What if you randomly got to hang out with your favorite band?
Last week, I started posting the suggestions of what to do for fun in Leipzig compiled by a local resident with her finger on the social pulse. I’m adding a few of my own suggestions to her list this time around, of things I’ve heard about via Facebook or word of mouth. Again, diverse activities to fill your summer days here.
Carve out a spot in your busy calendars for Friday, June 26, 3-4 p.m. That’s when three of our LeipGlo columnists – Stewart Tunnicliff, Maeshelle West-Davies, and Christijan Robert Broerse – will give a literature show full of surprises at Leipzig’s first KUK! Festival. Organized by HTWK, the festival features an array of other attractions as well, from live folk and orchestra music to a science slam and after-show party.
Laying bare the normalization of nationalistic, xenophobic, racist and antisemitic rhetoric, Prof. Ruth Wodak builds a new framework for this ‘politics of fear’ that is entrenching the social divides of nation, gender and body in Europe and beyond. The result reveals the micro-politics of right-wing populism: how discourses, genres, images and texts are performed and manipulated in both formal and also everyday contexts with profound consequences.
A very well-accomplished but apparently quite modest fellow glocal will be speaking in Leipzig on Wednesday, June 3. It’s the inaugural lecture of Prof. Scarlett Cornelissen, the recently appointed Leibniz Professor at Leipzig University’s Research Academy. It’s entitled “Asia in the African Scholarly Imaginary,” and sounds intriguing to me, so I’ll be there. The lecture starts at 5:15 p.m. and lasts until 6:45 p.m., at the Alter Senatssaal, Ritterstr. 26, 04109 Leipzig. It’s open to the general public.
Next week I’ll go and see my first play in English in Leipzig. It’s called The Mysterious Mr. Love, from English Theatre Leipzig, and it will run May 28th through 30th, starting each time at 8 p.m., at Neues Schauspiel. It’s about a conman (“George Love”) who tries to dupe a spinster (“Adelaide”) into marrying him so he can run off with her money, but nothing goes as planned, and intrigue, drama and – perhaps even romance??? – ensue in the London of 1910.