Our guest writer today, Leipzig-based Australian Luciana Thompson, gives a synopsis, her impressions, some surprises and general experience seeing her first theater play in English in Leipzig since moving here from Melbourne a couple years ago.
There’s so much happening in Leipzig these days, in terms of party and arts and culture, that it’s difficult to keep track. One example is the “festival week” going on right now celebrating 1000 Years of Leipzig – the StadtFestTage – with a different theme everyday based on groups of people. Tuesday’s theme is sports enthusiasts, with a Zumba flashmob slated to congregate at the market square at 5 p.m. Wednesday it’s “everyday heroes” who get honored with special events, while Thursday is dedicated to students, and the whole weekend is filled with live concerts. And if you’ve still got stamina for more, check out the Plagbeatz music festival in Plagwitz, starting at 10 p.m. Saturday.
Starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, dance performances, jazz, pop and hip-hop, a poetry slam and other attractions will take over Marktplatz for Leipziger Frauen Festival 2015. According to Stadt Leipzig, the event aims to publicly celebrate women’s “sovereignty, individuality and joie de vivre. This festival sees itself as an impulse-giving cultural event: women conquering public space.” For more information about the Women’s Festival, the first of its kind in Leipzig, visit http://www.leipzigerfrauenfestival.de.
Intrigued by the title of this event-related post? Good. I’ll explain: Maike Steuer is in the process of transforming the site at Georg-Schumann-Str. 206 into an “intercultural cafe by September.” She invites you to come by Saturday, May 16, to check out the place, hang out, eat, chat and listen to some literature. Nice, cosy way to spend a springtime Saturday afternoon…
What are you doing this Friday, May 15? Will you be in Leipzig? If you feel up to it, come ’round to Uptown Coffee Bar, Riemannstr. 44 (by Flowerpower off Karl Liebknecht Str.), at 5 p.m. Two of my fellow columnists – Stewart Tunnicliff (#MoviesAndTV) and Christijan Robert Broerse (#Literature) – and I will be reading stories and poetry there. The main thread is a special place in each of our respective lives that’s been left but not left behind, because it’s still very present in our minds and creative musings.
It’s Straßenfest season here, it seems! After the Leipzig quarters of Reudnitz (east) and Südvorstadt (south) had their street festivals over the past few weekends, it’s now the west side’s turn. Georg-Schwarz-Straßenfest will take place along the street of the same name, which cuts from Leutzsch to the Lindenau area, all day Saturday, May 9. The handy little flyer inside this post gives you a map of the participating locations.