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Urban art fest and poetry slam at Leipzig Hbf

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Whether “urban knitting” (where objects in public spaces are altered by knitting), “stairway art,” floor painting or mural graffiti, street art has many faces. This month, Leipzig Central Station (Hbf) becomes the stage and conduit for diverse urban expression. (Though it can be said that Leipzig itself has been so for a long time – just take a look all around you!)

At the Street Art Festival, visitors can admire various art forms and look over artists’ shoulders as they work. A special area also provides information on the history and development of urban art culture, as well as general and useful knowledge about it.

For the first time, a poetry slam will take place on Saturday, 8 October, in the station’s Osthalle. It starts at 4 p.m. Enthusiasts and participants promise great word games and inspiring rhymes.

Street musicians, singer-songwriters and break-dancers will also perform. And over the entire period of the festival, five different 3D floor paintings will be ongoing in the Hbf’s Promenaden.

Visitors can experience the creation of the works of art on the spot and seek direct contact with the artists. One of the paintings (in the Osthalle) is devoted to this year’s Lichtfest.

But at this urban art fest, it’s not only about watching and wondering – you can also actively participate.

In various workshops, under the guidance of the graffiti artists on site, people of all ages can get an insight into street art and creatively roll up their sleeves. You can pick up a spray can or drawing pad; it’s entirely up to you.

Also on 8 October, graffiti artists will be called upon to show off their skills live. Their works will then be displayed in the Promenaden area.

During the weeklong period, the festival’s visitors can vote on which is the most beautiful of the urban artworks exhibited. The winning motif will be printed on 23,200 “Edgar Freecards” and distributed across Leipzig’s bars.

If you do happen to go there – feel free to send us some pics of the action at contact@leipglo.com!


Street Art Festival

6 to 15 October 2016
Promenaden Hbf Leipzig
More information (in German)

Translated and adapted from the Stadt Leipzig website.

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