Chemnitz – Online assembly

Chemnitz addressed all its inhabitants in a live stream assembly. The mayor, several deputy mayors, and high representatives from the health sector participated to the assembly. To put the limited time to good use, the administration collected questions in advance in addition to answering questions during the event. More than 2000 people watched the live stream and more will be able to watch the recording. After the event, answers to the questions were collected and published on the city’s website. Read more here (in German).

Contact: Marcel Krippner

Leeds – Museums and galleries go digital

Leeds Museums and Galleries are giving residents the chance to travel back in time and explore thousands of years of history from home thanks to a new series of online digital discovery sessions. This includes hosting a series of online videos examining artefacts from the Leeds Discovery Centre, which is home to more than a million objects from prehistory, Ancient Egypt and the Roman Empire. Visitors also have the opportunity to choose which objects will be covered by the online sessions by voting for their object of choice via a Facebook poll. Visit the site initiative here

Contact: Titus Carey

Chemnitz – Witnesses of history

The Chemnitz municipal archive initiated an exciting project under the title Chemnitz is resisting – my dream for tomorrow, where citizens are encouraged to leave their experiences, anecdotes and thoughts on these extraordinary times. Thus, this reflections will give the future generations a glimpse of what the city went through. Read more here (in German)

Contact: Pia Sachs

Pau – Interactive tv show to keep a good mood

In times of social distancing, the city of Pau in the French Pyrenees has launched a tv programme to keep an interactive link so that the people of the area can stay in touch with each other. The show “Bonsoir le Béarn” runs from 5-7pm every day and can be followed on YouTube or the city’s internet site. In the second hour, people are invited to participate via phone and share their experiences in confinement. Host Eric Dournès presents the programme with a good amount of humour and says: “Let’s try to stay positive in this period of crisis and to find ourselves even at a distance.” You can follow the live broadcasting and find the previous shows here

Contact: Valérie Demangel