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Alternative Christmas Market in Connewitz | December 7 to 16

There is an alternative, very lovely Christmas market in Werk II, a cultural venue located in Connewitz. Here you can find arts stands,  enjoy regional food and drinks and buy artsy christmas presents.

Opening hours
Mon-Thu: 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Fri-Sat: 1 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Sun: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

For more information, see: https://www.werk-2.de/programm/2018-12-07_weihnachten_am_kreuz_

[poster: © Halina Kirschner]

Welcome to Leipzig – Network meeting 2018

The project “Welcome to Leipzig” is a joint project of currently eight Leipzig scientific institutions and the Leipzig City Council with the aim to improve the culture of welcome for international guest scientists and highly qualified employees from all over the world. This has been achieved in five years. In November, the network partners came together in order to discuss new developments and exchange ideas about how to better welcome international guest researchers.

Now the project is to be given a new project sponsor. Reason for the planned handover of the University of Leipzig to the Leipzig Science Network e.V. (LSN e.V.) is the project financing. With the help of the LSN e.V., an attempt is made to consolidate the project

“Since the beginning of the project, we have moved much closer together in the city. It doesn’t just look like it did here at the network meeting in the Moritzbastei, it really is,” explains Dr. Annemone Fabricius. “Everywhere in the city there are people in the authorities and the scientific institutions who have unbelievable know-how regarding the arrival process. Through the project, we have succeeded in networking them. Now we everybody has direct contact persons, direct communication, the integration offer is richer and our knowledge has increased enormously,” continues the head of the Welcome Centre.

Welcome to Leipzig – intercultural summer meeting at SPINNEREI Leipzig

Once a year, we meet up with researchers from different Leipzig research institutions, from all around the world and from different research backgrounds. We discover a new part of Leipzig while we exchange ideas about research and the world.

This year, we gathered at the premises of the “SPINNEREI” in the west of Leipzig. There, we had the chance to visit the gallery “EIGEN+ART” that also shows works by the famous Leipzig artist Neo Rauch. It currently showed the exhibition “There will be light” by Bosco Sodi who experimented with natural materials producing impressive artworks. However, the SPINNEREI does not only stand for art but also for innovation, which we could see when we visited the “SpinLab”, a start-up accelerator hosting different start-ups and giving them the chance to develop their own ideas.

To conclude the evening, everybody gathered at the restaurant “Die Versorger” to chat over a summer barbecue, to get to know each other and to network.

 

Christmas Market | November 27 to December 23

The tradition of the Leipzig Christmas Market goes back to the 15th century. Due to its unique cultural and culinary offer in the middle of the historic old town, it has acquired an almost legendary reputation. With around 300 stands, it is one of the largest and most beautiful Christmas markets in Germany.

The Christmas Market opens with a concert on 27 November at 5 p.m. on the market square.

[photo: Bernd Goerne, taken from www.leipzig.de]

New permanent exhibition at Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig | Opening on November 6

The new permanent exhibition “Our History. Dictatorship and Democracy after 1945” gives the post-reunification period more space and sets new thematic priorities. Embark on a journey through time and history. The exhibition begins with the period after the Second World War, shows life in the GDR and takes you to the present day of the Federal Republic of Germany: Why is the GDR being created? Who has the power? How do people live, work, celebrate and argue? Why does the GDR fail? How has Germany grown back together since 1990? Which questions and which worries move people today?

The Monday demonstrations took place in Leipzig in autumn 1989, a central step towards the end of the GDR. The permanent exhibition at the historical site shows the revolutionary upheavals in the GDR and Eastern Europe, as well as their effects on Europe and world politics. Successes and difficulties of growing together become clear from a variety of individual points of view.

International terrorism, digitalisation and the refugee crisis are further challenges that reunited Germany is currently facing.

2,000 objects, photos and films illustrate the history of a divided Germany and the time after reunification: the table of the Politburo of the SED is just as much a part of it as parts of the fence of the Prague Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany. Contemporary witnesses share their experiences with you. Their individual stories show how political events affect people’s lives. A video installation by the artist Bettina Flitner puts people’s hopes and worries into perspective today and stimulates discussion in the exhibition’s forum.

