The German Protestant Kirchentag 2025 will be held in Hanover. The city council decided in the evening with a cross-faction majority to hold the Protestant meeting with about 100.000 participants officially invited to the capital of Lower Saxony.
According to the city and the organizers, the presidium of the Kirchentag had already decided in advance on Hanover as a possible host of the major event, since no other applications had been received. The biennial Kirchentag last visited the Leine in 2005.
Hanover's Lord Mayor Belit Onay (Greens) stressed: "Hanover is an ideal place for this festival – colorful, diverse and cosmopolitan."The city, together with the state of Lower Saxony and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hanover, will host the 39th Protestant Congress in Hanover. To be a church congress.
Costs for Kirchentag to be shared
She also wants to contribute four million euros financially to the organization of the event. Hanover expects a total of around 2.000 individual events on the grounds of Deutsche Messe AG, in the city area and in the Hannover region. According to the city, the planned Kirchentag will cost a total of around 25 million euros to stage.
About a quarter of it would be financed by own resources such as participant fees or donations. The state of Lower Saxony had already pledged seven million euros in June. The regional church of Hanover also takes over seven million euros. The Federation controls 500.000 euros at.
The Kirchentag is in Hanover for the third time
German Protestant Kirchentag was founded in Hanover in 1949. Together with friends, the lawyer and politician Reinold von Thadden-Trieglaff (1891-1976) initiated the movement independent of the official church at that time.
Hannover also hosted Kirchentag in 1967 and 1983. In the coming year, the 3. Ecumenical Church Congress to be held in Frankfurt, but meeting will be mostly digital due to Corona pandemic.
2023 will be the 38th. Protestant Church Congress celebrated in Nuremberg.