The city of Hildesheim boasts two UNESCO world heritage sites and several culturally important institutions. In 2010 the Michaeliskirche (Church of St. Michael) celebrated its 1.000th anniversary. In 2015 city and diocese of Hildesheim celebrate it`s 1.200th anniversary. The Hildesheim Center for World Music, situated in a former church, hostes several thousand sound recordings, books on music ethnology and music instruments from all regions of the world. The Roemer- und Pelizaeus-Museum Hildesheim is a house with a broad spectrum. It owns one of the most important ancient Egypt collections of the world, but also one of Europe’s most beautiful and oldest collections of ancient Peruvian artefacts as well as an important palaeontological collection.
The ICCPR2014 itself will take place on the Kulturcampus Domäne Marienburg, a fortress dating back to the fifteenth century, now the home of Cultural Studies at the University of Hildesheim. The campus is reached by a ten minute shuttle ride from the city, or a twenty minute cycle ride alongside the river Innerste. Bicycles will be provided by the conference. On the final day, after the official closing plenary session, the participants will have the chance to move to Berlin for an exclusive meeting with cultural policy makers and directors of cultural institutions at one of the world´s most vibrant cultural hot spots located two hours by fast train from Hildesheim.
The opening ceremony will take place in the city theatre of Hildesheim, main program at the Kulturcampus Domäne Marienburg and the closing ceremony at the main campus of the University of Hildesheim. Additional information for the additional part taking place in Berlin will follow soon.
The renovation of the Domäne Marienburg into the so-called KULTURCAMPUS (Culture Campus) of the University of Hildesheim is one of the most significant building projects of the recent years.
The Domäne Marienburg in the southeast of Hildesheim looks back onto a history of 650 years. The Domäne was build by bishop Heinrich III. in 1346. After loosing its military relevance, additional outbuildings and dwelling houses were added and it was mainly used for argricultural purposes. In the 19th and early 20th century the Domäne Marienburg had its economic boom as an argricultural centre. A cannery and an ice-cream factory were located on the grounds of the Domäne in the 20th century and added the industrial factor.
Over the centuries large parts of the building stock from the high middle ages were preserved and after the Hildesheim city centre got almost destroyed completely during the bombings of World War II, the appreciation for the Domäne Marienburg grew rapidly among the people of Hildesheim. Besides several rebuild churches in the city centre, it is one of the last few remaining buildings from the high middle ages in the Hildesheim area.
In 1993 the University of Hildesheim started to acquire parts of the property for its FACULTY II „Cultural Studies and Aesthetic Communication”.
Nowadays, the Domäne Marienburg has a landmark status and has been renovated for the FACULTY II. Further buildings have been added, such as the newly constructed building of the DEPARTMENT of Theatre, Media and Popular Culture, including a modern black box theatre of 200 square meters and an up-to-date stage machinery. Almost all seminar rooms are modernized and equipped with up to date technology.
Recent Renovation had been the so-called white house to host the departments of cultural policy and the department of philosophy.The Hofcafé, a cozy café with a charming garden for the warmer days, had also been built from scratch in the recent years and is open to the many students and teachers of the University, as well as countless tourists coming to visit the Domäne Marienburg and the picturesque countryside.