The exhibition is free of charge.

For more information see https://www.hdg.de/zeitgeschichtliches-forum/ausstellungen/unsere-geschichte-diktatur-und-demokratie-nach-1945/

[text taken from https://www.hdg.de/zeitgeschichtliches-forum and translated]

International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig) | October 29 to November 4

The International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK Leipzig) is the largest German festival for artistic documentary and the oldest one in the world. It was founded in 1955 in the times of the Cold War and looks back on a rich history where filmmakers from east and west as well as from Latin America, Asia and Africa met and exchanged views.

From October 29 until November 4 2018, it takes place in several cinemas and locations in Leipzig. The programme is very varied, rich and international and is supposed to broaden your horizon and awaken your interest in the life of different people all around the globe.

This year’s festival centre will be the “Museum der bildenden Künste” Leipzig. Tickets are available there, in the festival cinemas and on the festival website. You can either buy single tickets for all films or festival season tickets.

For more information, see www.dok-leipzig.de/en.

 

photo: DOK Leipzig

Exhibition: Disappearing Legacies: The World as Forest | October 20 to December 14

“Save the date for the opening of Verschwindende Vermächtnisse: Die Welt als Wald [Disappearing Legacies: The World as Forest] in the Natural History Collections of Martin Luther University in Halle/Saale, which will be installed throughout the entire building—that is normally not open to the public in this way. The exhibition confronts traditional images of nature in the context of species mass extinction, deforestation, and climate change and was shown in Hamburg and Berlin before.

The project presents contemporary artworks and curatorial assemblages that renounce a romantic notion of untouched nature. Fifteen installations, photographs, sculptures, and moving-image works—including eight newly commissioned projects—draw connections between Alfred Russel Wallace’s nineteenth-century expeditions to Amazonia and Southeast Asia and current urgencies of environmental transformation.”

The entry is free and the exhibition is open from Wednesday to Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.
For more information, see the exhibition website: http://reassemblingnature.org/ [text above taken from the same website; photo: Hermann von Helmholtz-Zentrum für Kulturtechnik]

Latin American Days Leipzig/Halle | October 5 to 27

The “Lateinamerikanische Tage” (Latin American Days ) are a project of Sudaca e.V., which was founded in 2003. Sudaca e.V. wants to inform about the political, economic and social situation in Latin America and bring the cultural diversity of this continent closer to the Leipzig public. The project started with lecture series and cultural events and since 2005, it has regularly shown Latin American films in various Leipzig cinemas.

More than 40 current feature films and short films in original sound with subtitles provide an insight into the current cinema landscape. These include prize winners from international festivals as well as smaller, brand-new productions. In workshops, lectures, film events and discussions with invited guests, same-sex marriage and adoption law in Latin America, prison and human rights or migration will be discussed.

Here you can see the whole programme.

photo: Sudaca e.V.

 

Flea market on the “Feinkost” premises | October 6

Once a month, there is a flea market on the premises of the “Feinkost”, located in the Südvorstadt neighbourhood. On Saturday, October 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be lots of stands selling clothes, household objects, vintage furniture etc.

The “Feinkost” hosts different shops for design, shoes, herbs, clothes and board games as well as a small nightclub and a beer garden and is a cultural institution located at the “Karli” street.

Find more information on their website.

photo: Feinkostgenossenschaft

Intercultural Weeks Leipzig | September 16 to 30

The intercultural weeks Leipzig take place annually and are action weeks in which cultural events, information events and festivals for intercultural exchange take place.

This year’s Intercultural Weeks are held under the motto “Shaping diversity”. With over 100 events, they offer perspectives on how existing diversity can be shaped in the various areas of life. The programme offers discussion evenings, intercultural encounters, films, concerts with music from all over the world, festivals, theatre performances, readings, workshops, sports and family events.

Here you can find this year’s programme. For more information, see the Leipzig webpage.