Hermann Kesten Fellowship
For authors and journalists from Nuremberg's twin cities
On the occasion of the 950th anniversary of Nuremberg in 2000, the City of Nuremberg offered the Hermann Kesten Fellowship for authors and journalists from its twin cities for the first time. It is in keeping with the ideas of this great writer and cosmopolitan, Hermann Kesten (1900-1996), who spent his childhood and youth in Nuremberg until he was expelled by the National Socialists, that the Office for International Relations aims to inspire intellectuals from its twin cities, mainly writers, but also photographers or film-makers, to a Nuremberg visit. During a stay of several weeks in Nuremberg, twelve Kesten fellows from twelve cities and nations have the opportunity of living and working in Nuremberg. A programme organised by the Office for International Relations and the Press and Information Office in co-operation with further partners, comprises visits to various tourist sights, talks on a number of different topics with Nuremberg colleagues, readings by the Kesten fellows and excursions to Nuremberg's surroundings. Depending on the fellows' interest, individual appointments concerning special topics can also be arranged.
Both the guests and their Nuremberg counterparts consider this meeting of colleagues from all over the world a very valuable opportunity for exchange. After common experiences and exchange of opinions, the resulting fellows' works reflect images of Nuremberg which counter existing prejudices and contribute to a shift in the image of the city.