January 2018

Furusato: from heimat to meltdown in Japan

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On the seventh anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the documentary Furusato reminds us of the people who stayed behind in their abandoned, radioactive hometown.

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Chemnitz at 875: history, industry, culture

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Known not only for its big Karl Marx head (the “Nischel” in Saxonian), Chemnitz now has around 240,000 inhabitants and a quite important technical university, where 25% of students (!) are international. The city happens to be celebrating its 875th jubilee and is vying to become a European Capital of Culture.

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War in Ukraine: a tattoo on my ventricle

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"I wanted to change the political situation with the infinitesimal fraction of my own participation, so I joined the Ukrainian volunteer movement. At the front line, I found friends and kindred spirits. My feelings for them poured into poetry."

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ACU: American uni opens campus in Leipzig

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Despite the jet lag, there was excitement in the air for the new arrivals from Texas - and quite a few volunteer organizations on hand to tell them how they can help out in their new community.

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MdbK through the eyes of museum-goers

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Get fresh perspectives on contemporary art from a student, a pensioner, a city guide, a media person, a language teacher, a translator, and a guy with amazing insights into history and philosophy. The next "Newcomer" guided tours are this Sunday at the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts (the one in English is at 4 pm).

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Wally opens our Cocktail Open Mic

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To get our Cocktail Open Mic series off to a good start on 2 Feb, Leipzig Opera mezzo soprano soloist Wallis Giunta will do something she doesn't often get the chance to do: sing some country songs for us.

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