishing the TV tower and EUR 10.75 for modernising the Laeiszhalle and its concert organ. Around EUR 2.4 million will go towards developing the Oberhafen and creative quartier. Co-financing by the city is subject to approval by the Hamburg Parliament.
More funds for Reeperbahn Festival
Dr. Carsten Brosda, Senator for Culture, said: “The federal funds approved today will provide a strong impetus for important cultural policies in Hamburg. Apart from support for the refurbishment and modernisation of the TV tower, they include further profiling of the musical metropolis of Hamburg.” Refurbishing the Laeiszhalle underlines Hamburg’s musical diversity beyond the Elbe Philharmonic Concert Hall. “The extra funds for the Reeperbahn Festival amount to a strategic strengthening and internationalisation of this festival which is equally important in terms of music and commerce,” he added.
Experienced manager sought for TV tower
The government would foot 50 per cent maximum of the total costs, currently put at EUR 18.5 million, of reopening Hamburg’s TV tower to the public, the senate said. The remainder would be carried by the city of Hamburg. The decision has been welcomed in Hamburg. The owner, Deutsche Funkturm, can now apply for a grant. Confirmation would secure funding by the German government.
Rainer Heimann, Deutsche Funkturm – Manager of the North Region, said: “The chances of reopening Hamburg’s TV tower to the public have never been so good. We will work with the city of Hamburg on the necessary steps.” Funding by the city hinges on finding a manager experienced with such buildings. Hamburg’s Parliament must also approve the city’s share of funding.